The first day of competition for the World Indigenous Nations Games was held Sunday in the Edmonton area. A relaxed atmosphere hosted archery and canoeing events.
The WIN Games were designed to bring Indigenous Peoples together, celebrate and promote their culture, and build a sense of pride.
“Bringing awareness to our past history, but not only that – it’s more about celebration. The games are more about celebrating Indigenous Peoples of the world,” WIN Games Sports Director Trina Goodin said.
Approximately 4,000 athletes from about 40 Aboriginal nations are expected until July 9th.
The opening ceremony was on Monday night at Bear Park in Maskwacis.
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