Saskatchewan to bid for North American Indigenous Games
Creating productive citizens of Saskatchewan - that is one of the aims of the partnership bidding to host the North American Indigenous Games in 2014.
Members of the partnership include The Federation of
Saskatchewan Indian Nations
(FSIN), Saskatchewan's Metis Nation, our province and the City of Regina.
"From its humble beginnings, with the Saskatchewan First Nation and winter and summer games over twenty-five years ago, we have (seen) tremendous growth and a lot of young people," said Morley Watson, vice-chief of the FSIN, at a media conference on Tuesday.
The final bid will be presented by the Bid Committee Friday, May 13th in Moncton, New Brunswick.
"We will journey to Atlantic Canada to make our final pitch, to bring the North American Indigenous Games, in the year 2014, back to Saskatchewan, back to Regina, and back to a place that we're very proud to call our home," Watson said.
Minister of First Nations and Metis Relations, Ken Cheveldayoff, and Councillor, Chris Szarka, were on hand to show their support for the bid.
"The Government of Saskatchewan is honoured to be a partner with the FSIN and the City of Regina, in the bid for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games," said Cheveldayoff.
Team Saskatchewan has won the overall championship at 6 of the 7 previous North American Indigenous Games.