OTTAWA LAUNCHES OFFICIAL BID TO HOST 2020 NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENOUS GAMES

Community to show its support as Evaluation Committee tours Ottawa this week

 

Ottawa, ON – April 11, 2018 – With three Canadian communities vying to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), the Ottawa 2020 NAIG Official Bid – a collaboration between the Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO), the City of Ottawa, and the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation – moves into high gear this week with the Site Evaluation Committee arriving in Ottawa for site visits.

A community event and welcome ceremony takes place at the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park on Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. The event begins a flurry of site visits, cultural celebrations and meetings with the four members of the NAIG Council’s Site Evaluation Committee, who are travelling from across Turtle Island. The three-day visit will showcase some of Ottawa’s well-known sport and entertainment venues, such as TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, RA Centre, Nepean Sportsplex, RCGT Park, Rideau Canoe Club, and more. The proposed Athletes Villages include Algonquin College, Carleton University and University of Ottawa.

“We have witnessed an outpouring of support from all Indigenous communities for the Ottawa 2020 NAIG Bid,” said Carl Orr, chairperson, Ottawa 2020 NAIG Host Candidate City Bid Committee. “Working with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation, the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, Kitigan Zibi Algonquin First Nation, and local Metis and Inuit communities through the Ottawa Aboriginal Coalition, we are excited at the potential to welcome Turtle Island to this diverse land. Additionally, the partnership with the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and the three postsecondary institutions have been a model for any Games bid. Ottawa is ready to accept the honour of hosting 2020 NAIG.”

Support and Follow: A key component to any successful Games bid is community engagement. To follow the events surrounding the Ottawa 2020 NAIG Host Candidate City Bid Site Evaluation visit www.ottawa2020naig.com. To show your support of the bid and witness the excitement of the site visit, follow the action on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ottawa2020naig and on Twitter: @Ottawa2020naig.

The bid timelines are extremely tight with final presentations slated for Montreal during the first week of May. Other communities bidding for 2020 NAIG include Halifax and Songhees First Nation / Victoria. Last month, the City of Ottawa approved a $1.3 million financial and in-kind contribution to the Games, should Ottawa win 2020 NAIG.

Acknowledgement

ASWCO honours the traditional lands and homelands of all Indigenous Peoples and communities across the province of Ontario, including First Nations, Inuit and Metis living both on and off reserve, in rural and urban communities.

Contact Information:
Ottawa 2020 NAIG Host Candidate City Bid Committee
naig2020ont@gmail.com