The Games Committee of the Tony Cote Winter Games 2018 is pleased to announce the Opening Ceremonies of the Games!

The Opening Ceremonies April 2, 2018, included a Grand Entry led by our invited Dignitaries, followed by a Parade of Athletes, representing territories across the province of Saskatchewan.

Masters of Ceremonies, EEKWOL-Lindsay Knight and Cal Arcand guided the proceedings through Guest Speakers including City of Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark who will brought greetings on behalf of the City and Special Performances including a Cree rendition of O Canada. The venue was the Alliance Church. 3035 Preston Avenue South, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7T 1C2

* Special Announcement:  We are proud to announce that Silver Medal Olympian Bridgette Lacquette will be with us during the games and will be available for interviews or appearances. Contact Rodger W. Ross Communications Manager TCFNWG 2018

communications@tonycotegames.ca   

The Tony Cote First Nations Winter Games 2018 are being held in the heart of Treaty #6 territory, the City of Saskatoon, April 1-6, 2018. Saskatoon has a long history of supporting and successfully hosting First Nation events including the Annual FSIN Pow-Wow.

With 3000 plus athletes, coaches and volunteers expected to participate in the Games, the Socioeconomic and Cultural benefits for the City of Saskatoon and indeed the province is a win-win for everyone.  

Host Communities: Shoal Lake Cree Nation | Red Earth Cree Nation | Cumberland House Cree Nation 

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BACKGROUND

Tony Cote First Nations Winter Games 2018 Opened in the Heart of Treaty #6 Territory​

The Games Committee of the Tony Cote Winter Games 2018 was pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Lyle Daniels as the Games Manager last November. Mr. Daniels brings a wealth of experience to the games, including eight years as a former Director of Sport, Culture, Youth and Recreation for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), a former Team Saskatchewan Chef de Missions for the 2006 North American Indigenous Games in Denver Colorado and Sport Manager, First Nation Summer Games 2017.  

Along with Mr. Daniels the committee would like to introduce Mr. Wendell Head as Chair of the Games. Mr. Head, a member of the Red Earth Cree Nation, is looking forward to working with the Committee, Mr. Daniels, the Crew and the Host Communities of Cumberland House Cree Nation, Red Earth Cree Nation and Shoal Lake Cree Nation.  

"On behalf of Chief Nawakayas of Red Earth Cree Nation, Chief Bear of Shoal Lake Cree Nation and Chief Chaboyer of Cumberland House Cree Nation, I’m excited and pleased to be appointed Games Chair," stated Mr. Head. "I’m looking forward to working with the Host communities, the City of Saskatoon, Chief & Councils and Mr. Lyle Daniels and his crew."  

The Tony Cote First Nations Winter Games 2018 will be held in the heart of Treaty #6 territory, the City of Saskatoon, April 1-6, 2018. Saskatoon has a long history of supporting and successfully hosting First Nation events including the Annual FSIN Pow-Wow. Saskatoon is the home of Wanuskewin Heritage Park and has played host to the 2016 Master Sports Festival and more recently, the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters.  

Mayor Charlie Clark is pleased Saskatoon will serve as Host City for these Games. "We’re very honoured that Saskatoon has been chosen," said Mayor Clark. "Sport is a wonderful way for people to come together for a shared experience and to help build community. I am sure that the facilities and amenities of Saskatoon will help create an excellent experience for participants and spectators alike."  

With 3000 plus athletes, coaches and volunteers expected to participate in the Games, the Socioeconomic and Cultural benefits for the City of Saskatoon and indeed the province is a win-win for everyone.  

In the spirit of reconciliation, the Games Committee is proud to present the upcoming Tony Cote First Nation Winter Games in the City of Saskatoon and celebrating sports excellence with all of the participants.   

Further announcements will be made as they move closer to Games.   

For further information contact: Rodger W. Ross Communications Manager TCFNWG 2018 communications@tonycotegames.ca   

Tony Cote First Nation Winter Games 2018 Appoints Lyle Daniels Games Manager

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