The 2020 North American Indigenous Games will be held in Halifax. This will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Nova Scotia and the first time the Aboriginal Games will be presented in Atlantic Canada.
The Halifax bid, called K’jipuktuk (or Jipugtug) in Mi’kmaq , was preferred to Victoria and Ottawa.
5,000 to 6,000 athletes from 756 Aboriginal nations are expected. For eight days, they will compete in 15 sports.
These events will be held on the territory of the Millbrook First Nation and through the Halifax Regional Municipality.
“Our doors are open to all athletes and people of North America,” says Wagmatcook First Nation Chief Norman Bernard.
The latter is the chair of the Mi’kmaq Sport Council of Nova Scotia, which promoted Halifax’s bid for the Aboriginal Games. “It’s like the Olympics for us,” he says.
Bernard, who was in Montreal Thursday for the unveiling of the host city, is convinced that Halifax is the perfect place for the 2020 Games.
He emphasized the proximity of competition venues, recent and modern sports facilities, and adequate accommodations for the coming of thousands of visitors from across North America.
The Government of Nova Scotia has invested $ 3.5 million to support the city’s bid.
Prime Minister Stephen McNeil described the news as “a moment of pride” for the 13 Mi’kmaq communities in the province.
“These Games will be an exciting opportunity to showcase our province and celebrate Mi’kmaq heritage and culture while encouraging athletes,” said Premier McNeil.
Introduced for the first time in 1990, the North American Indigenous Games are held every three years in Canada or the United States.
The most recent Games were held in Toronto in 2017.