The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) is the official Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body (P/TASB) for Ontario and serves all 133 First Nations, in addition to Inuit and Métis Peoples, living both on and off reserve, in urban and rural settings.
ASWCO runs more than 40 events on an annual basis, including multi-sport and leadership camps, the Ontario Native Basketball Invitational, the Ontario Native Volleyball Invitational, sport clinics, try-outs for Aboriginal Team Ontario, conferences, workshops and retreats.
No stranger to the bid process, ASWCO saved the 2017 NAIG, by submitting a last-minute bid to NAIG Council in 2015, when no bid was forthcoming from the United States. Without the joint efforts of ASWCO, the City of Toronto and the Government of Ontario, the North American Indigenous Games movement would have suffered a tremendous loss.
With only a year to pull off the 2017 Games, a dedicated team of just 14 full-time staff, interns and volunteers, and with the help of strategic alliances with campus university partners, sport organizations, government and corporate funding partners, the Toronto 2017 NAIG Host Society accomplished the herculean feat of hosting more than 5000 athletes and countless spectators, building on the accomplishments of previous North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).
Rick Brant, President of NAIG Council, declared the Toronto 2017 NAIG as the “Best NAIG ever and a new benchmark for the NAIG movement,” during his remarks at the Toronto 2017 NAIG Closing Ceremony. The CBC announced the Toronto 2017 NAIG as one of its top five Indigenous news stories of 2017 and the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, through its STEAM PRO 2.0 Economic Impact Study, reported that Toronto 2017 NAIG had a National Industrial Output of more than $44.3 million. This is the same dedicated and highly experienced team working to bring the 2020 NAIG to the City of Ottawa.