The North American Indigenous Games help us realize the collective potential of our bodies, minds, spirits and of our people - our hopes and dreams - The Spirit Strong, Brave & True.

The NAIG logo was designed by John Fletcher, Ron Gauthier and Terry Lusty to symbolize Aboriginal philosophy. Each element within in is symbolic.
The North American Indigenous Games help us realize the collective potential of our bodies, minds, spirits and of our people - our hopes and dreams - The Spirit Strong, Brave & True.

The NAIG logo was designed by John Fletcher, Ron Gauthier and Terry Lusty to symbolize Aboriginal philosophy. Each element within in is symbolic.

© 2002, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

NAIG

Strong - Brave - True

John Fletcher, Ron Gauthier and Terry Lusty
North American Indigenous Games

© North American Indigenous Games


The large outer circle represents the great Turtle Island (North America), which houses all the Creator’s creations. The circle is a fundamental symbol, symbolizing the circle of life-cycle of life and death, summer and winter, day and night, male and female. It also symbolizes wholeness.

The runner in the center of the circle represents the Indigenous athlete.

The eagle feather in the runner’s hair represents friendship, power, spirituality, honesty, determination, courage and strength.

The sash around the runner’s waist represents the Métis Peoples.

The four eagle feathers on the four arrow shafts represent the holistic development of the athlete, essential for balance and harmony.

The four arrows represent the need to develop the mental, physical, cultural and spiritual aspects essential for well-being and complete development. Not only do they represent the four directions - north, south, east and west - but also earth, wind, fire and water. And, as 1990 Founding Chairperson Charles Wood has said, Read More
The large outer circle represents the great Turtle Island (North America), which houses all the Creator’s creations. The circle is a fundamental symbol, symbolizing the circle of life-cycle of life and death, summer and winter, day and night, male and female. It also symbolizes wholeness.

The runner in the center of the circle represents the Indigenous athlete.

The eagle feather in the runner’s hair represents friendship, power, spirituality, honesty, determination, courage and strength.

The sash around the runner’s waist represents the Métis Peoples.

The four eagle feathers on the four arrow shafts represent the holistic development of the athlete, essential for balance and harmony.

The four arrows represent the need to develop the mental, physical, cultural and spiritual aspects essential for well-being and complete development. Not only do they represent the four directions - north, south, east and west - but also earth, wind, fire and water. And, as 1990 Founding Chairperson Charles Wood has said, they represent the four races of human kind: Red man, Oriental, Coloured and Caucasian.

© 2002, CHIN. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Describe the origins of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG)
  • Recognize the contributions of individuals to the NAIG
  • Understand the benefits of the NAIG to Aboriginal society
  • Identify some symbols from Aboriginal culture, and describe their meanings

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