NAIG 2020


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Team NT

The Aboriginal Sports Circle of the Northwest Territories (ASCNWT) and Team NT are eager to be headed to the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) held July 12th-18th, 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The selection of Halifax represents a milestone in the NAIG movement, as it will be the first time in its thirty year history that NAIG will be held in Atlantic Canada. ASCNWT is excited to bring our territories diverse culture and athletes to the land of the MI’kmaq People.

NAIG is the largest sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous people in North America. NAIG hosts more than 5,000 participants in 16 sport categories.

Team NT will compete in disciplines such as Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Badminton, Athletics, Golf, Canoe/Kayak, Rifle Shooting, Softball, Wrestling, and 3D Archery.

The Canadian teams competing in the 2020 NAIG are: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Eastern Door and the North (Quebec), New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut - a total of 14 Provinces and Territories.

There are 12 different Regions of the USA competing at NAIG 2020, making a total of 32 States represented.


In Halifax

More details and information can be found on the official NAIG 2020 website:

Opening and Closing Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies will take place on Sunday July 12, 2020 at the Scotia Bank Centre. There will be no competition on this day. All athletes will be encouraged to carry their own community flag during the ceremonies!

A Cultural Village will be set up at the Halifax Commons for the duration of the Games. There will be many free events at the Village such as performances by artisits and dance groups, concerts, cultural teachings, campus information and more! All will be open and available to the public.

Closing Ceremonies will take place on July 18th, 2020 at the Garrison Grounds following the final soccer and lacrosse games.

Sports and Competition Schedule

The final competition schedule will not be available until about 2 months prior to the Games. Currently, there is a schedule overview available on the NAIG 2020 website.

Sport Venues

Below is a list of the sporting venues. Click here to find out more information on the venues.


Canoe/Kayak                                                      Beach Volleyball

Lake Banook, Dartmouth                                    Harbour East Sands, Dartmouth


Golf                                                                  Soccer
The Links at Brunello, Timberlea                     BMO Soccer Centre


Badminton                                                        Softball

Citadel Community Centre, Halifax                  Halifax Commons, Halifax


Wrestling                                                        Volleyball

Saint Mary's University, Halifax                     Canada Games Centre, Halifax


Swimming                                                      Archery

Dalplex, Halifax                                             Millbrook Archery Facility, Millbrook


Athletics                                                        Baseball

Beazley Fields, Dartmouth                           Mainland Commons, Halifax

Point Pleasant Park, Halifax                         Beazley Field, Dartmouth


Shooting                                                       Lacrosse

Bedford Rifle Range, Bedford                      RBC Centre, Dartmouth


Halifax West High School, Halifax

Citadel Community Centre, Halifax

Halifax Grammar School, Halifax

Saint Mary's University, Halifax


NAIG Council has a Zero Tolerance Policy. If athletes are caught breaking the below policy, the athlete will be sent home at the expense of the parent.

1.1 Zero Tolerance Policy

In its promotion of a drug and alcohol free event, the NAIG Council is opposed to the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, cannabis, non-traditional use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and solvents within the NAIG. The NAIG Council is also opposed to the use by athletes, coaches and officials, any banned and restricted substances for the purpose of performance enhancement. Zero tolerance means that behaviourr contrary to the above will not be tolerated and will result in the immediate loss of all privileges associated with participation in the Games. Incidents that involve the use of illegal drugs, alcohol, cannabis, non-traditional use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and solvents are normally dealt with on an individual team bases through their own disciplinary procedures. These procedures could result in the individual(s) being removed from the Games and reported to the Host Society. Teams are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements to remove team members from the Games. 


Click here to see the announcement for Team NT's Chef de Mission. 

Click here to see the news release announcing the CEO of the 2020 NAIG (Jan 11, 2019). 

Click here to see the NAIG 2020 Final Governing Rules Manual (Jan 25, 2019).

Click here to see the the NAIG 2020 Final Sport Technical Package (Jan 30, 2019). 

Please don't hesistate to contact our office for more information:

Jordee Reid

Team NT Chef de Mission

(867) 669-8346

Aaron Wells

Executive Director

Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT

(867) 669-8338



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Established in 1999, ASCNWT was created through a national consensus-building process in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the

The Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT empowers and builds capacity within NWT communities, promotes and supports culturally relevant programming, and develops athletes and coaches in a level of involvement they find meaningful. We focus on developing programs based on community interests, strengths, and desires and strive to help communities build capacity in activities that they find beneficial.