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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 Indigenous community.
August 11-18th, 2022 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 8th overall Games will again 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 Alberta Indigenous Games is honoured to organize the 2022 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, and over 2,000+ in 2019. In 2020 we anticipated to have over 2,500 youth attend before the pandemic hit. In 2021 our Games came back and we had over 2,700+ youth and over 3,500 youth/coaches/chaperones. It’s anticipated for 2022 Games to have over 3,000 youth and over 4,000+ youth/coaches/chaperones. 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.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! Ball Hockey and Golf both have Boys and Girls separate divisions so no more COED!
Basketball gets an Adult Division for birth years 2000-1992 for male and female each! Archery, Athletics (Track & Field), and Canoe/Kayak are back!
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 11-18th 2022, the games will make its return for its 8th edition and 6th time in 8 years! We have become the largest Indigenous multi-sport Summer Games on a yearly basis in North America. Read all about our current exciting highlights!