August 13-17, 2017 will bring together Indigenous youth from across Alberta to engage in one week of competitive sports, traditional games, special events, education, and cultural connection. The 4th overall Games will also honour the spirit of the late 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 (ENBASports) is honoured to organize the 2017 Alberta Indigenous Games. The Games will be located in the City of Edmonton, Alberta Canada.
ENBASports will build on the success of the Alberta Indigenous Games held in 2011, 2013, and 2015. They will also build upon partnerships previously established and enter into new relationships to bring thousands of Aboriginal athletes, coaches, and their families to the 2017 AIG Games.
“Body and soul heal together and individuals heal as community heals. The Alberta Indigenous Games bring together sport and thought, tradition with innovation, individuals, and community, history and the present moment, heart and soul. The event facilitates physical development and emotional growth, friendly competition and cooperative effort, just the right combination to promote healing of the body/mind.”
-Dr. Gabor Mate, M.D. Physician and Author
The week includes 12 special events. The Games will feature a career fair, role model mentors, Elders, Indigenous arts, speaking, music, dance, and other cultural gatherings affirming the theme of “Reclaiming Our Youth”.
These games will motivate and increase the physical activity participation of Aboriginal youth from across the Province of Alberta. Over 500 youth are expected to participate in these games. The age range categories are Bantam born 2005-2004, Midget born 2003-2002 and Juvenile born 2001-2000. 10 sports are currently being planned: Basketball, Ball Hockey, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Lacrosse, Golf, Canoeing, Archery, and Track and Field. Sport coordinators, and their staff, will be selected in collaboration with provincial sport bodies to ensure sanctioned officiating, accountability, safety, security, and professional scheduling of events.
The Alberta Indigenous Games will continue to promote, integrate, and infuse the Circle of Courage philosophy throughout all events of the games. All staff and volunteers will be encouraged to assist in delivering an emotionally supportive environment, to reclaim our youth through the wisdom of Indigenous culture and the amazing power of sport. A manual to foster this environment will be developed and available as a resource for athletes, coaches, staff, sponsors and volunteers.