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First Nations Tribal Journey/

BC Summer Games Opening Ceremony

July 18, 2000

(City of Victoria) Pam Madoff was joined today by Chief Andy Thomas from the Esquimalt Nation, Chief Robert Sam from the Songhees Nation, and Liz Ashton, President of the Victoria 2000 Summer Games Society in announcing the symbolic linking of the First Nationsí Tribal Journey with the Victoria 2000 Summer Games on Thursday, July 27.

The Victoria 2000 Summer Games will run from Thursday, July 27 to Sunday, July 30. Approximately 4500 participants, including athletes, coaches, officials, family members and friends are expected to visit Victoria. The athletes will participate in 43 sporting events held at 35 different venues throughout the region.

A three-week long tribal journey began on July 14 and will be travelling along the northwest coast where it will visit First Nations communities before arriving in Victoria on July 26.

Up to forty canoes, and 1000 Tribal Journey participants, are expected to arrive in the inner harbour at approximately 4:30 pm on Thursday, July 27 where they will receive a traditional Coast Salish welcome by Chief Thomas and Chief Sam, representing the host nations. This ceremony is expected to last two hours.

After disembarking from their canoes, Tribal Journey participants will gather on the north sidewalk of Belleville Street and will be formally acknowledged by Chief Thomas and Chief Sam at approximately 7:40 pm as part of their welcome address from the Victoria 2000 Summer Games stage in front of the Legislature.

As part of the festivities, a First Nations athlete who will be competing in the diving competition at the Games, Paul Gorup, has been selected to carry the torch in a canoe that will travel from Marinerís Landing, arriving at the Empress Floats at 8:30 pm. The torch will then be handed over to an athlete who has been selected to carry it to its final destination on the legislative lawns. Mr. Gorup will accompany this athlete and the torch on the final leg of its journey.

Contact for Information:

Marnie Mayhew, Executive Assistant, Mayorís Office

Telephone: (250) 361-0558/email:

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