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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)