“The Inter-Band Indigenous Games, the Union of Heart and Spirit” Mike Mckenzie, Chief, Innu Takuaikan mak Mani-utenam Band Council

Uashat mak Mani-utenam, March 12, 2019 – From July 5 to 14, 2019, hundreds of young members of First Nations communities will gather in the territory of Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam for the 15th Edition of the Inter-Band Indigenous Games (JAIB).

The Chief of Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam, Mr. Mike Mckenzie, emphasized the distinctive character of this sport and cultural gathering. “This will be a unique opportunity for the athletes of our next generation to demonstrate how vital a healthy lifestyle is, to not only the body, but also to the heart and mind. If a few weeks ago we denounced the use of drugs vigorously, we must welcome today the flourishing of this youth, which, through sport, undoubtedly demonstrates the strength of the foundations of our respective communities.”

In addition, the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, is very proud to be involved in the next games. “It is with immense pride that I have agreed to co-chair this 15th Edition of the Inter-Band Indigenous Games that will take place this summer at Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam. Sport and physical activity are positive vectors of healthy lifestyles and our young athletes will demonstrate their desire to excel. In that sense they are our models. The Games will also bring together our Nations, allowing us to celebrate our sporting and cultural traditions in Innu territory. This will be one of the events not to be missed and I encourage our young people to participate in large numbers.”

The Mayor of Sept-Îles, Mr. Réjean Porlier, is also very pleased to be part of this event. “In line with the approach of rapprochement implemented over the last few months, it is with pride that the City of Sept-Îles will collaborate with Innu Takuaikan Mak Mani-Utenam to host this great sporting event. This will allow us to show our part of the country, but also to bring to light an enriching and harmonious coexistence between our communities. Moreover, I am convinced that through their efforts and accomplishments, all of these young people from different Indigenous communities will provide us with a good example of overcoming, mutual aid and solidarity.”

The Inter-Band Indigenous Games will take place from July 5 to 14, 2019. More than 800 athletes aged 9 to 17 will be registered in 16 official disciplines and two demonstration disciplines: swimming and beach volleyball.