NAIG – watching dances, hearing speeches and saying goodbye

Northwest Territories youth showed the crowd their dance steps. (Photo by Dennis Hanagan )

By: Dennis Hanagan For Turtle Island News TORONTO — Thousands of Indigenous youth, their coaches and chaperones gathered at York University July 22 to watch cultural dances, hear speeches and say goodbye to the 2017 edition of the North American Indigenous Games. Ontario won 51 gold medals, 42 silver and 44 bronze for a total of 137, according to the NAIG website. British Columbia took 178 and Saskatchewan 165. Sending them on their way, NAIG Council President Rick Brant said the youth should be pleased with the efforts they showed during the eight days of competition and meeting competitors from other parts of North America. “Our goal is that when you leave Toronto you will be different from the experience. You are our leaders, our champions, our role models. You’ve…

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