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by: Niagara Host Society

Meridian Credit Union & Niagara College named presenting sponsors of Indigenous programming at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games

July 8, 2022 (Niagara, ON) — The Niagara 2022 Host Society is proud to announce that Meridian Credit Union and Niagara College are the presenting sponsors of Indigenous programming at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, which will be held on the traditional territory of the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinaabe peoples, including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Meridian and Niagara College will support the development of a unique cross-cultural experience for those attending this summer’s multi-sport Games through the sharing of traditions, songs, dances, and craftsmanship of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Meridian and Niagara College will help accomplish this by supporting the lighting of a Sacred Fire and the creation of a Community of Nations activation that will be hosted by Niagara’s Indigenous communities at Niagara Place, one of the Games’ major cultural events that will be located at the newly-built Canada Games Park. Meridian and Niagara College will also both support performances by Indigenous artists of different disciplines and backgrounds throughout the event.

Both Meridian and Niagara College are also supporting the Games in other ways. Meridian is the official sponsor of Niagara 2022’s Volunteer Program, while Niagara College is the Games’ Official Experiential & Digital Production Partner.

“Meridian is honoured to help bring an important and meaningful aspect to the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games as sponsors of Indigenous programming,” said Wade Stayzer, Meridian’s Chief People & Culture Officer, and a Niagara 2022 Board Member. “We share a common understanding with our partners that learning and awareness will strengthen our collective relationship with Indigenous peoples and chart a better path going forward.”

“Niagara College is proud to co-sponsor the Indigenous programming at the N22 Canada Summer Games alongside Meridian,” said Rick Anderson, Vice-President Student Affairs. “With the guidance of our Indigenous Education team at NC, we are honoured to support the important work of the Indigenous Partnership Council which will give recognition to, and celebrate, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists.”

“This partnership confirms and reinforces Meridian’s and Niagara College’s commitment to moving the Truth & Reconciliation Commission forward and creating a sustainable and transformative cross-cultural model based on respect, and compassion founded upon equality, peace, honour and dignity, which our seventh generation will thank us for,” said Michele-Elise Burnett, a Metis/Algonquin who is a Board member of the Niagara 2022 Host Society.

“We are very grateful to Meridian and to Niagara College, who will help us strengthen the participation of Niagara’s Indigenous communities in these Games,” said Doug Hamilton, Board Chair of the Niagara 2022 Host Society. “We are also very grateful to the Indigenous Partnership Council for the invaluable advice they provided during our planning concerning the inclusion of meaningful Indigenous programming at the Games, and we look forward to providing Games participants and spectators with a culturally enriched experience that they will never forget.”

Lacrosse, a traditional Indigenous sport, will be making its first appearance at the Canada Games since the 1985 Canada Games in Saint John’s, N.B. Niagara 2022 will also host the first-ever female lacrosse competition in Canada Games history. Additionally, the 2022 Canada Summer Games will welcome 19 Indigenous coaches who were selected through the Aboriginal Apprentice Coaches Program, which is a coaching development program that has been incorporated in every Canada Games since 2005.

Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the country’s marquee event for amateur sport representing the highest level of national competition for thousands of up-and-coming Canadian athletes. The 28th edition of the Canada Games will mark just the third occasion in the event’s history that it will have taken place in the province of Ontario and the first time in 21 years. In total, more than 5,000 participants and close to 4,500 volunteers are expected to take part in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games scheduled for August 6-21. The 2022 Games will take place at 19 different venues across the Niagara Region and feature 18 different sports, including an inaugural rugby sevens competition and the return of lacrosse after a 37-year absence from the Games.

Tickets for this summer’s Games are currently available for purchase online.

About the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games

At the peak of Niagara’s boldest summer yet, more than 5,000 up-and-coming athletes, their coaches and support staff will gather in the Niagara Region to compete for the podium in Canada’s largest multi-sport event. From August 6 to 21, 2022, Niagara will surge stronger than ever on the national stage. The 2022 Canada Games, made possible thanks to funding and support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Niagara Region, and the Canada Games Council, will give rise to new legacies of ambition, confidence, and compassion that will inspire generations to come. 

For further information, visit us at or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@2022canadagames).

Media Contact:

Christopher Séguin, Manager, Media & Communications


About Meridian Credit Union

With more than 75 years of banking history, Meridian is Ontario’s largest credit union, and second largest in Canada, helping to grow the lives of 375,000 Members. Meridian has $27.2 billion in assets under management (as of June 30, 2021) and delivers a full range of financial services online, by phone, by mobile and through a network of 89 branches across Ontario, and business banking services in 15 locations. Meridian cardholders also have access to over 43,000 surcharge-free ABMs in North America with THE EXCHANGE® Network and the Allpoint Network in the US. For more information, please visit:, follow us on Twitter @MeridianCU or visit us on Facebook

Media contact:

Teresa Pagnutti, Public Relations, Meridian


About Niagara College

Niagara College offers more than 130 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs; as well as more than 600 credit, vocational and general interest Part-Time Studies courses. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, media, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, distilling, horticulture and esthetics. For more information visit

Media Contact:

Jessica Torok, Communications Consultant, Niagara College


About the Indigenous Partnership Council (IPC)

The Indigenous Partnership Council included members from Niagara’s Indigenous community and was established during the early planning stages for the 2022 Canada Games to provide voluntary advice to the Niagara 2022 Host Society concerning all matters Indigenous in relation to the Games, including (i) the inclusion of Indigenous participation and protocols at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; (ii) Indigenous performing arts inclusion in Games programming; and (iii) the celebration of the reintroduction of the Indigenous game of lacrosse to the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games. After performing this key role, some members of the IPC have also agreed to participate in Indigenous programming during the Games.

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