Kingsclear First Nation hosts Indian Summer Games this week

Kingsclear First Nation near Fredericton will be bustling this week as it hosts the 2017 New Brunswick Indian Summer Games.

Roughly 1,200 athletes, coaches and community volunteers from Mi'gmaq and Wolastoq communities will take part in the five-day event, which begins Monday.

Opening ceremonies will include a parade of athletes, dancing and drumming groups.

Competitions will take place in athletics, ball hockey, badminton, canoeing, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, T-Ball, volleyball, swimming, basketball, golf, baseball/softball and archery.

Ed Doherty, minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, says the event is a chance for athletes from First Nation communities to celebrate their culture, wellness and quality of life through sport, and to share their aboriginal heritage and athletic abilities with all New Brunswickers.

The province says it's supporting aboriginal athlete development — one of the Calls to Action set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions — by providing $20,000 in funding for the games.

Venues will include Kingsclear First Nation, the UNB campus, the City of Fredericton ball fields on Prospect Street and Mactaquac Provincial Park.