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Toronto, July 18 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory declared on July 16 that this day (July 16) would be observed each year as North American Indigenous Games Day in Toronto, media reports said.
"This is the first time the North American Indigenous Games will be held in Toronto and we are honoured to be the host city. This week is about more than sports and competition. I t's an opportunity for us all to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage and to support Indigenous athlete development," said Mayor John Tory. "I encourage all residents to attend and experience everything that this year's Games will offer," a news release report said.
The North American Indigenous Games are the largest sport and cultural gathering of Indigenous Peoples from across Turtle Island in North America.
City of Toronto (Toronto and the adjoining cities) was named, on June 26, 2015, as the host city of the 2017 North American Indigenous Games.
For the first time the Games will be held in eastern Canada after a bid by Aboriginal Sport and Wellness Council of Ontario assisted from the Chiefs of Ontario, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Six Nations of the Grand River.
The North American Indigenous Games 2017 flag will be flown from the Queen Street (Toronto) flag pole at City Hall, Toronto to commemorate the opening of the Games
To recognize Toronto as the host city of this year's Games, the 3D TORONTO sign will also be illuminated .
More than 5,000 Indigenous athletes, ages 13 to 19 would be welcomed in Toronto from July 16 to 23
Sport competitions will be a free event open to the public and will be held from July 17 to 22.
athletes will have a chance to participate in 14 sport categories.
The venues where the participation of the indigenous games would be held would be: Toronto, Hamilton and Durham Region, Humber College, McMaster University, York University, University of Toronto Scarborough, City of Toronto facilities, City of Hamilton and venues within Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.
York University and McMaster University will hold free week-long cultural festivals from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with Special nightly entertainment, concerts and presentations at 8 p.m.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Minister Bennett said: Transfer of Igloo Tag trademark rights to IAF is a powerful step towards decolonization
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Ottawa, Jul 14 (Canadian-Media): The announcement of the transfer of Igloo Tag trademark rights to the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF) -- by the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs on July 12 -- would enable IAF to standardize Inuit Art and how it could benefit Inuit artists in preserving cultural heritage for future generations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said.
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Members of an indigenous people of northern Canada and parts of Greenland and Alaska are called Inuits.
“ITK fully supports the Inuit Art Foundation taking administrative control of the Igloo Tag from the Government of Canada. ITK believes the IAF will engage with Inuit organizations, communities, and artists to ensure this important program enhances and protects Inuit artists,” Natan Obed, National Inuit Leader and President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.
Igloo Tag had been earlier managed by the Government of Canada and by private art wholesalers and would for the first time be managed by an Inuit-led organization.
“On behalf of the Inuit Art Foundation, I am pleased that we are taking on the Igloo Tag as part of our programming that supports Inuit artists across the country. I am excited to build on its long legacy and see how it can continue to grow and support artists into the future,” said Mathew Nuqingaq, President, Inuit Art Foundation.
Created originally in 1958, IAF with its national mandate, was ready to support, protect and promote the contributions of Inuit artists in Canada and around the world.
“Our government recognizes that protecting, revitalizing, and promoting Inuit language, culture, and identity can dramatically improve socio-economic outcomes, leading to stronger, more confident generations. Actions like transferring the rights of the Igloo Tag trademark to the Inuit Art Foundation are small, but powerful steps on the journey of decolonization. The Igloo Tag supports Inuit artists and culture and we are pleased that it will now be managed by an Inuit-led organization,” said Minister Bennett.
IAF was incorporated as a non-profit organization on June 3, 1987, and through its copyright services established in 1998, was able to control how their work was reproduced.
A report prepared for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada by Big River Analytics -- released by Government of Canada on the impact of the Inuit arts economy -- to enable policy developers to better support Inuit arts and artists in Canada.
The Inuit arts contributed $87.2 million to Canadian GDP (visual arts and crafts, performing arts, film, media, writing and publishing) in 2015 and as a result creation of over 2,700 full time equivalent jobs in Canada, and vast majority of employees were across Inuit Nunangat.
About 13,650 of the Inuit population (26 percent) aged 15 years and older were occupied in the production of visual arts and crafts representing Canada’s continuing obligation to support arts and Indigenous culture and government’s enduring efforts towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Cape Breton, Jul 3 (Canadian-Media): Chief Terry Paul, Membertou First Nation in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, joined the Order of Canada on June 30, a day before Canada’s 150 years celebrations, media reports said.
Only 7,000 people, till now have received this award.
Paul, who was first elected chief in 1984 and won re-election in 2016, said the award, in fact, was the result of the work he had received from his community.
"It's certainly the work of a team and the community itself. I feel I'm really representing the community of Membertou in receiving this award and I'm very, very proud to do that," he said.
"It's an amazing feeling to be honoured like this," Paul told CBC News, CBCNews reports said.
Acknowledging his unique leadership in upholding Indigenous rights and for building a unique model of sustainable financial independence in the Membertou community, Paul said,
"I know that a lot of our people have issues with the way the country started, and the issues that are still left. They feel they should be dealt with," Paul said. "But at the same time, we are a part of Canada — we're Canadian citizens for sure,’’ and added he would like to celebrate with other Canadians "because tomorrow, we'll still be living together."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)