2017 North American Indigenous Games

Par Chantal Cleary | avr. 07, 2016

The FNQLHSSC is in charge of coordinating the Eastern Door and the North delegation


In accordance with the mandate of the chiefs of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador in sports and leisure, the FNQLHSSC is in charge of coordinating the activities surrounding the Eastern Door and the North (EDN) delegation (in French: Porte de l’Est et du Nord [PEN]). The delegation is set to represent the First Nations of Quebec at the next North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto from July 16 to 23, 2017.


This major sporting and cultural event aims to promote excellence and to foster a sense of belonging, self-confidence and autonomy in young athletes aged 12 to 19. Every three years, Aboriginal communities in Canada and the United States come together to celebrate their cultural heritage and live athletic feats at the NAIG, a high-level sports competition that promotes the adoption of healthy lifestyles. The EDN team will consist of approximately 350 participants (coaches, chaperones and delegation staff, close to 300 athletes) from communities across Quebec.


An in-house team was put together to fulfill this mandate. The Board of Directors first appointed Sophie Picard (health services manager) as the Chef de Mission. Two resources were made available part-time to coordinate the activities: Geneviève Voyer will be acting as project manager and Heidi Jourdain will be providing administrative support. Other employees will be asked to lend a hand on occasion. 


Given the scope of the communications management mandate, a contract was awarded to an external consulting firm. It will be supported by the in-house team. A website and Facebook page will be created in the coming weeks so that you can follow the events.


In addition, to simplify communications with the communities, athletes, coaches, etc., a community contact person has been identified. The community contact person will be in charge of relaying information throughout the preparatory phase. Coach recruitment is set to begin this week. It will be followed by selection camps (Summer-Fall 2016) to form the teams for the various sports and age groups. The teams will be composed of athletes from several communities in an effort to promote the participation of multi-nation teams.