North American Indigenous Games 2017

North American Indigenous Games 2017

The North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) is an International event with athletes from all over Canada and the United States. It provides high level competition for athletes from many different sports. It was held in Toronto the week of July 15 to 23.

The Whitehorse Glacier Bears fielded 5 of the 7 swimmers that made up the Yukon Swim Team. This included Kassua Dreyer, Cassis Lindsay, Rennes Lindsay, Brooklyn Massie and Shailyn Moore. The team also included synchronized swimmers Helene and Camron Maguire. The coach was our own Shereen Hill, with support staff of Therese Lindsay as Mission Staff and Keith Maguire as male chaperone.

The swim team brought home 18 of the whole Yukon medal count of 23 from across all sports. Cassis Lindsay topped the count with 7 medals, 6 of which were personal medals (1 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze) plus 1 relay silver medal. Rennes Lindsay achieved a total of 6 medals, of which 5 were personal medals (2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze) as well as another silver medal in the relay.

Kassua Dreyer also achieved a total of 6 medals, 5 of which were personal medals with 1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze and a silver medal in the relay.  Brooklyn Massie won a personal bronze medal and a silver in the relay.

Overall team members smashed their personal best times. Some by several seconds, even over short distances. The team was very cohesive with lots of laughs and cheering for their team. Even with all the travelling, the team had to do on competition days (approx 4 hours a day), there was still laughter and singing and friendship within the team and with other teams from all over Canada and the United States. The competition was intense with many heats and finals and relays crammed into 2 very long days. Needless to say, everyone was exhausted by the end, but super proud of their achievements and of being role models for other Aboriginal youth.  This is extremely important in respect to the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations.

A wonderful experience for all, with even the more experienced swimmers saying it was the best experience of their whole swimming career.

Therese Lindsay

Mission Staff for NAIG 2017


Whitehorse Daily Star sports article:  July 24, 2017

Swim Team led the medal charge at 2017 NAIGames in Toronto