June 21, 2017
To: Local Union Presidents and Recording Secretaries
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Unifor is a proud Presenting Partner of The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games (Toronto 2017 NAIG), multi-sport Games, taking place in the City of Toronto and Greater Toronto Area (GTA), this summer from July 16-23. The 2017 Games are expected to be the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across North America, with over 5,300 participants.
The highlight of the announcement featured the official unveiling of the Toronto 2017 NAIG medals and podiums. The Toronto 2017 NAIG competition medals will be presented to gold, silver and bronze performances, and feature the beautifully designed Toronto 2017 NAIG logo which incorporates an eagle, feather, sash and the colours of the northern lights. The eagle is a symbol of great significance to many Indigenous people across North America, representing strength, leadership and wisdom. The feather (First Nations), sash (Métis) and northern lights (Inuit) represent the spirit and celebration of the Games and symbolizes the coming together of all Indigenous people in unity and strength.
We are very excited to be able to support this very important event, particularly because recommendation 88 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report speaks of the immense opportunity sportsmanship creates. #team88 was created from this concept. The colours seek to represent the emotions that the Games evoke: inspiration, kinship, passion, determination, courage, harmony and will.
The lanyard on the medals features the #Team88 patch, an important legacy campaign of the Games, which pitches reconciliation through the inspirational power of sport, and the NAIG Council logo. A total of 2,424 medals will be awarded to male and female competitors in three age categories during the Games.
The Toronto 2017 NAIG Cultural Festivals, presented by Unifor, will be a spectacular showcase of Indigenous culture and heritage, with music, cuisine, artists, traditional artisans, nightly entertainment, and medal ceremonies celebrating the top three performers in 14 sport categories. Featuring big named Indigenous musical performances, including: Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas (Headline), Chris Derksen, Crystal Shawanda, Digging Roots, DJ Shub, Genevieve Fisher, Kathia Rock, Midnight Shine, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Shibastik, and Tanya Tagaq.
Our deep commitment to this requires volunteers to help with the Games. As such, I am asking all Locals to encourage their members to volunteer their time at the Games. Let us know who volunteered, please send a list of volunteers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sign up to volunteer please visit this link and fill out the required information http://naig2017.to/en/get-involved/volunteers/.
Assistant to the President