Tony Cote Winter Games celebrate Indigenous athletes
- EFN Staff | April 11, 2018
An annual Indigenous youth sporting winter event wrapped up another great season. The 2018 Tony Cote Winter Games, formerly known as the Saskatchewan First Nations Winter Games, were held on April 1-6 in Saskatoon. The province’s largest Indigenous sporting seasonal event drew a huge crowd that brought all First Nation communities together to showcase athletic skills of Indigenous youth. This year’s games host committee were Shoal Lake Cree Nation, Red Earth Cree Nation and Cumberland House Cree Nation as the community partners who presented the games.
The final standings for the top three teams who dominated the winter games this year are Team Woodland, Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC) and File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council (FHQTC).
Team Woodland scored 79.50 points bringing home four gold, two silvers and three bronze medals. MLTC totalled 72.50 points with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals and FHQTC scored 64.25 points with three gold and one silver medal.
The sports in the Tony Cote Winter Games consisted of hockey, volleyball, badminton, curling, basketball and broomball. Athletes, coaches, chaperones and spectators were greeted with special guest, Brigette Lacquette, who competed in this year’s Olympic’s on Canada’s National Women’s Team. Lacquette is a member of the Cote First Nation, SK.