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Local athlete, Jessina Goodswimmer plays on gold medal winning team at Alberta Indigenous Games – Smoky River Express

by ahnationtalk on September 12, 2018179 Views

The fifth annual Alberta Indigenous Games (AIG) took place at Edmonton’s Callingwood Park from August 15 to August 19.

Master of ceremonies, Stanley Isadore, an actor recognized for his roles in “The Academy” and “Blackstone” TV series, introduced the grand entry of Chiefs, other dignitaries and guests of honour along with athletes, coaches, dancers and flag bearers.

Following the opening prayer, Driftpile Elder, educator, artisan and AIG president Martha Campiou, welcomed everyone to the games.

Guests of honour who spoke at the opening event included Chief Billy Morin of Enoch Cree Nation, Edmonton-McClung MLA Lorne Dach, Edmonton City Councillor Sara Hamilton, Chief Kurt Burnstick of the Alexandra First Nation, and MLA Richard Feehan, Deputy Government House Leader and Minister of Indigenous Relations.

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