TORONTO 2017 NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENOUS GAMES ANNOUNCES GOLDCORP AS PLATINUM SPONSOR
Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games – Toronto, ON – June 23, 2017 – Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG) Host Society is proud to announce Goldcorp as a Platinum Sponsor of the Games, scheduled for July 16-23, 2017.
The agreement with Goldcorp includes official recognition as a Platinum Partner for what is expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples in North America. The Games will host more than 5,000 participants, 2,000 volunteers, and countless spectators in 14 sport competitions being held within 16 world-class venues, located across the Greater Toronto Area, including the Region of Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River.
Goldcorp is a leading gold producer focused on responsible mining practices with safe, low-cost production throughout the Americas. Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, the company employs more than 15,800 people worldwide, engaged in gold mining and related activities including exploration, extraction, processing and reclamation. Goldcorp’s operating assets include four mines in Canada, two mines in Mexico and four in Central and South America.
“We are proud to announce Goldcorp as a Platinum Sponsor of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games. They embody values which align with the spirit of collaboration and community building, and strive to develop strong relationships with Indigenous communities through employment programs, economic contributions and support for health and education initiatives. In this time of reconciliation, it is the responsibility of each of us, to walk forward in the right way and on the right path, in unity, to create a better and brighter future for the next generation.”
– Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, CEO, Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games
“We believe it’s important to promote traditional and Indigenous sports, support Canada’s indigenous athletes, and emphasize the importance of health, wellness and physical activity amongst young people across the country. Goldcorp is proud to sponsor the North American Indigenous Games, which will showcase Indigenous youth and communities and provide a platform to inspire a new generation of talented athletes.”
– Brent Bergeron, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Goldcorp
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 athletes are expected to participate.
- More than 2,100 volunteers have already signed up to be involved with 2017 NAIG through www.naig2017.to/en/getinvolved.
- 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.
- Net proceeds from 2017 NAIG will be directed to a Legacy Fund, aimed at providing increased sport, health and wellness programming, services and equipment to Indigenous youth across the Province of Ontario.
- The Toronto 2017 NAIG Opening Ceremony presented by Hydro One will take place at Aviva Centre on July 16 at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Director, Marketing and Communications
Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society