Manitoba Indigenous Games

Since its inception in Opaskwayak Cree Nation in 1999, the Manitoba Indigenous Games (MIG) has served as a platform for Indigenous youth in Manitoba to showcase their sporting excellence while strengthening their ties to their culture.

Host Communities, Dates, & Sports

Norway House Cree Nation, July 9 - 14, 2025


  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • 3X3 Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Canoe
  • Softball
  • Wrestling*
  • 10,000 metre foot races*
  • York Boat races*

Sagkeeng Anicinabe Nation, August 17 - 23, 2025


  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Ball Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse*

*Communities will host special celebrations to honor their historical participation in specific sporting events.

Athlete Eligibility

To participate, athletes must be:

  1. Permanent residents of Manitoba;
  2. Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, or Red River Metis);
  3. Born on or after January 1, 2009.

Required Documents

All athletes will be required to provide the following documents upon registering for tryouts:

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Manitoba Health Card
  3. Proof of Indigenous Status
    1. For Status & Non Status First Nations Athletes the following documents will be accepted:
      1. Indian Status Card.
      2. Band Council Letter of Enrolment (Must clearly indicate the athlete's full name, date of birth, and Status Number).
      3. Non-Status First Nations athletes may submit their parent's Indian Status Card or Band Council Letter of Enrolment alongside their long-form birth certificate directly connecting them to the parent that has Indian Status.
    2. For Red River Metis Athletes the following documents will be accepted:
      1. Manitoba Metis Federation Citizenship Card.
      2. Letter of Citizenship from the Manitoba Metis Federation (Must clearly indicate the athlete's full name, date of birth, and MMF Citizenship Number.)
    3. For Inuit Athletes the following documents will be accepted:
      1. Inuit Identification Card.

Failure to provide any of the above documents may result in the athlete not being allowed to participate.

Competition Venues, Tryouts, & Team Information

Competition Venues: TBA Spring of 2025

Tryout Information: TBA Fall/Winter 2024

Team Information: TBA Fall/Winter 2024


Robyn Cruz, Major Games Manager

Phone: 204-925-5737


Our History

Since 1999, the Manitoba Indigenous Summer Games (MISG) provided Aboriginal athletes, coaches and officials in Manitoba the opportunity to fully participate in their own multi-sport competition. It emphasized active participation in sporting competition for our Aboriginal youth regardless of sport specific skill levels, age and gender. Sport competition was one of the many goals of which participants took advantage. Opportunities to meet new friends, develop social interaction skills and gain valuable educational experiences in the diverse cultural and traditional practices found in the Aboriginal population were all found equally valuable, if not more important, than competition alone.

The Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) will always be recognized as the founders of the Manitoba Indigenous Summer Games. They had the dream for Aboriginal youth to participate with other Aboriginal youth in mainstream sport competition, at the same time learning many valuable tangible and intangible skills and knowledge about themselves as Aboriginal people.

The Manitoba Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Council has proudly accepted the stewardship of this wonderful and exciting event. The selfless act of the OCN Recreation Department to hand over governance of the MISG to the MASRC was done in part to ensure its growth and development as a provincial event. The MASRC was the obvious choice as it is the recognized Provincial/Territorial Aboriginal Sport Body for Manitoba.

The success of the MISG has evolved into a greater need for more sporting, recreational, and cultural events similar in size and scope. To complement the obvious link the MISG has to the North American Indigenous Games, where 16 sports are represented and 5 in MISG, more competitive events were recommended from the grassroots levels to high performance circles.

In response, the MASRC hosted another Aboriginal multi-sport event. The introduction of the 1st Manitoba Indigenous Winter Games (MIWG) in 2006 brought forth more opportunities for provincial level competition in five sports, recreational activities, and the display of and teachings of traditional Aboriginal cultures.

The MIG timeline will follow the schedule of the Power Smart Manitoba Games following a two-year summer and winter games rotation.

Past Hosts

  • 1999 MISG - Host: Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • 2001 MISG - Host: Cross Lake Band
  • 2003 MISG - Host: MMF Southwest Region
  • 2004 MISG - Host: MMF The Pas & Opaskwayak Cree Nation
  • 2006 MIWG - Host: Fisher River Cree Nation & Peguis First Nation
  • 2007 MISG - Host: MKO, KTC, Awasis Agency of Northern Manitoba
  • 2011 MIIG - Host: Peguis First Nation and Opaskwayak Cree Nation

2022 MIG Archive

MIG 2022 Winners- June 2022

Find a Summary of Technical Packages HERE

Find our Frequently Asked Questions HERE

2021 MIG Archive

Click the links below to view our media releases.

MIG Announcement - November 23, 2020

MIG School Registration Launch - December 7, 2020

MIG Reveals New Logo and Logo Winner - December 19, 2020

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