The 2013 Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games are now in the books.
According to unofficial results, the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council won the overall standings with 865.10 points (19 gold, 20 silver and 18 bronze).
The Meadow Lake Tribal Council finished close behind with 842.70 points (18 gold, 22 silver and 14 bronze).
Third place went to the Agency Chiefs Tribal Council, which had 790.90 points.
Here is how the rest of the teams finished:
4. Saskatoon Tribal Council – 753
5. Team Woodland – 734.70
6. Prince Albert Grand Council – 517.45
7. File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council – 430.45
8. Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs – 414.70
9. Team Beardy’s – 318.50
10. Yorkton Tribal Council – 227.60
11. Onion Lake – 223.75
12. SET4 – 212.15
13. Battlefords Tribal Council – 160.50
Closing ceremonies were held at the Art Hauser Centre.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt was on hand, along with a host of other dignitaries.
Tony Cote, the man who founded the games in 1974, was presented with an honour song by the Iron Swing Drummers.
Organizers Marvin Sanderson and Dean Bear paid special tribute to the many volunteers who made the games possible.
That gesture brought a smile to the face of Dennis Adam.
The Fond du Lac resident spent of the week volunteering his time at the cultural village at Kinsman Park and says he enjoyed every minute of it.
Sitting in his wheelchair beside the arena’s food court, he savored the last few hours of the games:
“Today’s the final day and I’m just hanging out, enjoying the last bit of it.”
After the closing ceremonies were finished, a special banquet was held for the volunteers in another show of thanks.