North American Indigenous Games | About Ottawa 2020 NAIG
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About Ottawa 2020 NAIG

As the ancestral territory of the Algonquin and a gathering place for Indigenous peoples for millennia, Ottawa is a diverse community of sport enthusiasts, artists, cultural performers, educators, professionals and dreamers. The City of Ottawa presents a unique opportunity to provide a world-class participant experience, imbedded in the Indigenous communities that make the Greater Ottawa Region their home. Ottawa has a history of staging successful international sporting events and has built a reputation for delivering an unparalleled experience for participants, spectators, sponsors, rights holders and volunteers. In just the last four years, the City of Ottawa has played host to more than a dozen different national championships, in addition to countless festivals, concerts, Indigenous events and annual community events.





Ottawa’s unique landscape and natural settings, its infrastructure and transportation networks, world-class sport and event venues, breadth of cultural and sporting organizations, and diversity of peoples and cultures, provides the perfect framework to host the 2020 NAIG. The cultural connectivity will not only showcase the diversity of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people surrounding the City of Ottawa and within its rich urban population, Ottawa 2020 NAIG will also open its arms like no other, welcoming the celebration of all Cultural Contingents.


An event that will pave a pathway for continued dialogue and collaborative action, in support of reconciliation through sport; Ottawa 2020 NAIG would take Team 88 and the NAIG Movement to soaring new heights.


The Ottawa region is home to many Indigenous Nations, including the Algonquins, Akwesasne First Nation, Kitigan Zibi, Métis Peoples and the largest community of Inuit outside of the North. They will collaborate to create a welcoming and culturally-rich experience for all visitors.


The impact of Ottawa 2020 NAIG will be felt across Turtle Island. With its pre-Games promotional initiatives aimed at telling the inspiring stories of our youth, to the Games-time excitement of sport and cultural abilities shared through historic media channels, to the lasting legacy that will be created through experiences and memories. Ottawa 2020 NAIG possesses a wealth of Games knowledge, tested strategies and deep cultural ties that will enhance the NAIG Movement for the next generation. The Games motto is One Team. One Dream. #Team88. A fitting expression for the times of our People. Let’s move forward together.