Welcome to the 2022 Virtual Games

Aanii / Boozhoo / She:kon / Sge:no / Wachay / Shekoli / Tansi / Kwey / Greetings!

Welcome to the 2022 Well Nation Virtual Games, hosted by Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario (ISWO).

On behalf of ISWO’s Board of Directors and staff, we’re thrilled to be bringing the Well Nation Virtual Games back again for a second year. We know that COVID-19 has been hard on everyone; it’s taken away opportunities to play sport, to compete against your peers, and to be a part of something larger than yourself. We were hopeful that we would be able to support more in-person programming this year, but it’s honestly been a challenging start to the year. 

However, we do remain hopeful, that things will get back on track soon. We have big plans for in-person programming this year, including a major event in Ottawa, tryouts for the 2023 NAIG, multi-sport camps, and more!

Since we can’t meet in person, and since so many of you participate in the Well Nation Virtual Games last year, we thought it a good idea to bring them back! We’ve obviously updated the categories and some of the activities, with new challenges and fun options for you to try out.

We’re so happy that you are here visiting virtually, and we hope that you have a fantastic time taking part in this fun, family-friendly event.  

The Games were developed to provide Indigenous youth, families and community members with an opportunity to be physically active, come together as a family and as a community, and have fun, while keeping safe. 

The Games are intended for all ages and abilities! So, we welcome you to join with your families – invite your cousins, your aunties, your Elders, your grandmothers and grandfathers, your siblings and your friends – to have fun and challenge yourselves. Make it a family, community or school challenge and get in the game. 

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

‘Aanii/Boozhoo! 

Welcome to the 2022 Well Nation Virtual Games!  We’re excited that you are participating and wish you and your families a fun and rewarding experience.

If this is your first time, get ready for a fun-filled week! If you’re back for the second year, get ready for exciting new challenges, prizes and bonus activities.

ISWO’s focus has always been on enhancing the wellbeing of Indigenous youth and communities, and although COVID has challenged us in so many ways, and disrupted lives, I’m amazed and thankful at how communities have come together to support each other. During these uncertain times, ISWO has shifted from basketball tournaments, multi-sport camps, major Games and NAIG tryouts, to providing online programming for youth and adults, supporting community initiatives through micro-grants, and getting food, PPE, clothing, sport equipment and personal hygiene supplies, to families and communities in need. We’ve all had to pivot and change the way we do things – we’ve all had to adapt. One thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to supporting community wellness. We are grateful for the many partners, organizations, communities and funders that have worked with us in collaboration over the past year to help make things a little easier for families and communities going through challenging times. Chi-miigwetch for all of the continued support, enthusiasm, generosity and good wishes. 

Special thanks to the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for supporting the 2022 Well Nation Virtual Games. 

The Well Nation Virtual Games are meant to be a fun activity, to do with your friends, family and loved ones. So, take part, be active, and enjoy the moments! Looking forward to the spring and summer months, and hosting in-person programming across Ontario for our youth, families and communities, once we are able to safely do so.

Sincerely,

Marc Laliberte

President, Indigenous Sport & Wellness Ontario