Dal, MSVU, SMU, CBU support North American Indigenous Games

Several universities in Nova Scotia—including Cape Breton University, Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Saint Mary’s University—helped host the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) this year. With athletes representing 756 Indigenous nations descending on Halifax to participate in NAIG, Dal, MSVU, and SMU are hosting athletes—and in Dal’s case, coaches and staff—in its residences. The universities have opened a number of their facilities and have taken steps to make athletes more comfortable during their stay: Dal stated that athletes will have access to spaces such as the Indigenous Student Centre and campus dining halls, while SMU will be offering a special menu in its dining halls and has installed posters with welcome messages in Mi’kmaq and English across campus. CBU is named as a sponsor of the games. Two of the universities are also hosting events on campus: Dal is hosting basketball events at the Sexton and Dalplex gyms as well as swimming events at the Dalplex pool, while SMU will be hosting the wrestling and basketball competitions at its facilities.

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