Posted on July 27, 2022
2022 Ontario Summer Indigenous Games Organizers Announce Opening Ceremonies Lineup Showcasing First Nations, Algonquin, and Métis Performers.
July 26, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – The 2022 Ontario Summer Indigenous Games (OSIG) will bring together and showcase the many athletic talents of Indigenous youth from across Ontario and serve as an identifier for Team Ontario at the North American Indigenous Games. The OSIG, hosted by Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO), and funded by the Government of Ontario, are an important step in the sport development pathway for Indigenous youth.
“We are so thrilled to invite artists and guests from across the province to celebrate the 2022 Ontario Summer Indigenous Games,” said Belle Bailey, 2022 OSIG Events & Ceremonies Coordinator and ISWO Sport Program Development Assistant. “It was an honour to put together this amazingly talented line-up and I know it’s going to be a great show for athletes and their families. It’s been so long since they’ve been able to connect with others and go to an event like this. It’s going to be a memorable night for all of the attendees for years to come.”
The opening ceremonies will take place on Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 PM at University Square, University of Ottawa and showcase a variety of award-winning and well-known Indigenous artists and performers, alongside remarks from Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. The line-up will feature First Nations, Algonquin and Métis performances and celebrations with special guest and headliner, the Godfather of powwow step, DJ Shub. DJ Shub recently received his second Juno Award, winning Contemporary Indigenous Artist for 2022.
About the Ontario Summer Indigenous Games
Hosted and developed by ISWO, the Ontario Summer Indigenous Games provides Indigenous youth, ages 13 to 18 years of age, the opportunity to compete against their peers in several sport categories. The Games also serve as an identifier for athletes who aspire to compete at the North American Indigenous games, scheduled to take place in 2023.
ISWO will be hosting tryouts for all 14 NAIG sports throughout the year and into 2023, across the province of Ontario. A full schedule of tryouts, along with additional information, will be released in near future.
Ontario Summer Indigenous Games Quick Facts:
● The OSIG is an important step in the sport development pathway for Indigenous youth.
● The 2022 OSIG are generously funded by the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and supported by Ottawa Tourism and the City of Ottawa.
● University Square at the University of Ottawa campus will serve as Athletes’ Village for the games with vendors and sponsors on-site for people attending the games.
● As a result of a partnership with the Ottawa BlackJacks, 2022 OSIG basketball athletes will have the opportunity to attend an Ottawa BlackJacks practice and participate in a skills clinic put on by members of the professional basketball team.
● CBC is the official media partner of the 2022 Ontario Summer Indigenous Games.
ISWO honours the traditional lands and homelands of all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.
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