Tk’emlúps Kukpi7 ‘excited’ about hosting 2027 North American Indigenous Games | Radio NL

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The Chief of Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc is excited to host the 2027 North American Indigenous Games in the Kamloops area.

Kukpi7 Rosanne Casimir told NL News they are excited to show the area to the thousands of Indigenous athletes, coaches and team members who attend these games every four years.

“We are thrilled that this is something that will attract so many athletes from diverse backgrounds and from different fields and sports. You know our hope is to really be proud of our community and our nation,” Casimir told NL News.

“Kamloops is renowned for being the tournament capital, so we are thrilled to be able to offer all these different opportunities, bringing all the young people together. We are also very excited to have a cultural village as well so that we can showcase our history here within Secwepemc’uluw. »

Each edition of the North American Indigenous Games features eight days of competition in up to 16 sports, including 3D archery, track and field, badminton, baseball, basketball, beach volleyball , box lacrosse, canoe/kayak, golf, rifle shooting, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.

Organizers also say the games generate an estimated $15-20 million in economic spending in the host province or territory.

“It’s something that landed on our desk and we thought, you know what, we need something positive,” Casimir added.

“Knowing our relationship with the City of Kamloops, it was like ‘you know what, let’s see if this is something we really want to pursue’ and we’re getting more and more excited about it as we move forward.”

Bids for the 2027 games will be reviewed in March next year, with a site evaluation scheduled for April 2023 before final presentations to the NAIG Council board in May 2023.

The winning bid will be announced in July next year at the closing ceremonies of the 2023 North American Indigenous Games, to be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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