In September 2018, County Council approved a joint submission with Alderville First Nation to host the 2019 Ontario Indigenous Summer Games. Applications were submitted to the Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO) by the deadline date of September 28, 2018 and applicants were to be advised of their success (or otherwise) by November 2018. But notifications have not happened – the ASWCO web site says: “The bid process is now closed, and the Ontario Indigenous Summer Games Bid Committee is currently in the process of conducting site visits and scoring communities on the bid matrix.” So now the County and Alderville First Nation are withdrawing their application since there is now insufficient time to prepare. The cost of staging the games would have been $250,000 with $100,000 coming from the Provincial Government, some from a $125 fee paid by athletes and the rest from the County budget.
The benefit would be the attraction of tourists and their spending on accommodation etc – this would have been primarily Cobourg and Port Hope.
The last Ontario Indigenous Summer Games took place in 2016 in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River (that’s near Brantford) but at the rate it’s going, it won’t happen in 2019. It would have featured “300 – 500 young Indigenous athletes of all abilities, from across the province, to compete in the following sports:
- 3D Archery
- Rifle Shooting
In withdrawing their application, County staff say in a report to County Council at the next meeting on 30 January that with the compressed timelines, there would be a risk of lost deposits and/or unavailable accommodation space, a problem getting organized with volunteers etc in the time available and the possibility of a reduced schedule of activities due to venue and sporting official availability. It was felt that a quality event can no longer be assured, hence the decision to withdraw.
It had been hoped that the County could repeat the success of the Ontario ParaSport Games in 2014 since “county staff who led this process are either now leading the Ontario Indigenous Summer Games bid process, or have been consulted for their input.”
- Report from Dan Borowec in September 2018 recommending an application (from County portal)
- Report recommending withdrawal of bid (from County portal)
- Official OISG Web site
- Parasport Games in Cobourg – 31 May 2014
- Parasport Games inside budget – 12 October 2014