Page 15 - SIGA Annual Report 2013

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The Saskatchewan 2012 First Nation Winter Games were hosted by the Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs.
The Games were held from April 8 to April 14, 2012 in Saskatoon, SK. The Saskatchewan First Nations
Winter Games played host to 3,500 First Nation youth, some of the best young athletes in Saskatchewan
aged 8-17 years. In addition, 1,200 coaches, managers and chaperons, 400 volunteers, 50 Officials and
approximately 4,500 proud parents and spectators attended and supported these bi-annual Winter Games.
Athletes from Saskatchewan’s ten tribal councils and independent First Nation communities gathered in
the name of sportsmanship and community well-being. Friendships were forged in the name of spirited
competition and displays of athleticism. The athletes gathered to compete in various sporting events
including hockey, volleyball and a variety of traditional games.
With our focus on youth, SIGA’s sponsorship of these games enable First Nation youth to gain access
to athletic competition and experience the long lasting benefits of camaraderie, teamwork, a sense of
pride, and relationships that will last a lifetime. The Saskatchewan First Nations Winter Games has a
unique legacy to our First Nation communities which provide a showcase of athletic, cultural and artistic
skill of our youth. The Games helped develop and foster athlete’s self confidence, self esteem, cultural
pride and social skills. SIGA has been a supporter of the First Nations Winter Games since SIGA opened
its doors in 1996.
On September 23, 2012, SIGA sponsored the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the 15th annual SIGA Rider
Game Day. Each year SIGA invites over 300 inner city children and youth as well as First Nations Veterans
to Mosaic Stadium in Regina to watch the Rider game.
Many of these youth may not have had an opportunity to attend a Rider game and had a lot of fun
showing their Rider pride. This year we also had face-painting for the youth and handed out Rider
souvenirs for those in attendance. The Veterans proudly participated by carrying their flags and were
honoured in a pre-game ceremony.
This allows SIGA to participate in an event that enhances our corporate image across the province,
with over 30,000 Saskatchewan fans in attendance.