VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — The North American Indigenous Games have fallen victim to the pandemic.
The Victoria-based NAIG Council voted Wednesday to postpone the event, which was set to take place on the week of July 12 in Halifax.
Following the lead of the Olympics, Indigenous Games organizers say they’re hoping to shift the event to the summer of next year.
” While we are all disappointed with the postponement, the health, safety, and well-being of our communities and families, along with everyone involved in the Games, is paramount,” the release reads.
We understand the importance of working as one to flatten the curve, even if it means putting something amazing on hold, for now.
The health and safety for all communities across Turtle Island is our top-priority, and we would like to let you know the Games have been postponed pic.twitter.com/Y2DwTprPM1
— 2020 North American Indigenous Games (@NAIG2020HFX) March 25, 2020
This year’s event in Halifax was to play host to around 5,000 indigenous athletes from across North America.
The council says they will continue to update and offer ways to bring the community together by providing virtual ways to keep people active as many self-isolate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In the meantime, we encourage you to continue training to maintain your physical health and fitness while following the guidelines for social distancing,” the release adds.