Aug 29, 2008

‘Find Your Passion in Sport’ Aboriginal Sport Poster Series Campaign CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and its partner, the Four Host First Nations (FHFN), recognize that sport plays a central role in promoting health and wellness within Aboriginal communities. VANOC and the Four Host First Nations have set a goal of achieving unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning and staging of the Games and are working with their partners to encourage greater Aboriginal participation in sport.

Aug 27, 2008

Instructors from Sudbury Canadians bring game to First Nations

Players with local soccer organization plans to share their love and knowledge of the sport with children in nearby First Nations communities.

Four New Brunswick win Bronze at Indigenous Games

Austin McKay and Brett Francis of Eel Ground First Nation and Julian Augustine and Tanner Cloud of Metepenagiag First Nation were members of the baseball team that took part in the games held from Aug. 3-10 in the Cowichan Valley in B.C.

Stars program teaches life, hockey skills to Inuit kids

Every August Lou Pelino and his two sons make a difference in children's lives through the sport Canada is renowned for loving.The children of Nunavut get the opportunity of a lifetime, attending the Nunavut Stars Hockey Camp each summer at no cost and training with some of the biggest names in the National Hockey League.

Adams and Dobrescu preparing for run at First Nations Cup lacrosse

After spending half their summer traveling to Alberta to play lacrosse, the provincial field lacrosse team is confident. Friday Saskatchewan’s best under-19 field lacrosse players will be in Edmonton competing for the First Nations Cup national junior field lacrosse championships.

Aug 20, 2008

Recreation, sports bring chiefs to town

The Peninsula played host to a gathering of more than 100 First Nations chiefs and Metis leaders in the lead-up to the North American Indigenous Games. The group, which included Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, had come together to discuss increasing opportunities for sports and recreation in Aboriginal communities.

Listuguj welcomes youth athletes home

Listuguj - Athletes from Listuguj who attended the North American Indigenous Games in British Columbia were given a rousing welcome home on Aug. 12.

When the athletes arrived by bus, they were greeted outside Wysote's store by Chief Allison Metallic and others, after which they were taken across the street and seated in a float. With a police car in the lead, they were then taken in a procession of horn-honking cars and trucks around Listuguj. The procession ended at the Elders' Lodge, where a lunch had been prepared for them and parents and friends were waiting.

Forsey siblings lead way at Indigenous Games

Team Newfoundland and Labrador sent thirty-four athletes to the North American Indigenous Games in Cowichan Valley, British Columbia last week, eight of which were from this area.

New Brunswick athletes successful at 2008 North American Indigenous Games

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A total of nine medals were won by Aboriginal Team New Brunswick at the 2008 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), which were held Aug. 3-10 in the Cowichan Valley in B.C. The team won four gold, one silver and four bronze.

Aug 14, 2008

Native snowboarders reach for podium

Vancouver — While Canada's summer Olympians compete in Beijing, a group of young natives is inching closer to its own Olympic dream. On Saturday and Sunday, members of the B.C.-based First Nations Snowboard Team will head to Vancouver for a training camp to prepare for the coming season. The team's goal: to have an athlete on the podium at the 2010 Winter Games.

Aug 12, 2008

Congratulations to EDN Athletes!

The Eastern Door and the North (composed of Cree, Mohawk, Innu and other First Nations Youth in Quebec) were honoured today at the closing ceremonies and received an honorary award called the John Fletcher Spirit Award which is presented to the team that best demonstrates the spirit of teamwork, fair play, respect, and integrity throughout the competition. Congratulations to the Eastern Door and the North!

Deputy Grand Chief Ashley Iserhoff (middle row center) attended the games, saying it was an honour to witness the youth participate, and an inspiration to see the support of parents, coaches and the many volunteers in Cowachin, BC.

Sask. athletes clean up at North American Indigenous Games

Team Saskatchewan returned home from the North American Indigenous Games on Monday with 243 medals and the overall team championship.

North American Indigenous Games 2008 Medal Standings

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Team/ Gold / Silver / Bronze / Total Medals / Total Points

Team Saskatchewan 94 / 81 / 68 = 243 / 1536
Team Ontario / 48 / 54 / 41 = 143 / 879
Team Alberta / 48 / 42 / 34 = 124 / 786

Team/ Gold / Silver / Bronze / Total

Team BC / 47 / 34 / 32 = 113 / 723
Team Manitoba / 29 / 45 / 40 = 114 / 651
Eastern Door/The North / 34 / 26 / 26 = 86 /540
Team Yukon / 21 / 15 / 13 = 49 / 318
Team Washington / 16 / 14 / 17 = 47 / 279
Team Arizona / 18 / 8 / 8 = 34 / 234
Team NWT / 7 / 16 / 20 = 219
Team New York / 12 / 8 / 17 = 207
Team Wisconsin / 12 / 9 / 31 = 192
Team Nova Scotia / 7 / 9 / 11 = 27 / 150
Team NFLD/LAB / 6 / 7 / 5 = 18 / 111
Team Nunavut / 5 / 9 / 2 = 16 / 105
Team Colorado / 5 / 6 / 7 = 18 / 102
Team Connecticut / 3 / 7 / 6 = 16 / 87
Team New Brunswick / 4 / 1 / 4 = 9 / 54
Team Oregon / 2 / 3 / 1 = 6 / 39
Team Florida / 1 / 2 / 2 = 5 / 18
Team Michigan / 1 / 1 / 1 = 3 / 18
Team North Carolina / 0 / 1 / 0 = 1 / 6

Aug 8, 2008

North American native games is all about respect

DUNCAN -- There's a recurring theme at the North American Indigenous Games -- the volunteers are doing a magnificent job.

North American Indigenous Games draw 4,500 athletes to Vancouver Island

While the Cowichan Valley is reaping the economic windfall from the North American Indigenous Games this week, the chief of the band hosting the games said exposure to a culture of diversity and excellence may be the biggest reward.

Olympic hero shares native games' spirit of hope

Billy Mills had the sports announcer so worked up that the broadcaster was screaming into the microphone: "Look at Mills! Look at Mills! Wahoo!"

The Lakota Indian was streaking ahead in the final seconds of the 10,000-metre foot race to take the gold for the United States at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Aug 5, 2008

Saskatchewan Athletes to Compete at the 2008 North American Indigenous Games

August 1 - Saskatchewan will send a strong team to compete at the 2008 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) being held August 3 to 10 in Cowichan Valley in British Columbia. Cowichan 2008 - The Journey of a Generation will bring together the best Indigenous athletes from around North America to compete and participate in the cultural and educational aspects of the event.

Canadian Olympic Committee Launches Aboriginal Olympian Stories School Program at the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games

August 1 - COWICHAN, BC - Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) celebrated the official launch of its Aboriginal Olympian Stories, a new addition to the Canadian Olympic School Program.

Aug 1, 2008

First Nations athletes in BC

More than a dozen young Chippewas of Nawash First Nations athletes will represent Ontario at the North American Indigenous Games in British Columbia.

National Aboriginal Role Models of NAHO participate in Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games

Ottawa, ON - The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is pleased to announce its joint initiative with the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games hosted in the Cowichan Valley, British Columbia from August 3-10, 2008.

Laurentian, Wiky sports researchers to present findings to national symposium

A team of nine researchers from Laurentian University in and the Wikwemikong Unceded First Nation Reserve are headed to the 2008 North American Indigenous Games Education Symposium in British Columbia to present research on culture-specific sport psychology.