In­dige­nous Games look­ing to sign on more vol­un­teers

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - TORONTO - David Hains Metro | Toronto

North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games (NAIG) or­ga­niz­ers say they still need vol­un­teers less than one month be­fore the event be­gins.

NAIG CEO Mar­cia TrudeauBomberry told Metro they orig­i­nally wanted 2,000 vol­un­teers to host the seven-day event. Only 1,400 peo­ple have signed up to date, just weeks be­fore the July 16 open­ing cer­e­mony.

“We do have a suf­fi­cient amount of vol­un­teers, but ad­di­tional ones would be ap­pre­ci­ated,” she said.

Trudeau-Bomberry said they would be in a good po­si­tion if they got 300 to 400 more vol­un­teers be­fore the games be­gin.

The In­dige­nous Games are ex­pected to draw 5,000 ath­letes who will par­tic­i­pate in 14 dif­fer­ent sports, in­clud­ing lacrosse, archery and ca­noekayak. The events will take place through­out the GTA at many of the same sites as the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Trudeau-Bomberry said the lack of vol­un­teers is in part due to the lower bud­get and pro­file of the In­dige­nous Games com­pared with other events.

De­spite this and other con­straints, Trudeau-Bomberry said things are go­ing well.

“I think we’re in a good place,” she said.

“It’s go­ing to be a great cel­e­bra­tion and a great gath­er­ing.”

It’s go­ing to be a great cel­e­bra­tion. In­dige­nous Games CEO Mar­cia Trudeau-Bomberry

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