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The World Indigenous Nations Games took place in Edmonton, Canada from July 2 to July 9 and more than 1,500 athletes from tribes around the globe participated in this competition. Panama managed to win a total of 17 medals in different disciplines like swimming, athletics, rafting, 50 meters race and spear throwing.
This is the second time the games have been celebrated. The first one was in Las Palmas, Brazil in 2015.Treaty Six Grand Chief Willie Littlechild of Canada is the founder of the games. He first broached the idea at the United Nations nearly 40 years ago.
One of the main themes of the games is a focus on reconciliation. Reconciliation is especially close to Littlechild’s heart and spirit after spending time as a commissioner with the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“With the games we can motivate our people to reclaim culture, reclaim language, and to experience the pride of who we are,” said Littlechild.
Delegations from Panama, Paraguay, New Zealand and Russia among others took part in traditional competitions, such as bow and arrow shooting, canoeing and lacrosse. Teams from around the world also showcased their traditional games and cultures during the weeklong event.
The athletes who represented Panama, were selected after a serie of competitions that took place in the San Blas comarca between April and May this year.
There are plans for the third version of the World Indigenous Nations Games to take place in two years time.