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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 11-17th, 2019 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 6th 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 2019 Alberta Indigenous Games.
Our Games have grown tremendously since its inception in 2011. We had 300 youth registered in 2011, 400 in 2013, 485 in 2015, 1100+ in 2017 and 900+ in a smaller 5 sports Games in 2018. 2019 we are holding our 12 sport event and anticipate over 1500 youth registering. 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.
This Summer August 11-17th 2019, the games will make its return for its 6th edition and 4th time in 5 years! We have become one of the if not the only Summer Games on a yearly basis for all indigenous youth in a province in Canada.