A contingent of 150 athletes, coaches, managers and chaperones from New Brunswick are participating in the 2023 North American Indigenous Games in Halifax.
The Games, which is the largest multi-sport and cultural event ever to be held in Atlantic Canada, will bring together more than 5,000 athletes, coaches, and mission staﬀ from more than 750 Indigenous Nations across North America.
Congratulations to the talented young athletes who are competing at this important international event, and thank you to the coaches, managers, and other support staff who make up Team NB for your dedication. New Brunswickers are proud to support you and are behind you 100%!
There are 16 different sports, with three traditional Indigenous sports, including box lacrosse, 3D archery and canoe/kayak. Other sports include athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball, golf, rifle shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, wrestling and volleyball.
New Brunswick athletes will compete in eight sports.
“These Games serve as an important opportunity to promote and celebrate Indigenous culture, and they play a vital role in Canada’s efforts toward reconciliation,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Arlene Dunn. “I am excited to be a part of the fan club cheering for Team NB and honoured to be part of a historic event that recognizes the importance of reconciliation.”
Support for Indigenous athlete development is recognized in the Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.