15th Inter-Band Indigenous Games are a resounding success

by Annie Brisson-Proulx | Oct 28, 2019
Over the summer, the FNQLHSSC attended the opening ceremony for the 15th Inter-Band Indigenous Games in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam on the site of the Innu Nikamu festival.


Over the summer, the FNQLHSSC attended the opening ceremony for the 15th Inter-Band Indigenous Games in Uashat mak Mani-Utenam on the site of the Innu Nikamu festival. Francine Vincent, our Healthy Lifestyles Program Agent, looks back at this memorable event!

After a parade of the 1,200 young athletes and their chaperones, dignitaries—including the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador, Ghislain Picard; the Chief of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, Mike Mckenzie; the Mayor of Sept-Îles, Réjean Porlier; and the Chiefs of participating communities—addressed the crowd. One by one, they emphasized the importance of an event of this scale that is intended for First Nations in Quebec and conveyed a message of hope to the leaders of tomorrow.

Over 1,000 athletes—a record high—from 20 communities and 5 nations competed in 23 sporting events, including ball hockey, running, javelin throw and canoeing. The games also served as an opportunity for young competitors to reflect on their culture and connect with Elders. A tasting of Indigenous dishes, traditional songs, artistic demonstrations and the performance of original plays fostered a sense of connection among the participants. Health awareness and promotion activities were also held (e.g., information booths, condom distribution, speakers, etc.) to educate athletes about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

Congratulations to the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam Inter-Band Indigenous Games committee on a job well done!

The 16th edition will take place in 2021 and will be hosted by the Pekuakamiulnuatsh of Mashteuiatsh community. We’re already looking forward to attending!