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NAIG Council meets requirements of 2008 Cowichan Legacy Plan

The legacy created by the 2008 North American Indigenous Games in Cowichan is starting to funnel back into future games. - Andrew Leong/file
The legacy created by the 2008 North American Indigenous Games in Cowichan is starting to funnel back into future games.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The North American Indigenous Games Council has received its first installment of $75,000 from the Cowichan 2008 NAIG Legacy Plan.

"The 2008 NAIG legacy funds will help NAIG council with administrative and operating expenses, ensuring the organization can fulfill its obligations to the youth it represents and to future NAIG hosts,'' noted Mike Sutherland, NAIG Council secretary-treasurer, in a press release.

"The NAIG Council will always be grateful to the people of Cowichan who welcomed us into their territory and hosted a great Games,'' added NAIG Council president Dave Canadian. "The host society was professional, highly-organized, showed great leadership and set the new standard for future Games. Proper planning and execution resulted in a legacy that is still being felt years after the Games.''

A second payment of $100,000 is due in June.

The Legacy Plan's commitment is to maximize the sport, economic, social, community and cultural benefits from the hosting of the Games.

The NAIG Council was named a beneficiary of the financial surplus and intellectual property from the 2008 Games. It has been working diligently since that time to meet all the requirements.

The Legacy Plan required a multi-year senior staffing plan, marketing to recognize the contribution, funds development strategy, use and protection of fund policies and establishing an account in a Canadian chartered bank to incorporate as a non-profit in Canada.

The 2008 legacy has also led to improved communication and consultation with the host society for the 2014 NAIG Games in Regina.

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