MP Badawey invites us all to join him as Niagara Centre prepares to host North American Indigenous Games

From Tuesday, July 18th to Thursday, July 20th, 2017  at the Welland International Flatwater Centre

News from the Office of Niagara Centre MP Vance Badawey

Posted July 17th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Welland, Ontario – Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre is preparing for a busy week ahead as the canoe and kayak portions of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) come to the City of Welland. Badawey, one of ten members of the Liberal Indigenous Caucus, is proud to be showcasing Niagara Centre to indigenous athletes and their families from all across Canada and the United States.

From July 18 to July 20, indigenous athletes will be competing in canoe and kayaking competitions at the Welland International Flatwater Centre.  The events will be open to the public free of charge.

Residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the athletes. There will be two residents of Niagara participating: Pat Pemberton (Fort Erie, Coach, Lacrosse) and Gabriel Walkerton (Welland, Athlete, Baseball).

Opening ceremonies for the games kick-off Sunday July 16, 2017 at 7pm at the Aviva Centre in North York, Ontario.  In addition to the venue in Welland, other site-cities include Toronto, Hamilton, Ohsweken, and a variety of other cities in the Greater Toronto Area. For ticketing and event information, please go to:


“I am excited that Niagara Centre is hosting an integral part of the North American Indigenous Games. These games give us the opportunity to showcase the world-class facilities we have at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. I look forward to the opportunity to see future Olympians, and world champions in competition. My congratulations to all of the athletes and best of luck in your competitions.

Welland International Flatwater Centre.

I would also like to extend a special congratulations to Pat Pemberton and Gabriel Walkerton from Niagara, who are participating in the Games. Your dedication is an inspiration. All of Niagara is cheering you on. I hope to see Wellanders, all throughout Niagara, out in full-force to support the athletes!”   – Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre

Background Information on the North American Indigenous Games

The North American Indigenous Games are a multi-sport event involving Indigenous youth from Canada and the United States. The Games offer 14 sport competitions in addition to vibrant cultural programming. The first North American Indigenous Games was held in Edmonton, Alberta in 1990 and has been held on seven other occasions. Athletes competing must be born of North American Indigenous ancestry and must represent Indigenous Peoples of their Province/Territory or State/Region.

Welland International Flatwater Centre Location: 16 Townline Tunnel Road, Welland, ON L3C 2T4

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