Qalipu Supports Team Mi’kmaq at the North American Indigenous Games

Team NL
The Qalipu Chief and Council pledged $15,000 to support members of the Qalipu First Nation who will compete in games as Team Mi'kmaq. Pictured here for the presentation of the cheque are (L-R) Chief Brendan Mitchell, Odelle Pike, Mike Alexander, and Qalipu Ward Councilors Arlene Blanchard White and Gerard Alexander.

A group of exceptional young athletes from Newfoundland and Labrador will represent our province in competition with teams from across North America, at the North American Indigenous Games this July 16-23 in Toronto.

Team NL, a group of 90 representing the province’s four indigenous groups; Inuit, Innu, Metis and Mi’kmaq, will compete in volley ball, swimming, badminton, athletics, wrestling and rifle shooting.

Mike Alexander, Regional Coordinator of the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Circle in Newfoundland, said that some members of the team are returning athletes who won medals at the 2014 games in Regina but noted, “there are a lot of new faces as well.  They are all exceptional athletes.”

Best of luck to Team NL and have fun at the games!