Frequently asked questions

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The host society is in charge of coordinating meals, and has received the information about the intolerances or allergies indicated on the participant registration forms. Your child’s coach also has this information. Please make your child aware of the importance of mentioning these items to those responsible for the distribution of meals whenever they come to the counter.


All official team members (athletes, coaches, assistant coaches, managers, chaperones and mission staff) are covered by Blue Cross travel insurance. This provides, among other things, the necessary coverage for medical care and hospital services ON PRESENTATION OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE CARD.

Important information and procedures for attending the NAIG opening ceremony

Date: July 16, 2017

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Aviva Centre, Toronto


Number of seats available to team EDN parents: 175

The NAIG opening ceremony will take place on July 16 at the Aviva Centre in Toronto at 7:30 p.m. More than 5,000 athletes will join together at the Aviva Centre to kick off a once-in-a-lifetime competitive and cultural experience.

The host society is well on track to make the NAIG a success and is working hard to get there. The convergence of so many athletes on one site is challenging. Thus, for the opening ceremony, the host society has designated two sites where people can attend from a distance or close up.

  • Aviva Centre
  • Outdoor site near the Aviva Centre, where the opening ceremony will be broadcast on a giant screen

It is important to note that the NAIG will be broadcast live on the web site

There is a limited number of seats reserved at the Aviva Centre for team EDN. Parents of athletes can purchase tickets for $50 per ticket.

Athletes do not need a ticket.

The host society imposes a limit of four (4) tickets per e-mail address. As the number of tickets is limited, we expect them to disappear within one hour of posting. If you want to be at the heart of the action, do not delay in purchasing them.

Important note for parents

If you didn’t receive the email with the details and procedure to purchase tickets for the opening ceremony and you would like to attend the event, please let us know at and we will forward you the email.

Ticket information – Aviva Centre

  • Limited number of tickets: 175
  • Cost: $50 per ticket
  • Opening of the ticket office: Monday, June 5, at noon
  • Limit of four (4) tickets per e-mail address
  • Purchase online by credit card or check
  • Please note: the host society must have received the payment before June 17, 2017.

Failing receipt of payment, the host society will put the tickets on sale to the general public.

  • Tickets can be picked up on July 15 or 16 at the Aviva Centre’s distribution centre (more details will be provided soon)
  • The link for buying your tickets will be sent on Monday, June 5, at noon.

Ticket information – outside site near the Aviva Centre, where the opening ceremony will be broadcast on a giant screen

  • Cost: $15 (children under the age of 5 will be allowed entry for free, however will count toward the overall ticket limit per person)
  • Opening of the ticket office: June 2nd at midnight
  • Limit of four (4) tickets per e-mail address
  • Purchase online by credit card or check

Please note: The host society must have received the payment by check before June 17, 2017.

Failing receipt of payment, the Host Society will put the tickets on sale to the general public.


Important: Any remaining tickets will be made available for purchase as of Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 12 PM EST.

Communication during the NAIG

A daily bulletin will be posted on this website and on our Facebook page every morning, where you will also find information about competitions, cultural events and more.

The CBC will present coverage of the event. Please consult their programming for more information:

For emergencies, please contact your child’s coach or Claudia Bastien at 514-567-5874.

Composition of team EDN

  • 80 adults (head coaches, assistant coaches, managers, chaperones and mission staff)
  • 292 athletes from 12 to 19 years of age

The head coach is fully responsible for each athlete. Mission staff has a mandate to ensure the smooth running of activities and to support the coaches in their duties.


Shows and performances by Aboriginal artists will be presented daily at the two cultural villages (McMaster University and York University). The youth will be able to attend these presentations at the end of the day. Artists and artisans will also offer a variety of works at the various kiosks on site.


The athletes and coaches will be accommodated at 4 different venues, determined by the host society, mainly based on the competition venues: York University, Durham College, McMaster University and Humber College. Please see the table [specify where] for more information. The youth will have to respect the curfew rules and stay in their room from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. They will all have to be in bed at 11 p.m. (lights out). The coaches may ask them to go to bed early because of the competitions.

