Sport Programs

The Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario hosts a number of different sport programs each year. These programs were designed to help Indigenous athletes, and coaches develop and grow in the position they love.

The Multi-Sport camps offered by ASWCO introduce participants to a variety of sports, some of which might not be available in their region, and focuses on education and safety training as well.

ASWCO Hosts and Co-Hosts tournaments all year long in partnership with different communities, municipalities and stakeholders. The Ontario Nish Basketball Invitational and the Ontario Native Volleyball Invitational, are tournaments that are supported and created by ASWCO to promote athleticism within Ontario’s growing Indigenous population.

The Ontario Indigenous Summer Games (OISG), the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), and the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship (NAHC), are examples of ASWCO’s determination to create more opportunities for Indigenous youth in Ontario, by creating Aboriginal Team Ontario to represent in these events. From a sports perspective, these events provide a platform for athlete identification and sport specific training and preparation for participation in future NAIG and Masters Indigenous Games.

The Masters Indigenous Games (MIG) was created by ASWCO to provide Indigenous adults aged 20 years and older the opportunity to compete against their peers in a variety of contemporary and traditional sporting activities. For Indigenous adults, the MIG is an opportunity to get physically active, engage with community and participate in competition. MIG gives all participants and attendees an opportunity to celebrate and promote various cultures of Indigenous peoples worldwide. The next MIG will be in 2021 with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan as Host Community.