Winnipeg 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Declares Games a True Sport Event

(Ottawa, ON – July 12, 2017) – In recognition of the belief that good sport can make a great difference, the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society and Co-Hosts have declared the 2017 Canada Summer Games a True Sport Event. This means that the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun will be at the heart of the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games. Athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators will be encouraged to bring the True Sport Principles to life through their actions, thereby making a statement about the kind of sport they want to be a part of.

“We are very pleased that the Winnipeg Summer Canada Games has demonstrated its commitment to values-based and principle-driven sport by making a True Sport Declaration,” said Karri Dawson, Executive Director of True Sport. “This Games marks a monumental anniversary in the history of Canadian sport and we’re proud that True Sport is a part of it. Good luck to all the athletes who will be competing this summer – we’ll be cheering you on as you pursue personal excellence.”

The 50th anniversary of the Canada Games is the perfect occasion to celebrate the dedication of the host province, Manitoba, in developing the first ever provincial True Sport strategy. This event provides a unique opportunity to call to action all other provinces and territories to make their own pledge to values-based and principle-driven sport and help us collectively achieve quality sport in Canada.

“We are committed to upholding the True Sport Principles to ensure an exceptional Canada Games experience for all,” remarked Jeff Hnatiuk, President and CEO of the 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society. “The values of fairness, excellence, inclusion, and fun will be at the heart of these Games.”

From July 28 to August 13, thousands of athletes will gather from across Canada to compete in the largest national multi-sport event for young athletes. Let’s use the True Sport Principles to celebrate the power of sport and ensure that this event is one that all Canadians can be proud of!

About the 2017 Canada Summer Games:

Winnipeg, Manitoba will host the Canada Summer Games, July 28- August 13, 2017. Featuring 16 sports, over 250 events and a major cultural festival, the 2017 Canada Games will welcome over 4,000 athletes and coaches and more than 20,000 visitors. Celebrating the Games’ 50th anniversary and acknowledging Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Canada Games are this country’s largest multisport event for young athletes. They will leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced sport facilities, volunteer and leadership development that will benefit athletes and the broader community for years to come. This event has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada, Province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg.   

About the Co-Hosts:

The 2017 Canada Summer Games Host Society acknowledges and welcomes our official Co-Hosts, the First Nation communities of Treaty No.1, Treaty No.3, and the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) whose traditional lands and waters the 2017 Games will be held upon.  As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Canada Games and acknowledge the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Host Society also recognizes the thousands of years the First Nations communities have called this territory home and the hundreds of years it has been the home of the Metis peoples.

The Host Society and Co-Hosts respectively thank Turtle Lodge and the many Elders and Grandmothers that have provided the Games with cultural guidance and teachings that will make the 2017 Canada Summer Games one of the most inclusive in its 50 year history.

About True Sport:

True Sport promotes a series of programs and initiatives designed to give people, communities and organizations the means by which to leverage the many benefits of sport from a platform of shared values and principles. Through public consultation, Canadians have told us that they want their sport experience to be based on the values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun. You can join True Sport at




For more information, communicate with:

Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233