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Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games​ – Toronto, ON – July 12, 2017 – A final limited block of tickets are now on sale for the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One and exclusive Viewing Party scheduled for July 16, 2017.
 
The Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One will be a spectacular event, showcasing the diversity of Indigenous communities from across Ontario and beyond, with Indigenous musical performances from across Turtle Island. The world-class Aviva Centre provides an intimate experience for all participants and spectators.
 
The show will feature choreography from world-renowned dancer, Santee Smith, in addition to a number of award-winning Indigenous musical artists, representing First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. The ceremony, which will mark the beginning of the eight-day international, multi-sport and cultural event, will also feature a parade of athletes, uniting individuals and communities in a celebration of past, present and future.
 
The Viewing Party will be held at the Games Cultural Festival site at York University and will offer a live feed of the Opening Ceremonies as well as unique entertainment options for guests of the party. Ticket holders to the Viewing Party will take home a free Toronto 2017 NAIG promotional item and children under five-years of age will be admitted free of charge. Additionally, the parade of athletes will travel to the Viewing Party where spectators will have a close-up look at the participants before entering the stadium.
 
Tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Viewing Party are available for purchase athttp://naig2017.to/en/culture/opening-ceremony/ticketing/. The Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One will begin at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, with pre-show beginning at 7:15 p.m. Gates to the Viewing Party will open at 6:00 p.m. with festivities kicking-off at 7:00 p.m.

 

Toronto 2017 NAIG Quick Facts

  • From July 16-23, 2017, the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) are expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The Toronto 2017 NAIG will host more than 5,000 participants, and thousands of spectators for 14 sport competitions being held within world-class venues located across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River.
    • The 14 core sports of the Toronto 2017 NAIG include: 3-D Archery; Athletics; Badminton; Baseball; Basketball; Canoe/Kayak; Golf; Lacrosse; Rifle Shooting; Soccer; Softball; Swimming; Wrestling; Volleyball.
  • Equally important, Toronto 2017 NAIG will host two week-long cultural festivals open to the public, showcasing a variety of Indigenous artists, traditional learning, vendors, food, cultural performances and nightly entertainment.
  • Participating teams represent all 13 provinces and territories of Canada, as well as up to 13 regions from the United States; more than 5,000 participants are expected.
  • The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, have each committed $3.5 million dollars to help fund the 2017 Games, in recognition of the NAIG as an important agent in promoting Indigenous sport development and recreation in Canada.
  • The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), in collaboration with the City of Toronto and Government of Ontario, won the bid to host 2017 NAIG. As the sole rights holder, ASWCO created Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society, a separate corporation to manage and operate the Games.
Acknowledgement
Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society honours the traditional lands and homelands on which the 2017 North American Indigenous Games will take place. We honour and thank the Huron-Wendat Nation, Metis Nation of Ontario, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River as our community partners and traditional inhabitants of the lands of the City of Toronto, Region of Hamilton, Durham Region and surrounding areas.
 
Contact Information:
Abidah Shirazi
Director, Marketing and Communications
Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society
abidah.shirazi@naig2017.to
416-825-3348