The Masters Indigenous Games provides Indigenous adults aged 20 years and older, the opportunity to compete against their peers in a variety of contemporary and traditional sporting activities. In addition to the various sport competitions, the Masters Games provide all participants and attendees with a safe and exciting opportunity to celebrate and promote the various cultures of Indigenous peoples from around the world, in an interactive ‘Cultural Village’, open to the public, which runs the length of the Games.
The inaugural Masters Games took place in July of 2018, in Toronto, Ontario. The next edition of the Games will take place in August of 2021, and then occur every 2 years thereafter. The 2021 and 2023 MIG are scheduled to take place in Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario.
The competition sports for the 2021 Masters Indigenous Games that will be available for participants to compete in, include:
Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO) is the designated Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sporting Body (P/TASB) for Ontario, serving all Indigenous Peoples across the province. ISWO’s vision is to enhance the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and support active and healthy Indigenous Peoples, families and communities in Ontario. Funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, and the Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, ISWO works to serve all Indigenous Peoples and communities in Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis, in an equitable and fair manner.
No, there are no qualifiers or tryouts for the Masters Indigenous Games; the Games are built on a foundation of inclusivity and community, designed to maximize participation. Unlike the North American Indigenous Games, there are no contingents, clubs or associations that anyone must compete under. Numerous teams from the same area, region or country, can be entered and anyone can enter a team with Indigenous athletes from around the world. Individuals may also be placed on teams, if they don’t have a team to play with, given there are enough individual participants to create a full-team for any given sport.
Sport and competition venues for the 2021 Masters Games include the following:
*Please note that venues may change given scheduling conflicts or an increase in the number of participants for any given sport. Please check the venue listing on the website for the most-up-to-date information.
The 2021 MIG Cultural Village will be located on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne Park. A vendor’s village will be located inside of the Aberdeen Pavilion, providing opportunity for browsing of Indigenous traditional arts, crafts and food items.
Currently, there will only be male and female competition categories for the majority of sports, with the exception of badminton, canoe, and volleyball. If there is sufficient interest, co-ed categories may be added on a sport-by-sport basis.
The final deadline for submitting rosters is June 14, 2021. If your final team roster is not submitted by this time there is no guarantee of availability of space. All individuals on the team must have also completed their registration and paid their registration fees to be considered.
Your registration fee provides your sport participation, access to all events and event areas, including the Opening Gala and Cultural Festival, and a Masters Indigenous Games welcome package.
The team captain registers their team and sends invites to their teammates. Teammates will then accept the invitation and register with the team.
Your team must meet the minimum requirements in the Sport Technical Package, and have completed payment for registration by June 14, 2021 to be guaranteed a team spot.
Payments will be accepted online through the 2021 MIG registration system; a valid credit card is required. If you do not have a valid credit card, you can also pay via cheque, made out to Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario with the words ‘2021 MIG and the participants name’ in the memo.
Cheques should be mailed to:
Attn: Daniel Smith
Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario
1090 Aerowood Drive, Unit #1A
Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 1Y5
If you are unable to get a full team together, you may register as an individual, and then placed on a team from a pool of other individual registrants. This will be dependent on the number of individual players registered for any given sport, and the number of spaces open to be filled. All individual placements will be completed by June 30, 2021. If the 2021 MIG team is unable to place you on a team, you will be notified, and can then either change your registration to compete in an individual sport or withdraw your registration. Any athletes registered for a team sport as an individual, and who are not able to be placed on a team, will be provided a full refund of their registration fees.
No, your registration fee does not include accommodation or meals. There are options for accommodations available in the Visit Information portion of the website. The 2021 MIG team has arranged hotel blocks for athletes, and will provide the best discounted price available for those rooms. Alternatively, you can book your own accommodations with either the ‘selected host’ hotels or any option that suits your needs and budget.
Yes, all participants will be asked to provide proof of their Indigenous ancestry. In Canada that includes: Status Cards, Metis Registration Numbers, and other accepted documents. For international Indigenous participants, the form of identification considered sufficient in each country will be accepted.
Yes, you are able to participate in more than one sport, however it will be your responsibility to ensure that schedules will not conflict. Additionally, you will be required to pay the registration fee for each sport competition.
The 2021 Masters Indigenous Games will provide full refunds to any participants requesting such refund in writing, until July 1, 2021. Refund requests received after July 1, 2021 and until July 12, 2021, will be eligible for 50% of the total registration fee. After July 12, 2021, refunds will not be provided for any registered participant, with the exception of medical and personal emergencies.
This policy, a common practice among multi-sport events, was created to ensure the integrity of 2021 MIG; facility rentals, officiating assignments, schedules, volunteer placements, swag, food, and other resources will have been secured and paid for by the 2021 MIG organizing committee by that time and will impact the sustainability of the organization.
Yes, the Master Tour and the Masters Indigenous Games (MIG) are separate events and you must pay the MIG registration fee. If you received a signed FREE Registration Voucher at a MIG Tour event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information and we can ensure you receive complimentary registration.
The Opening Gala will serve as the Opening Ceremonies. All athletes are invited to attend the Opening Gala; all registered athletes will receive two complimentary tickets for the event. A limited quantity of additional tickets will be available for purchase. The Opening Gala will include entertainment, performances, music, appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages.