Statement by Minister Bennett on the World Indigenous Nations Games

Photo: Carolyn Bennett

NATION CRIE ERMINESKIN, AB, July 4, 2017 / CNW / – The Honorable Carolyn Bennett , Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today issued the following statement:

“The World Indigenous Nations Games are now under way; We are ready to spend a hectic week packed with sport, culture and camaraderie. The Government of Canada is proud to support the World Indigenous Nations Games, which host Aboriginal athletes from around the world. Organized by the First Nations signatories to Treaty o  6, the World Indigenous Nations Games also demonstrate the resilience of these communities.

I want to acknowledge the contribution of Grand Chief J. Wilton Littlechild, who, through his vision, leadership and dedication, has made the Games a reality. He has always been a great advocate for the promotion of Aboriginal sport and has played an integral role in ensuring the holding of the World Indigenous Nations Games in Canada.

As reflected in the 94 calls for action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, sport is an effective means of promoting the health and well-being of Aboriginal youth, strengthening Aboriginal identity and making significant progress reconciliation. By bringing together Aboriginal athletes to celebrate their strengths and cultures, we work together to build trust, strengthen a healthy personal cultural identity, promote resilience and create a strong foundation for community growth.

Athletes know very well that intention-supported action is a powerful force. You know what it takes to win. You also know that even when you have given everything, you can not win at all.

You are perfect examples of dignity, resilience and pride.

The World Indigenous Nations Games will be a beautiful celebration of diversity among Aboriginal peoples, while Aboriginal people from diverse cultures and around the globe will unite in a spirit of hope, healing and reconciliation. ”

More information on the World Indigenous Nations Games can be found at .

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