We call upon the officials and host countries of international sporting events such as the Olympics, Pan Am, and Commonwealth games to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ territorial protocols are respected, and local Indigenous communities are engaged in all aspects of planning and participating in such events. 

Indigenous Watchdog Status Update

Current StatusJan. 10, 2022IN PROGRESS
Previous StatusDec. 5, 2021IN PROGRESS

Why “In Progress”?

Sports Canada is reviewing planning and delivery phases of Canada hosted international multi-sport events to ensure Indigenous consultation and collaboration is entrenched in all Hosting documents. There has been no specific strategy communicated as to how Sports Canada would engage with International Major Multi-sport Games organizing committees with what objectives and desired outcomes.

Commitments of International Sporting Organizations Towards Indigenous Reconciliation

Aug. 7, 2020 St. Catherine Standard – The 2021 Canada Games Host Society has signed a memorandum of understanding with a newly formed Indigenous Partnership Council including representatives from local, provincial and national Indigenous communities and groups including the Six Nations of the Grand River, Niagara Regional Native Friendship Centre, Fort Erie Friendship Centre, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board, Inuit and Brock University. The Indigenous Partnership Council’s vision will be to build a legacy for “an inspiring, unifying and transformative” 2021 Canada Summer Games by sharing the diverse cultures of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. 

In collaboration with the host society, the mission will be to co-welcome and educate the athletes, their families, and guests as well as and broader Niagara community and viewers nationwide on the original peoples and their ways of life. The education will include sharing their distinct cultures, traditions, songs, dances, and craftsmanship to create a unique cross-cultural experience for the Games.  The Partnership Council will play an essential role in the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies, the 13-for-13 Cultural Festival, and Niagara Place.

Official Federal Government Response: Sept. 5, 2019

Sport Canada is reviewing the manner in which Indigenous groups were engaged with during the planning and delivery phases of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. This review serves as the basis for entrenching Call to Action 91 in appropriate Hosting Program documents and to ensure that territorial protocols are respected for any event that Canada provides support to.

In addition, Sport Canada will work in close collaboration with the organizing committees of International Major Multisport Games to ensure they are aware of and acting upon this call to action.

Significant Change

Sept. 5, 2019 – Changed focus of review of Indigenous engagement with international sporting events from “will serve as the basis to consider” to “will serve as the basis for entrenching”. Deleted reference to 9th Games of La Francophonie.