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Tex Marshall, an Aboriginal Sport Consultant, currently working with Nova Scotia Health and Wellness, has had his eye on the North American Indigenous Games for years. When it came time to put a bid in for the 2020 Games, Tex was instrumental in Halifax landing the Games. Of course, the Games were delayed due to the pandemic and will now hit Halifax in July 2023.
The North American Indigenous Games is the largest sporting event ever to come to Atlantic Canada. “It’s going to be an amazing event for our city and our region too,” said Tex.
WHY HE DID IT
Tex has dedicated most of his life working with indigenous youth. “It’s been a personal goal of mine for more than 25-years to bring this event to Halifax. It’s an incredible opportunity for indigenous youth,” said Tex.
He also stated that “Halifax is the perfect size city to host any type of event, national or international. There’s no risk of the events getting lost in the city. We’re the perfect size… And don’t forget about that down home, Nova Scotia hospitality everyone boasts about. What I’ve often said is, that Maritime hospitality comes from us, the Mi'kmaw.”
The North American Indigenous Games is set to host 5000 participants from across North America and draw thousands more to Halifax to take in all the action.
The event has also attracted thousands of volunteers. “The volunteer base here in Halifax is phenomenal.” Boasts Tex.” We’ve exceeded our volunteer goals for hosting the Games in 2023 and I believe that’s the case for all events that come to Halifax.”
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