There is a laundry room in each residence. To use the washers and dryers you will need some change as well as detergent (you can either buy some or bring your own).

For parents who wish to attend the Games, it is recommended that you identify a place to stay close to your child’s competition site since the sites are often very distant from one another. You can find more information at the following website:

What to bring

  • Health insurance card (MANDATORY)
  • Other identification
  • Lightweight clothing including black shorts (in case it is very hot during the opening ceremony)
  • Sports sneakers or walking shoes
  • If necessary, medicine or other necessities
  • Cap or hat and sunglasses
  • Lunch for the trip to Toronto
  • Uniform of the sports team and equipment as needed
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Bedding will be provided.
  • *Spending money
  • **Clothing adapted to the season

*Please note that your child will be offered three meals a day. Transportation and accommodation costs are also included in the fees you have already paid ($220 per athlete). However, your child’s team may travel to tourist sites, and the costs vary considerably. He or she will have to pay these costs. It is therefore recommended that you talk to your child’s coach about his/her intentions in relation to activities outside the Games. Your child will have access to washers and dryers (at a cost).

**The temperature might be hot. In July 2016, it varied between 22 and 35 degrees Celsius in the day and between 14 and 22 in the evening and night.

Questions and additional information

Before the Games

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s coach. If he/she is unable to respond, contact Éva Demers at 418-842-1540 ext. 2713.

During the Games

For more information, please visit the website at or the team EDN Facebook page, or write to


Security is a priority for team EDN and for the host society. Security protocols have been established to ensure the safety of participants at all venues (competitions and accommodation). The coaches will remain with the youth at all times to supervise them. All adults have met the requirements of the security governing rules prescribed by the NAIG Council (criminal record check).

The athletes and their chaperones will be accommodated in university residences and the boys and girls will be separated on different floors. Security protocols have been put in place at each of the accommodation sites, including hallway monitors, control of entrances and exits and random bag searches. The mission team and the coaching staff will also make surprise visits to ensure compliance with established rules.

Medical care

All sites will offer first aid services. Various services and specialists will also be available free of charge on some sites. A polyclinic, open 24 hours a day, will be set up at York University.


The host society has confirmed that a number of free parking spaces will be available for the duration of the Games. Some sites such as Humber College, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre and York University will charge fees.

Team transportation

On July 15, athletes will have to travel by their own means to a central location that will be identified by the mission team. Unless otherwise stated, they will return to the same place on July 23 at the end of the day. Information on location, departure and return times, names of people in charge, etc. will be available on this page no later than July 5. SINCE NO STOP IS SCHEDULED DURING THE TRIP, THE ATHLETES MUST BRING THEIR LUNCH. Unless authorized by the Chef de Mission, all athletes will be required to travel to the Games on team EDN buses.

In Toronto, transportation from one site to another will be provided free of charge and coordinated by the host society responsible for organizing the event.

At the end of the competitions, if a parent wishes to leave with his/her child, he/she may do so by completing the form “Disclaimer of Parental Responsibilities – Early Departure” (by downloading it from this site [PROVIDE THE LINK] or by getting it from the coaches) AND by informing Claudia Bastien at 514-567-5874.

Team values

All members of team EDN must proudly wear the team’s colours in respect of its values: respect, team spirit and athletic excellence. All must comply with the rules of team EDN and the host society, presented in the “Participant’s Commitment” form downloadable below:

In addition, the consumption of alcohol, drugs or commercial tobacco is prohibited throughout the duration of the Games. If a participant is in violation of these rules, he/she will be returned home at the parents’ expense, regardless of the consequences of this situation to the rest of the team.

Transportation information

Departure is July 15th and return on July 23rd.

Daily Newsletter


Important information for the NAIG

Some 300 athletes ages 14 to 19 will represent team Eastern Door & the North (EDN) at the next North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in July 2017 in Toronto. A delegation will be formed based on tryout camps to be held in summer and fall 2016. The delegation will include young people from various First Nations, Inuit villages and other communities around Quebec. Their efforts and perseverance will make them role models in their respective sports.

Every athlete must uphold the team EDN values and comply with the code of conduct.

