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The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) will be taking place in Toronto from July 16 to 23. Several Victoria athletes will be representing Team British Columbia in the sports of box lacrosse and soccer.

Stay tuned to Victoria Sports News for the latest goings on with local athletes competing in Toronto and the lead up to the games.

The NAIG include up to 30 jurisdictions, in some cases they are provinces, territories or states, like BC or the Yukon or North Dakota, but some territorial teams have more traditional boundaries and names, for example, Eastern Door and North, which is basically the Kahnawake people which are made up of a variety of indigenous people, most of which are Mohawk.

Easter Door and North is a reserve located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec.

Saskatchewan has dominated the games, taking in all eight editions and winning a total of 1894 medals made up of 708 gold, 713 silver and 473 bronze over the 24 years since they started – the games typically go every third year.

BC has earned the fourth most medals (772) behind Sask, Alberta and Manitoba.

The following sports are included: Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Baseball, Boxing, Canoeing, Golf, Lacrosse, Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Track and Field and Cross-country running, Volleyball and Wrestling.

The Pacific Institute for Sports Excellence (PISE) is providing specialised training for six local athletes with the leadership of high-performance Kinesiologist Chris Hinton as well as Chris McElroy, former Victoria Shamrocks and NLL player.

Victoria Sports News is currently working on stories to be published before the games begin, check back often.

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