Instead of counting from 100, organizers for the Toronto games chose 88 after the call to action number from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Executive Director for the Aboriginal Sports Circle of the NWT Aaron Wells says 13 to 20 athletes and mission staff from the north will be part of the Team 88 initiative.
“We’re excited to be part of the Team88 process and recognize the TRC recommendations on the government calls to action to support the North American Indigenous Games, and Indigenous youth in sport. 88 days is going to go by quick and we’re excited to head down to Toronto and cheer on Team NWT and support out athletes and hopefully see some meaningful competition,” said Wells.
Chef de Mission Shawna Mcleod, originally from Fort Providence will be the first member of team NWT profiled for Team 88.
Sports being finalized for team NWT include: track and field, canoeing, archery, rifle shooting, badminton and golf.
The games will run at venues cross Toronto, Hamilton, and Niagra from July 16-23rd.
— AboriginalSportNWT (@ASCNWT) April 19, 2017