For centuries, First Nations people have held games all across Turtle Island. These games were of high importance for Indigenous and were meant to teach social, and personal values for all the generations in a community.
Many modern sports today are in fact, actually derived from these traditional games!
The very first North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) took place in 1990, following the twenty-year journey that led to the unveiling of the dream of having one of the largest Indigenous sport and culture events in North America!
Since the first year, the NAIG have been held eight times and now welcome over 5,000 Aboriginal youth in 14 traditional and modern sports!
For further information about the NAIG:visit the NAAG Council.
The vision for the NAIG
The vision of the NAIG is to improve the quality of life for Indigenous peoples by supporting self-determined sports and cultural activities which encourage equal access to participation in the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the community in which they reside and which respects Indigenous distinctiveness.
Team Eastern Door and the North
Team Eastern Door and the North (EDN) is the official team representing the region of Quebec at the NAIG. The team has always offered an environment where its athletes can perform in the spirit of friendship and athletic excellence in a competitive environment celebrating the diverse Indigenous cultures represented.
The athletes who join team EDN undergo extensive training, sometimes for months or even years. The athletes representing the region of Quebec have earned a spot on the team through their hard work, dedication and determination to be a part of this important event, and deserve recognition for their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
Team EDN is guided by three fundamental values: respect, athletic excellence and team spirit. Team EDN encourages and promotes cultural exchanges and sharing among its members in a spirit of respect, with their Indigenous peers and competitors from all regions represented at the NAIG. The NAIG are an outstanding opportunity to highlight the perseverance of the athletes, the riches of North American Indigenous cultures while offering a unique chance for fulfillment and personal achievement to young First Nations and Inuit members.
Team EDN is committed to reinforcing a sense of cultural belonging and cultural pride among Aboriginal youth of all First Nations and Inuit represented in the region of Quebec. It has the following objectives:
- Offer a unique opportunity for Aboriginal youth to develop a sense of accomplishment, pride and self-confidence through a unique experience of persevering in training and competition for the NAIG.
- Provide a space to foster a sense of belonging in a community and nation and develop a sense of pride in representing First Nations and Inuit cultures, identities and athletic excellence.
- Develop sports and athletic skills in First Nations and Inuit communities.
- Promote the development of holistic, healthy lifestyles among Aboriginal youth.
Chef de mission: Sophie Picard
Sophie Picard is an Aboriginal woman from the Huron-Wendat Nation. She is the proud mother of a 13-year-old daughter, and is inspired by providing opportunities for all Aboriginal youth to work towards brighter futures.
Having obtained a Master’s degree in public administration, her educational and professional journey have brought her to her current position as the Health Services Manager at the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC), where she has been working for more than ten years.
Sophie is motivated and driven by the mission of the FNQLHSSC and shares values of promoting health, balance and cultural identity for Aboriginal people. She has also been involved in the past in the organization of special events at the international level, such as the Summit of the Americas, the Francophone Games and the World Police & Fire Games.
Message from the Chef de Mission
On behalf of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Service Commission (FNQLHSSC), it is with great pride that I participate in the coordination of all preparation aspects for our regional team Eastern Door and the North (EDN) for the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2017.
The Games have now become one of the largest Indigenous sports and cultural events in North America, and also represent a great opportunity to showcase the commitment of our young athletes, who are inspiring young role models. The participation in the NAIG entails months, and sometimes years of training and preparation. It must be mentioned that the support of families, communities, coaches, sponsors and supporters is essential to their participation and the success of the team.
To facilitate communication towards the Games, we have created this website which contains all the necessary information.
I look forward to seeing the growth and success of our athletes throughout this journey. It is with great excitement that I invite you to closely follow this event that highlights cultural pride and athletic excellence.
Sophie Picard, Chef de Mission
- Chef de mission: Sophie Picard, health services manager, FNQLHSSC, is responsible for coordinating the delegation and serves as the main liaison between participants and the host society (Toronto).
- Mission staff: Responsible for ensuring the progress of Team EDN’s operations and supporting the participants through the various steps and processes leading up to the 2017 NAIG.
- Advisory committee: Responsible for supporting the mission staff in coordinating activities related to Team EDN’s participation in the NAIG.
Team EDN community liaison officers: Selected by their local community to provide liaison between the participants and the FNQLHSSC coordination team, the liaison officers are responsible for coordinating and ensuring distribution of information, answering questions and responding to the local needs of coaches and athletes in their community.