McMaster to host sports, athletes as part of 2017 North American Indigenous Games

September 15, 2016

McMaster will host two competitions and more than 1,800 participants as part of the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games.

The Games Host Society was on campus Thursday to announce a partnership with McMaster as well as the City of Hamilton and Tourism Hamilton that will see five sports played in the city, including soccer at Ron Joyce Stadium and Wrestling at Burridge Gym.

In addition to the sport venues, McMaster will also house more than 1,800 participants on campus with the creation of an Athletes Village.

“The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games present an important opportunity for Southern Ontario to play host to high performing Indigenous athletes and to highlight their rich culture," said Patrick Deane, McMaster's President. "McMaster University looks forward to welcoming both athletes and guests for this significant competition.”

The 2017 Games will be the first to be hosted in the eastern region of North America, and the first time the Games will be held east of the prairies within Canada.

The Games will provide Indigenous youth the opportunity to showcase their athletic achievements and cultural heritage, in Canada’s largest city and surrounding regions, under a significant international spotlight.

The City of Hamilton and McMaster University have a tradition of excellence hosting major sporting events. Both entities were significant players in staging soccer during the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The five sport competitions to be held in the Greater Hamilton Area include:

  • 3-D Archery (Hamilton Angling and Hunting Association)
  • Lacrosse (Gaylord Powless Arena and Iroquois Lacrosse Arena)
  • Softball (Turner Park, Hamilton)
  • Soccer (Ron Joyce Stadium, McMaster University)
  • Wrestling (Burridge Gym, McMaster University)

The Games provide Indigenous youth, aged 13-19, an opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities through 14 sports and celebrate their heritage through numerous cultural events. More than 5,000 athletes and 2,000 volunteers will take part in the Toronto 2017 NAIG.