May 1, 2017


88 holds a special meaning for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games. It will be the beginning of a legacy to celebrate and share national, provincial/territorial and local stories of our Indigenous athletes. The Aboriginal Sport Circle NWT and Team NWT will be joining the initiative and are celebrating #Team88 through a series of profiles.

#Team88 emerged from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, recommendation 88 calls on all levels of government to take action to ensure long-term Indigenous athlete development and growth through continued support of the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). 

Developing legacy initiatives, NAIG is and continues to be the catalyst of supporting the importance of long-term athlete development, sport and physical activity. The initiatives of #Team88 have been fully embraced here in the NWT and Team NWT is proud to be a part of the support network for our Indigenous people. Shawna McLeod, Team NWT’s Chef de Mission, believes that #Team88 is an opportunity for us all to share our Indigenous stories and be proud of them. NAIG is a catalyst “to showcase our athletes and to prevail as Indigenous people”.

Below are the profiles for our Chef de Mission: Shawna McLeod; and one of our Assistant Chefs de Mission: Derek Squirrel.

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Established in 1999, ASCNWT was created through a national consensus-building process in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the Northwest Territories.

We believe that all Aboriginal people in the NWT should have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities at a level of involvement they find meaningful and valuable.