As the 10th North American Indigenous Games close in Nova Scotia, Team Saskatchewan is not leaving empty handed.
Team Saskatchewan, made up of more than 500 athletes, coaches and team personnel from across the province, were named overall champions after tallying 175 total medals. The medal tally included 51 gold, 63 silver and 61 bronze, with the highest medal total of 44 being claimed in Athletics.
NAIG ran from July 15 – 23 in various venues across Kjipuktuk (Halifax), Dartmouth, Millbrook First Nation and Sipeke’katik in Nova Scotia.
British Columbia finished in second place in the medal standings, followed by Ontario. Ontario had the most gold with 55.
Team Sask started the first day of the Games strong, bringing home the first four medals, all claimed in the women’s canoe/kayak event. Elena Deschambeault had an outstanding performance in the 3,000-metre MCI 19U event, bringing home the first gold medal of the games.
Sport. It’s More Than a Game ambassador, Rosie Cyr was named Saskatchewan’s flag bearer for the opening ceremonies and helped 19U Team Saskatchewan to a gold in female volleyball.
Saskatchewan finished their time in Nova Scotia with a close soccer game in 19U female against British Columbia, losing 1-0 in the bronze medal game.
Wacey Rabbit and Ashley Callingbull attended the games as part of the mission staff and helped share the stories of Saskatchewan athletes throughout their time in Nova Scotia.
Calgary will play host to NAIG in 2027. The dates and venues are yet to be released.
View Saskatchewan’s 2023 North American Games medalists at NAIG Saskatchewan Final placings.