Want to know more about the Alberta Indigenous Games?
It has been recognized that today’s Aboriginal youth are the largest growing segment of Canada’s population and that they are a risk to a variety of social issues including poverty; health concerns such as a sedentary lifestyle, type II diabetes, heart disease and fetal alcohol syndrome. Excessive rates of incarceration; suicide; substance abuse unemployment and high school dropouts continue to plague the rural and urban Aboriginal community.
August 15-19, 2018 will bring together Indigenous youth from across Alberta to engage in one week of competitive team sports, traditional games, special events, education, and cultural connection. The 5th overall Games will honour the spirit of the late plan Allan Ross who was the founder of the Alberta Indigenous Games.
The mandate and theme of the Alberta Indigenous Games is RECLAIMING OUR YOUTH through sport development, educational empowerment, career opportunities, and cultural connection. In that spirit, the Edmonton Native Ball Association (ENBA) is honoured to organize the 2018 Alberta Indigenous Games.
In 2018 we have decided to introduce team sports as an annual subject for the games as we have received many requests by coaches and athletes. The Official Alberta Indigenous Games is a sporting event held every 2-years in Alberta that brings together Indigenous youth for a week of competition and culture featuring 11 different sports. The games were founded by the late Allan Ross (1955-2015) who was both a teacher and coach working with many Aboriginal youth throughout his career.
Ross based the philosophy of the games around the teachings of Dr. Martin Broken Leg’s “Circle of Courage” philosophy which consist of: Generosity, Independence, Belonging and Spirituality.
The very first edition of AIG were held in 2012 and continued on in 2013 and 2015. This summer August 15- 19th 2018, the games will make its return for its fifth edition!