The third North American Indigenous Games were held in Blaine, Minnesota, July 29-August 6,1995

The first time the United States hosted the NAIG

There were over 11,000 participants, representing 26 states and 9 provinces / territories

Over 20,000 attended the Opening Ceremonies

Cultural performers accompanied many teams
The third North American Indigenous Games were held in Blaine, Minnesota, July 29-August 6,1995

The first time the United States hosted the NAIG

There were over 11,000 participants, representing 26 states and 9 provinces / territories

Over 20,000 attended the Opening Ceremonies

Cultural performers accompanied many teams

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Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies

Rick Brant
1995
Blaine, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
© Rick Brant, 1995


Opening Ceremonies

North American Indigenous Games

From Video Footage by Keyah Productions, "North American Indigenous Games"

Blaine, Minnesota, UNITED STATES
© Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon, 1995


The NAIG are a venue for North American Indigenous peoples to come together to build unity and strength and to celebrate their religion, language and customs:

"...the Games are our teaching tool, not the performance at the Games, but the pursuit to perform, and that teaching tool can tell the young people how to succeed."
(Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic gold medal, 10,000 metres)

"...the North American Indigenous Games... [present] the challenge to live the cultural life... to live like a warrior... to live under four concepts: self-responsibility... humility... power of giving... core of spirituality..."
(Billy Mills)

"To build the strength of the Native people..."
(Coach)
The NAIG are a venue for North American Indigenous peoples to come together to build unity and strength and to celebrate their religion, language and customs:

"...the Games are our teaching tool, not the performance at the Games, but the pursuit to perform, and that teaching tool can tell the young people how to succeed."
(Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic gold medal, 10,000 metres)

"...the North American Indigenous Games... [present] the challenge to live the cultural life... to live like a warrior... to live under four concepts: self-responsibility... humility... power of giving... core of spirituality..."
(Billy Mills)

"To build the strength of the Native people..."
(Coach)

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The Indigenous stage was the focal point for daily cultural performances, including Pow wows, dances, bands, drumming, spiritual ceremonies

The Cultural Village held food and craft fairs, cultural exhibitions, Indigenous sports clinics, and a fashion show

17 sport events were contested: Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Golf, Field Lacrosse, Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Largest sport: Basketball with 110 teams and over 1,200 players

Largest team: Alberta with 1400 athletes

Overall team champion: Saskatchewan, for the 3rd time
The Indigenous stage was the focal point for daily cultural performances, including Pow wows, dances, bands, drumming, spiritual ceremonies

The Cultural Village held food and craft fairs, cultural exhibitions, Indigenous sports clinics, and a fashion show

17 sport events were contested: Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Golf, Field Lacrosse, Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Largest sport: Basketball with 110 teams and over 1,200 players

Largest team: Alberta with 1400 athletes

Overall team champion: Saskatchewan, for the 3rd time

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Some of the cultural and sporting events

North American Indigenous Games

Video: Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon

© Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon, 1995


Plans are made for the fourth Games to be held in Victoria, BC, in 1997.

"It’s an opportunity to get involved . . . to be proud of who you are and what you can accomplish. . ." (Leonard Prescott, MC, 1995 NAIG)

"So the North American Indigenous Games, the progression of the Games, that pursuit of excellence, creates a tremendous platform where we can teach young people to find the positive desire within them, to unleash that passion, to pursue excellence, to succeed." (Billy Mills)
Plans are made for the fourth Games to be held in Victoria, BC, in 1997.

"It’s an opportunity to get involved . . . to be proud of who you are and what you can accomplish. . ." (Leonard Prescott, MC, 1995 NAIG)

"So the North American Indigenous Games, the progression of the Games, that pursuit of excellence, creates a tremendous platform where we can teach young people to find the positive desire within them, to unleash that passion, to pursue excellence, to succeed." (Billy Mills)

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Closing ceremonies

North American Indigenous Games

Photo: Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon

© Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon 1995


Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Describe the activities and events that take place at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG)
  • Recognize the contributions of individuals to the NAIG
  • Understand the benefits of the NAIG to Aboriginal society

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