Alex Nelson

". . . for young people to come and witness, to get a sense of the North American Indigenous Games, to get a feel for the power of sport and the power of culture. And it does allow you, as young people to come and explore what is awaiting you in this world. Then for you to find this forum to help express and empower you to say: ’I am who I am and I deserve to be heard; I deserve to be seen; I deserve to be felt.’ I guess that’s the opportunity the Indigenous Games offers."

Personal interviews conducted with Alex Nelson, March 6, 2002

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Charles Wood

"For the future, I envision the North American Indigenous Games to continue. Certainly at the regional level, there is a need for participation; and perhaps at the provincial level, to compete at the provincial level with mainstream sports; and at the national level, say in Canada here, that we see more brown faces in competition, in national competition."

Personal interviews conducted with Charles Wood, March 19, 2002

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Rick Brant, Executive Director, Aboriginal Sport Circle

"Well, what I’ve witnessed over the last 10 years with the North American Indigenous Games, is that the event itself has been a very effective tool for community healing. . . . The Games have been a driving force behind communities becoming healthier because of their preparation and anticipation for the North American Indigenous Games. . . . And since then [1990], it has been community sport leaders who have come to support the North American Indigenous Games, and participate on the Council to provide input and really develop the Games to the level they are now. It’s that community and shared sense of ownership that has been the success of the event."

Personal interviews conducted with Rick Brant, March 19, 2002

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Waneek Horn-Miller, 2000 Olympic athlete, Waterpolo

"If your dream is to achieve your highest potential that you can as an athlete, that should be your main focus . . . to test all your limits, to see how far it can take you . . . If that’s your dream, the first person who has to believe in you is yourself . . . Never be afraid to try and never be afraid to test your limits because, I mean, that’s what life is about is trying to be the best that you can be. In athletics, I am so proud that I was able to do that. I just kept pushing my limits to see how far I could go, and imagine that, I wound up at the Olympics!"

Personal interviews conducted with Waneek Horn-Miller, March 6, 2002

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Form opinions about the future of 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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