The North American Indigenous Games are referenced within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action, as Call to Action #88. In an effort to increase the dialogue around reconciliation and additionally, to challenge prevalent stereotypes and breakdown barriers, Toronto 2017 NAIG organizers created a legacy campaign focused on utilizing the unifying power of sport, to engage all Canadians in a conversation about reconciliation. That campaign, entitled Team 88 (in reference to the 88th Call to Action), became the rallying cry of participants, coaches, families, communities, volunteers, spectators and stakeholders alike. Team 88 was instrumental in showcasing Indigenous youth in a new light, a spotlight of achievement and success, while still bringing attention and focus to the many issues and challenges facing Indigenous youth and their communities across Canada, today.
Hosting 2020 NAIG in Canada’s capital would allow the NAIG Movement and Team 88 to amplify its message. Ottawa 2020 NAIG would significantly contribute to answering the five Calls to Action within the TRC (#87-#91), related to sport. A bid for Ottawa 2020 NAIG would support increased opportunities for Indigenous youth, which would be felt not only in Ontario, but across the entire country.
Close your eyes for a moment and envision thousands of our Youth gathered at Parliament Hill. Bringing Team 88 to the Hill is a mission for Ottawa 2020 NAIG. Carrying the momentum created from the last NAIG, there exists a unique opportunity to act on Reconciliation. These Games are more than a singular event.