Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2020 North American indigenous games. While we work to build out our volunteer platform with detailed opportunities, we encourage you to leave your contact information.

Volunteer Registration

Volunteer FAQ

The North American Indigenous Games are a multi-sport and cultural event. NAIG has 30 years of history and is celebrating the 10th anniversary in Halifax from July 12-19, 2020. This is the first time that Atlantic Canada is hosting the Games and is the largest multi-sporting event to be held in Halifax. NAIG 2020 will welcome 5,250 Indigenous athletes from all over Canada and the United States, coming together to compete in 16 different sports over 21 venues.

The official Games are taking place from July 12-19, 2020 but we’re looking for planning volunteers to help out starting in November 2019.
The North American Indigenous Local Organizing Committee is looking for friendly and enthusiastic individuals who have great customer service skills and can follow through with their commitment. We’re looking for someone who is excited to promote Indigenous sport and culture. We welcome bilingual (French/English) volunteers and knowledge of Indigenous languages but is not a necessity. All volunteers will require vulnerable sector check along with the criminal record check.

By volunteering with NAIG 2020, you’re providing meaningful experiences for indigenous youth while highlighting Indigenous presence in our community.It’s an opportunity to make meaningful and long lasting friendship, gain personal and professional growth and give back to your local community.

There are 21 venues and 10 accommodations throughout Halifax, Dartmouth, and Millbrook. You can request preferred area when you sign up.

The North American Indigenous Games 2020 will provide numerous opportunities for volunteers to engage and build new skills. Volunteer roles include: Food services, information centre, media and communications, volunteer support, medical and IT. The variety of roles required at the games is vast and training will be provided to all of our volunteers to ensure you have the skills to succeed in your role!

To volunteer, you must commit to a minimum of 18 hours (3 shifts). Some of our games or events are taking place outdoors and when the weather affects the Games schedule. We ask our volunteers to stay until the end of play rather than the posted time if the play has been delayed.

Between March to June 2020, volunteers will be provided with date options to attend and complete three part mandatory orientation sessions. Each session will be approximately 1-2 hours. Anyone chosen to be a team leader, or in a specific role may be asked to attend an additional training session.
Most sports games will be taking place during the day but there is going to be some shifts that would require volunteers in the evening (for ex: tear down) and on the weekends (cultural village, opening ceremony etc.)
While athletes and contingents must have Indigenous ancestry to participate and compete in the Games, all members of the public are strongly encouraged to assist in the execution of the Games as volunteers. NAIG 2020 will provide an opportunity for communities to unite and exchange culture while celebrating Indigenous sports and cultural heritage. There will be a Cultural Awareness orientation provided for all volunteers.
We’re recruiting 3,000 volunteers for the North American Indigenous Games 2020 to ensure we provide the best experience for more than 5,000 participants and countless spectators attending the Games. So, help us spread the word!
Yes! Please invite all your friends and family to volunteer. We’ll do our best efforts to have you volunteer together. However, while you may be on the same shifts as your friend/family, you may be in different parts of a venue and/or placed where help is needed most.

NAIG 2020 volunteer registration is on-going. Volunteer roles are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Currently, there is no fixed deadline but interested individuals are encouraged to register early.

Volunteers must be 14 years and older as of June 1, 2020. There are select positions with further age restrictions (18 or over) and this will be made clear in the position description. Volunteers between the ages of 14 and 16 (as of June 1, 2020) are considered supervised volunteers and must obtain legal guardian consent before completing the online application. A parent or guardian must be present to electronically consent to the terms and conditions.

The North American Indigenous Games Local Organizing Committee welcomes all volunteers and is dedicated to having diverse, inclusive and safer space within all NAIG 2020 events. If you have any accessibility requirements that we should be aware of, please indicate any requirements through the application process.

During the registration, you’ll be able to choose your interest area. While we do our best to place everyone in one of your three interest areas, we do not guarantee it as certain position might fill up faster than others.

Depending on the schedule and your availability, it may be possible to volunteer for multiple sports in either the same or different venues. We try to keep volunteers in one or two roles throughout the Games to minimize the amount of training they need.

Thank you for registering! Although this does not confirm that you’ve been selected, it does mean that you’re eligible for the next round of screening. We’ll be in touch soon!

Yes. All volunteers who are selected will be required to obtain a background check, as many of our participants are under the age of 18. Additionally, some volunteers may require a vulnerable sector check.

There’ll be an application and screening process that’ll take place over several months. Role assignments and schedules will be confirmed in the spring of 2020.

Each selected volunteer will receive at a volunteer uniform and an accreditation badge. Volunteers who complete a minimum amount of hours on a given day are eligible for a meal at their assigned venue for that day. Aside from that and most importantly, you’ll gain meaningful experience while supporting youth and help promote Indigenous culture and sports. This is also an amazing educational opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture and network with people from all across North America.

Unless you receive communication from the ​2020 North American Indigenous Games Local Organizing Committee, we ask all volunteers to report to their assigned duties regardless of weather conditions. During the course of your training, postponement and cancellation scenarios will be covered to ensure you have the information you need to be an effective volunteer

Unfortunately, accommodations will not be provided for volunteers. However, we’ll make our best effort to assign volunteer roles near an applicant’s preferred geographic area and time.