Unifor, a presenting sponsor for the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games, continues to support Indigenous initiatives aimed at encouraging dialogue and learning, through sport and culture.
Toronto, ON – July 11, 2018 – The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 (MIG 2018) is pleased to announce Unifor as a Gold Level partner for the inaugural Games, taking place at Downsview Park from July 12-15. The partnership demonstrates Unifor’s mandate to support diversity and inclusion initiatives and the union’s ongoing commitment to Indigenous communities and issues. In 2017, Unifor was a presenting partner for the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games, with union wide engagement and interactive support, including a Unifor volunteer contingent.
“Unifor is proud to sponsor the Masters Indigenous Games,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Through sport and culture the Games provide an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous communities and also help to create a platform to raise greater awareness and further constructive dialogue for Truth and Reconciliation efforts.”
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
“We are thrilled to have Unifor at the table again, as a Gold Sponsor for the MIG 2018. We have been able to build a relationship with Unifor which goes beyond singular events, and instead is focused on long-term solutions and investments, in ensuring the wellbeing of Indigenous communities and Peoples in Ontario and across Turtle Island”, said Marc Laliberte, President of the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario. “Unifor is interested in building bridges, supporting Indigenous wellness and engaging in action to help further the journey of Truth and Reconciliation”.
About the Masters Indigenous Games
The Masters Indigenous Games was founded to meet the growing need for competitive sport for the aging population. The Games encourage mature individuals to be active, with the awareness that competitive sport can continue throughout life, contributing to increased health and wellness. The inaugural Games will take place July 12-15, providing an opportunity for Indigenous adults from around the world to engage in sport competition with their peers. The Masters Indigenous Games are expected to take place every two years, and like the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), are a celebration of both sport achievement and distinct cultural heritage.
The Masters Indigenous Games are a direct legacy of the successful Toronto 2017 NAIG which took place in the Greater Toronto Area last July.
MIG 2018 Quick Facts:
- The MIG 2018 will take place from July 12-15, 2018, with the majority of events taking place at Downsview Park located in Toronto, Ontario.
- Masters Indigenous Games 2018 (MIG 2018) will feature hundreds of participants, 300 volunteers, various contemporary (athletics, basketball, canoe, golf, softball and volleyball) and traditional sports (archery, standing kick, tug of war and teepee building).
- The Masters Indigenous Games feature global Indigenous participation.
- A Cultural Village showcasing Indigenous artists, performers, sport demonstrations, storytellers and vendors, will be located at Downsview Park. The Cultural Village is FREE and open to the public throughout the Games.
- The MIG 2018 will also feature a traditional Powwow, with Dance Specials and a Community Feast on the last day of competition. This special event is also FREE and open to the public.
- MIG was founded by the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), the officially recognized Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body for Ontario.
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The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 honours and acknowledges the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. The Masters Indigenous Games 2018 also acknowledges all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.
MIG 2018 Communications Team