North American Indigenous Games shows Indigenous athletes Happy, proud and ready for the future

Indigenous athletes from across the continent converged on the Aviva Centre in North York on Sunday to kick off the North American Indigenous Games, which are being held in Eastern Canada for the first time in 25 years.It was hard to spot an empty seat on opening night, where an enthusiastic crowd did the wave, cheered and smashed together batting sticks. Athletes from each team marched around centre stage, proudly waving their flags. Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas and A Tribe Called Red were among those who entertained the audience.The Canadian anthem was sung in English, French, and Anishinaabe. The crowd roared with approval at the rendition in the Indigenous language. Article Continued Below“This is how our people should always be,” said Stacey LaForme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.“Happy, proud, and ready for the future.”Since 1990, Indigenous competitors between the ages of 13 and 19 have taken part in the showcase that celebrates their heritage and athleticism.