Meridian Credit Union and Niagara College sponsorship will showcase First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, songs, dances and crafts
The Niagara 2022 Host Society is proud to announce that Meridian Credit Union and Niagara College are the Presenting Sponsors of Indigenous Programming at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, which will be held on the traditional territory of the Hatiwendaronk, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe. , including the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Meridian and Niagara College will support the development of a unique cross-cultural experience for those attending the Multi-Sport Games this summer through the sharing of First Nations, Métis and Inuit traditions, songs, dances and skills.
Meridian and Niagara College will help accomplish this by supporting the lighting of a sacred fire and the creation of a Community of Nations activation to be hosted by Niagara’s Indigenous communities at Niagara Place, one of the premier cultural events of the Games to be held at the new Canada Games Park. Meridian and Niagara College will also support performances by Indigenous artists from different disciplines and backgrounds throughout the event.
Meridian and Niagara College also support the Games in other ways. Meridian is the Official Volunteer Program Sponsor of Niagara 2022, while Niagara College is the Official Experiential and Digital Production Partner of the Games.
“Meridian is honored to help bring an important and meaningful aspect to the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games as an Indigenous Programming Sponsor,” said Wade Stayzer, Meridian’s Director of Human Resources and Culture and Member of the Niagara 2022 Board of Directors. “We share a common understanding with our partners that learning and awareness will strengthen our collective relationship with Indigenous peoples and chart a better course for the future.
“Niagara College is proud to co-sponsor Indigenous programming for the N22 Canada Summer Games alongside Meridian,” said Rick Anderson, Vice President of Student Affairs. “With the guidance of our Indigenous Education team in NC, we are honored to support the important work of the Indigenous Partnership Council which will recognize and celebrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists.
“This partnership affirms and reinforces Meridian and Niagara College’s commitment to advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and creating a sustainable and transformative cross-cultural model based on respect and compassion based on equality, peace, justice. honor and dignity, which our seventh generation gives thanks for,” said Michele-Elise Burnett, a Métis/Algonquin who is a member of the Niagara 2022 Host Society Board of Directors.
“We are very grateful to Meridian and Niagara College for helping us to strengthen the participation of Indigenous communities in Niagara at these Games,” said Doug Hamilton, Chairman of the Niagara 2022 Host Society Board of Directors. “We are also very grateful to the Indigenous Partnership Council for the valuable guidance they provided during our planning regarding the inclusion of meaningful Indigenous programming at the Games, and we look forward to providing participants and spectators with Games a culturally enriched experience that they will never be able to forget.”
Lacrosse, a traditional Aboriginal sport, will make its first appearance at the Canada Games since the 1985 Canada Games in Saint John’s, New Brunswick. Niagara 2022 will also host the first-ever women’s lacrosse competition in Canada Games history. Additionally, the 2022 Canada Summer Games will welcome 19 Indigenous coaches who have been selected through the Indigenous Coaching Apprenticeship Program, which is a coaching development program that has been integrated into all Canada Games since 2005.
Held every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games are the country’s premier amateur sports event, representing the highest level of national competition for thousands of promising Canadian athletes. The 28th edition of the Canada Games will mark only the third time in the history of the event that it will be held in the province of Ontario and the first time in 21 years. In total, more than 5,000 participants and nearly 4,500 volunteers are expected at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games scheduled for August 6-21. The 2022 Games will be held at 19 different venues across the Niagara Region and will feature 18 different sports, including an inaugural rugby sevens competition and the return of lacrosse after a 37-year absence from the Games.
Tickets for this summer’s Games are currently available for purchase online.