The NAIG are a triennial
event for North American Indigenous peoples to come together and celebrate
their religion, language and customs. The games also provide an
opportunity for individuals to participate and compete in sport and
cultural activities. This website was created by Zero One to showcase
the history and evolution of these games and to reflect the character
of the event: The Spirit Strong, Brave and True. Coordinated by the
Canadian Heritage Information Network, nine museums and cultural organizations
(Canadian Canoe Museum, Elliott Avedon Museum, Musee des Abenakis,
Wabanaki Confederacy, UBC Museum of Anthropology, National Museum of
the American Indian, St. Boniface Museum, Sport Canada and Woodland
Cultural Centre) contributed to this project, truly reflecting the subtitle
"museums honour the North American Indigenous Games."
Zero One organized the site's contents around some of the best known games and took, as inspiration for the site's design, the dream of these Indigenous Games becoming an enduring legacy. The NAIG games are described and their histories are illustrated with archival photographs, video clips, and links to related sites. Most games or sports sections are augmented by links to references sites and a bibliography for people desiring more information. The site also includes a section of flash activities which encourage youth to participate and respond to fast paced visuals. These activities include quizzes, games and puzzles. A teachers' corner provides educational activities and information that allow further, in-class, exploration of these traditions and games at a variety of grade levels. Through blending of stories and video, Zero One helped showcase rich traditions which form the core of the Indigenous Games.