2023 North American Indigenous Games

The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is one of the largest sporting and cultural gatherings of Indigenous Peoples in North America. From July 15 to 23, 5,000 participants from 756 nations are expected in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and in Millbrook and Sipekne'katik First Nations, Nova Scotia, on traditional and ancestral Mi’kmaw Territory. Teams come from the 13 Canadian provinces and territories and 13 regions from the United States.

The multisport games for youths 13 to 19-years-old showcase unity, sport, culture, volunteerism and teamwork between First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Non-Indigenous communities. The Games were created to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen self-image, and highlight Indigenous role models through sport and culture.

The NAIG sport program features 16 sports including three traditional Indigenous sports: canoe/kayak, lacrosse, and 3D archery.

The Government of Canada is proud to be the largest single contributor to sport in Canada and to be supporting the North American Indigenous Games.

For more information about these games, visit the 2023 North American Indigenous Games website.

Quick Facts – North American Indigenous Games

  • July 15 to 23, 2023 in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) and in Millbrook and Sipekne'katik First Nations, Nova Scotia
  • 5,000 Indigenous participants
  • 756 Indigenous nations represented
  • 16 sports
  • Opening Ceremony: July 16, 2023
  • Closing Ceremony: July 21, 2023

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