The Ottawa 2023 Masters Indigenous Games (MIG) are expected to be the cultural and sporting event of the summer, highlighting Indigenous achievement from around the world. The Games will feature a mix of traditional and contemporary sports; a spectacular opening Gala; an interactive Cultural Festival open to the public; special nightly performances by world re-known, award-winning Indigenous performers; and a Closing Ceremony. The Ottawa 2023 MIG team is working hard to provide all participants and spectators with a uniquely enriching experience that celebrates and promotes Indigenous cultures and sport. Volunteers play a big role in achieving this. The Ottawa 2023 MIG cannot take place without you!

The inaugural 2018 MIG had more than 300 volunteers support the lead-up, set-up, delivery and take-down of the four-day event, which had more than 6,000 people in attendance. Volunteers were integral to the success of the Games and supported athletes, participants, visitors, and community leaders, with kindness and enthusiasm.

With close to 1,500 athletes expected to attend the Ottawa 2023 MIG, the Organizing Committee will be looking to recruit, train and schedule close to 600 volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the largest Indigenous Masters’ age events in the world, complete the registration form now.

*Please note that you must be at least 16 years old to volunteer and have parental/guardian permission to be accepted.

Volunteers will receive:

  • A volunteer uniform (t-shirt and a hat)
  • One meal per shift
  • A volunteer swag bag
  • Snacks and refreshments
  • Volunteer Certificate
  • Volunteer Hours Confirmation (if needed for work or school)


If you’ve registered your interest to be a 2023 MIG volunteer (and thank you by the way!), here’s what you can expect:

Screening and Interviews – Over the next several weeks our team will be reviewing applications and setting up interviews with those who have applied to be a volunteer. We want to make sure you have all of the information you need, before you commit your time, and we also want to get to know you and make sure that this event is the right fit for you.

Approvals and Roles – Once we’ve conducted interviews, you will receive an email letting you know that you’ve been approved and are officially registered in our system as a 2023 Masters Indigenous Games volunteer. We will then be asking you to choose your preferred roles and as well, informing us of your availability for shifts during Games time.

Shifts and Scheduling – Based on your availability and role preferences, we will begin assigning shifts through our volunteer system. You will be able to log-in and accept the shifts you want to take on, and or, decline those that you don’t want or are unable to do. We do ask for a minimum of two, four-hour shifts to be considered a volunteer for the Games.

Training – Closer to the event, we will share dates and options for volunteer training. We will be offering both an in-person training session in the Ottawa area (with lunch and refreshments) and a virtual training session; you can choose whatever suits you best, but all volunteers are required to complete one training session.

You will also receive a copy of the volunteer handbook and all training materials. The volunteer system will house all the materials you need and be the central place to login check your status, accept shifts, and communicate with your volunteer supervisor in the lead-up to and during the Games.

We are thrilled that you’ve decided to volunteer and rest assured, our experienced Games team, will be with you every step of the way! Our job is to ensure that you’re excited, have the tools you need to succeed, and enjoy a safe and pleasant experience.

Looking forward to seeing you all embody the spirit, this August at the Games!

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