The 2023 North American Indigenous Games are underway in Nova Scotia this week.

5000 athletes from 756 communities across the continent are participating in more than a dozen different events.

In a speech at the opening ceremonies Sunday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke of the advances made in reconciliation and the roles the young athletes have in further advances.

"This understanding is bringing about an era where we continue our work together as partners to promote and celebrate Indigenous identity, culture and strength, and make right the wrongs of the still too recent past."

Events include:

  • 3D Archery
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Golf
  • Box Lacrosse
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

In his remarks Trudeau noted the federal funding for the games is part of the government's commitments to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Adding, events like this set participants up for success.

"We know that when young people participate in sports they're often healthier, and do better in school. Through tournaments and leagues and events like these, you can connect with each other as strong Indigenous young people from across Turtle Island."

Events are taking place at 21 different venues across Halifax, Dartmouth, Millbrook First Nation and Sipekne’katik.

This year marks the first time the games have been held in Mi’kma’ki.

Events are being broadcast through the North American Indigenous Games' YouTube channel found here.