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6/1/21

by: Canada Games Council

Statement from the Canada Games Family

Ottawa – June is Indigenous History Month and marks a nationwide celebration of the outstanding achievements, storied history and diverse heritage of Indigenous peoples across Canada. This year, we begin Indigenous History Month on a tragically mournful note. 

The Canada Games family joins Canadians from coast to coast to coast in mourning the horrific loss of 215 children recently discovered in a mass grave at the Kamloops Residential School in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation territory. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the survivors and families of those children who never came home and to Indigenous communities across Canada. 

There is much work to do on the path towards truth and reconciliation, and sport has a role to play in the process towards healing. The Canada Games movement is founded on bringing people together and strengthening communities through the power of sport. We will continue to be guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action around sport and to work with Indigenous communities in our Host cities and celebrate the excellence of Indigenous athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers at the Canada Games.

About the Canada Games Council

The Canada Games Council, a private, non-profit organization, is the governing body for the Canada Games. Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system, in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. The organization of the Canada Games is made possible through the tireless dedication of local Host Societies and the contribution and support of the federal, provincial/territorial and host municipal governments.

The office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabek People.

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 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 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. 

Our office is located in Niagara, Ontario, on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples, many of whom continue to live and work here today.

For further information, visit us at niagara2022games.ca or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (@2022canadagames).

About the 2023 Canada Winter Games in Prince Edward Island 

As a province known for its hospitality, we’re excited to welcome the 2023 Canada Winter Games to Prince Edward Island. From February 18 – March 5, 2023, the Games will bring together 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches, across 20 different sports, for the largest multi-sport event in the country. With a forecasted economic impact of over $100 million, the 29th edition of the Canada Games will be the largest event hosted in Prince Edward Island’s history. 

Our office is located in Charlottetown, PEI, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Together, we’ll spark greatness and celebrate the power of sport and share the warmth, community, and spirit of Prince Edward Island with every corner of the country. From athletes and coaches to volunteers and fans, the 2023 Games will make every Canadian an Islander. 

For more information about the Games, please visit 2023canadagames.ca

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