FAQ

The North American Indigenous Games are a multi-sport event and cultural celebration involving Indigenous youth between the ages of 13-19.  For more information on the history of NAIG click here.

Athletes competing in NAIG must be born of North American Indigenous ancestry . All participating in the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) must represent the Indigenous Peoples of a Province/Territory in Canada, or a State/Region in the United States of America. Only athletes registered with a contingent are eligible to compete.

While the athletes and contingents must have Indigenous ancestry to participate and compete in the Games, ALL are encouraged and welcomed to attend and get involved!

All participants must register through their recognized Provincial Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body (PTASB) or their representative organization in the United States. Tryouts are held and the best athletes are selected based on standard rules of each sport category. For more information, contact your official recognized provincial/territorial/regional sport body.

There are many ways to get involved with NAIG 2020!

NAIG 2020 will need over 3,000 volunteers to make the games a success. To pre-register to be a volunteer click here. Stay tuned for more updates.

Partner with the games. The 2020 North American Indigenous games are looking to partner with organizations who want to positively impact the lives of Indigenous youth across North America. For more information, please contact info@naig2020.com

Attend the games. Sporting events are free to the public, all are welcome to come cheer on the athletes!

Be part of our cultural village. NAIG 2020 will be searching for vendors, artists, performers, etc. Stay tuned for more information.

Approximately 3,000 volunteers are needed to assist the 2020 North American Indigenous Games Host Society in delivering and executing NAIG 2020.

Volunteer pre-registration is now taking place online.

All sports competitions for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games will be free to attend. A limited number of tickets for Opening ceremonies will available for purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase on the website (naig2020.com) or through a recognized ticketing vendor. Pricing and ticket availability will be announced at a later date.

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Canoe/Kayak
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • 3D Archery

For a tentative sport schedule  and venue list click here.

The rules can be found in our tech package.

Halifax / Kjipuktuk  / Millbrook First Nation  is proud to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games. We acknowledge that the 2020 North American Indigenous Games will take place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. This territory is covered by the treaties.

Our sporting venues  include:

  • Banook Lake
  • Beazley Field
  • The Links at Brunello
  • BMO Soccer Centre
  • Citadel Community Centre
  • Halifax Commons
  • Halifax West High School
  • Canada Games Centre
  • Dalplex
  • Halifax Grammar School
  • Harbour East Sands
  • Mainland Commons
  • Millbrook Archery Facility
  • Point Pleasant Park
  • RBC Centre
  • Saint Mary’s University

 Non-sporting:

  • Scotiabank Centre (opening ceremonies)
  • Halifax Commons (cultural village)
  • Garrison Grounds (closing ceremonies)

Halifax / Kjipuktuk  / Millbrook First Nation  is proud to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games. We acknowledge that the 2020 North American Indigenous Games will take place in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. This territory is covered by the treaties.

Athletes are only allowed to compete in one sport at NAIG.

Yes, Opening Ceremonies for the 2020 North American Indigenous Games are currently scheduled to take place on July 12, 2020, with Closing Ceremony scheduled for July 18, 2020. Details regarding the Opening and Closing ceremonies will be posted on the website as they become available .