The Northern Lights Community Development Corporation presented the 2014 Saskatchewan First Nations Winter Games council with a donation of $150,000 on Wednesdat in a press conference at the Prince Albert Grand Council building. Heading into it‚Äôs 40th year, the Winter Games will showcase the province‚Äôs First Nations athletes from 13 regional teams in six events including hockey, badminton and basketball. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp
Financial support for the 2014 Saskatchewan First Nations Games continues to roll in as the event hosted in Prince Albert is set to kick off on Sunday.
During a press conference on Wednesday at the Prince Albert Grand Council building, the Northern Lights Community Development Corporation presented the games council with a donation of $150,000 to support the games running April 21-25.
Heading into its 40th year, the Games will showcase First Nations athletes from 13 regional teams across the province competing in six events including hockey, curling, volleyball, broomball, badminton and basketball.
With a high cost to run the games, the games council has already received a number of sizable donations, including most recently a $125,000 contribution from the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority on March 31.
‚ÄúWe are grateful to receive this generous donation,‚ÄĚ PAGC Grand Chief Ron Michel said. ‚ÄúThe support will help us cover the costs associated with hosting an event of this magnitude and ensure a positive, lasting and memorable experience.‚ÄĚ
Like the previous donations received by the games from SIGA and Sasktel, Wednesday‚Äôs $150,000 contribution will help fund the costs of meals, accommodations, facility rentals, security, medical services, transportation and entertainment, among other things.
The NLCDC is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in various First Nations reserves throughout northern Saskatchewan. Their mandate is to contribute 25 per cent of profits generated by the Northern Lights Casino to First Nations organizations and groups within the PAGC.
NLDC CEO Alphonse Bird, said that it is vital to support the games, which will have a long lasting impact on First Nations youth.
‚ÄúWe recognize the positive impact that these competitions have on the social well-being of our youth and families,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúWe are proud to be able to showcase their athleticism while providing visitors the with best experience that PAGC communities have to offer.‚ÄĚ
Prince Albert last hosted the Games in 2001 and will host the event for the sixth time.
The Games kick off on Sunday with opening ceremonies at 4 p.m. at the Art Hauser Centre.