Alberta Indigenous Games 2022 returns with bigger numbers

Monday, August 8th, 2022 4:15pm

By Daniel Barker-Tremblay

Alberta Indigenous Games 2022 Logo (Photo submitted)

"It's so cool, gathering at the games is culture, and it's healing. It's so powerful." - Jacob Hendy, executive director of Alberta Indigenous Games



The 2022 Alberta Indigenous Games are set to begin this week and a large turnout is expected.

Jacob Hendy, executive director of the Alberta Indigenous Games, talked about the number of participants during the last years of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to this year’s event: they expect the number of participants to double—over 4,000 youth athletes, coaches and chaperones are attending the event.


Jacob Hendy, executive director of Alberta Indigenous Games (Photo Submitted)

There are new sports such as Ball hockey and golf with separate divisions for both boys and girls, along with the return of canoe and Kayak to be included in this year's games, which also increased the number of participants.

The 2022 Alberta Indigenous Games is the largest multi-sport, summer  Indigenous games in North America and has been celebrated annually yearly over the past several years.

Hendy expressed his excitement and said “it’s cool” that this vision is coming to life, adding that this event is both a cultural and a healing event for all, and shared what games will be featured in this year’s event.

The Alberta Indigenous Games run Aug. 11-18 at Rundle Park in Edmonton.

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The Opening Ceremonies can be heard across Alberta on CFWE north and CJWE south, starting at 1pm on Thursday.


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