EDN Team


Parents play a pivotal role in their children’s development. Every day they help their kids make healthy and active lifestyle choices and celebrate their challenges and accomplishments.

Communiqué to the parents – December 26, 2016

Venues and Schedule

Venues and schedules

Sports Competition venues Accommodation sites Training dates Competition dates Person in charge
3-D Archery Hamilton Angling & Hunting Association (HAHA) McMaster University July 17, 2017 July 18 to 20, 2017 Karonhiio Curotte



Athletics University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) / York Lions Stadium, York University York University July 18, 2017 Cross country: July 17


Other events: July 19 to 21, 2017

·       Angie Marquis



Badminton Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) Durham College July 16, 2017 July 17 to 21, 2017 Dave Vollant


Baseball Dan Lang Field, University of Toronto Scarborough / Ajax Sportsplex Durham College July 16, 2017 July 17 to 20, 2017 Alain Madore

Basketball Tait McKenzie Centre, York University / Humber Athletics & Recreation Centre, Humber College – North Campus / HoopDome Humber College (girls)


York University (boys)

July 16, 2017 July 17 to 21, 2017 U16M: Matthew Barr

U16F: Walter Whitebean


U19M: Tyler Gideon

U19F: Amélie Gélinas


Canoe/Kayak Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC) McMaster University July 16, 2017 July 17 to 19, 2017 Sharon Rice


Golf Humber Valley Golf Course, City of Toronto Humber College July 17, 2017 July 18 to 21, 2017 James Lazare


Lacrosse Iroquois Lacrosse Arena / Gaylord Powless Arena / Harry Howell Arena McMaster University July 16, 2017 July 17 to 21, 2017 U16M : Ryan Jacobs


U19M : Warren Goodleaf

U19F : James Burns


Rifle Shooting Toronto International Trap & Skeet Club (TTS) Humber College July 16, 2017 July 17 to 19, 2017 Shakowennenhawi Deer


Soccer McMaster University McMaster University July 16, 2017 July 17 to 22, 2017 U16F: Oronhiateken Diabo


U19F: Bronwyn Johns

Softball Turner Park, City of Hamilton McMaster University July 16, 2017 July 17 to 22, 2017 U16M: Luc Basile Grégoire

U16F : Mitchell McMartin

U19M: Kenny  Fontaine


Swimming Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) Durham College July 19, 2017 July 20 to 21, 2017 Mélissa Oakes

Volleyball Tait McKenzie Centre, York University / Humber Athletics & Recreation Centre, Humber College – North Campus York University July 18, 2017 July 19 to 22, 2017 U16F: Jenny Lee Vachon



U19F: Geraldine  Jacobs



Wrestling Toronto Track & Field Centre, York University McMaster  University July 17, 2017 July 18 to 19, 2017 Peter Montour




The team EDN coaches are selected based on their social and technical skills to coach youth. Passionate and committed, they adopt the values of team EDN and create an environment based on respect, athletic excellence and team spirit while promoting the code of conduct with the youth. They are the key players in guiding the participants in their athletic journeys and encourage the maintenance of balanced lifestyles and activities in preparation for the NAIG competitions.

Coaches coordinate all activities for their chosen sport in keeping with the mission, priorities, values, and overall policies of the EDN delegation. They manage the team and athletes. They also ensure the athletes under their supervision are mentally and physically read to compete. Coaches do everything they can to ensure a safe environment in which all team members are treated fairly and with respect. They take on any administrative tasks required to effectively manage the team and athletes. The First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) coordinates the team EDN and appoints coaches on a volunteer basis, unless the band council decides otherwise.

À propos - équipe PEN-EDN

Mission Staff

The mission team comprises individuals with varying expertise and skills. They support the team EDN and play specific logistics, oversight, and management roles before and after the Games.

The team EDN is led by Sophie Picard, Chef de mission for the NAIG 2017 delegation. Ms. Picard is also a health services manager with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC). Team EDN members will have an incredible and unforgettable experience under her effective leadership. The Chef de mission will reflect the team’s values, rally participants, and prepare them to participate in one of North America’s greatest sporting and cultural events in a manner that promotes respect, interaction, and healthy competition.