Unifor is a proud sponsor of the inaugural Masters Indigenous Games (MIG 2018), taking place at Toronto’s Downsview Park July 13-15.
“The Masters Indigenous Games provide a venue for Indigenous peoples from around the world to engage in athletic competition while creating an environment that encourages dialogue and learning through sport and culture,” said National President Jerry Dias. “This is a platform to raise greater awareness and further constructive conversation about Truth and Reconciliation efforts with members of our communities.”
The Masters Indigenous Games for adult athletes is a direct legacy of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), which brought together more than 5,000 youth to compete last summer in Toronto.
Unifor was a Presenting Partner at NAIG 2017, with union wide engagement and interactive support including a member volunteer contingent, and is returning as a Gold Sponsor at MIG 2018.
The partnership demonstrates Unifor’s mandate to support diversity and inclusion initiatives and the union’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous communities and issues.
“We are thrilled to have Unifor at the table again, as a Gold Sponsor for the inaugural Masters Indigenous Games. We have been able to build a relationship with Unifor which goes beyond singular events and instead is focused on long-term solutions and investments in ensuring the wellbeing of Indigenous communities and Peoples in Ontario and across Turtle Island,” said Marc Laliberte, President of the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario. “Unifor is interested in building bridges, supporting Indigenous wellness and engaging in action to help further the journey of Truth and Reconciliation.”
MIG 2018 will feature hundreds of participants competing in contemporary sports, including athletics, basketball, canoe, golf, softball and volleyball, along with the traditional sports of archery, standing kick, tug of war and teepee building. View a schedule of sporting events here.
A Cultural Village showcasing Indigenous artists, performers, sport demonstrations, storytellers and vendors will be located at Downsview Park. The Cultural Village is free and open to the public throughout the Games. On the final day of competition, MIG 2018 will also host a free event featuring a traditional Powwow with dance specials and a community feast.
For more information visit MastersIndigenousGames.ca.