One of the many sports and cultural posters prodiced for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The City of Victoria committed up to $440,000 for the Games should the Songhees-led bid be successful. Aboriginal Sports Circle

One of the many sports and cultural posters prodiced for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. The City of Victoria committed up to $440,000 for the Games should the Songhees-led bid be successful. Aboriginal Sports Circle

Victoria offers up cash commitment for North American Indigenous Games

$440,000 would come out of surplus funds from next two years' City budgets

Victoria councillors hope a decision to provide financial support for a successful North American Indigenous Games bid will set the tone for other municipalities to do the same.

Council voted Thursday to provide up to $220,000 in each of the 2019 and 2020 budget years from surplus accounts, should the Songhees Nation-led bid for the 2020 Games be successful. The City’s support is subject to receiving a detailed budget breakdown from the Games committee.

As part of the decision, a statement was included that Victoria will encourage its municipal neighbours to contribute per capita amounts in the same range, which works out to about $2.50 per person for two years.

The City also plans to work with the organizing committee to facilitate use of City sports facilities as needed.

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