NAIG2017.to – A really cool experience

It all goes back to that idea of being good to people and they will be good to you. Long story made short, I have met a lot of incredible people and they have been very great to me and it has allowed me to develop as a person and photographer. I am very grateful to have been hired as one of two official photographers for the North American Indigenous Games hosted in Toronto and Hamilton.

Some highlights:

Working with super knowledgeable and experienced Peter Power to document the games for the Host Society. (peterpower.ca)

Having your images printed and hung three stories high at the Aviva Centre (Tennis Canada venue) on York University Campus.

Making my way around to every event without a media pass.

Having an awesome day at the track with a new friend from Russia.

Surviving the terrible light at the Iroquois Lacrosse Centre/Tait Gymnasium/etc.

Learning more about the Indigenous culture and being able to incorporate my knowledge into teaching students.

Here are my top ten images from the week:

A general view of the pitcher and batter during the California and Manitoba U-16 Softball tournament at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games at Turner Park in Hamilton, Ontario on July 17, 2017. (NAIG/Michael P. Hall)
Elder Gary Sault recites a song prior first round of golf competition at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games at Humber Valley Golf Course in Toronto, Ontario on July 17, 2017. (NAIG/Michael P. Hall)
Jordan Halverson of Team Saskatchewan warms up prior to the start of their game against Team California in the U-16 Softball tournament at the Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games at Turner Park in Hamilton, Ontario on July 17, 2017. (NAIG/Michael P. Hall)

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