bigger, they're better and there are new events scheduled to take
place this year.
than 900 people are expected attend the 2011 Tlu Piich Games, which
are scheduled to go from Wednesday, Aug. 3 to Sunday, Aug. 7 in
the Alberni Valley.
response to suggestions last year on the Tlu Piich Facebook site
three new events have been added to this year's venue: soccer, swimming
and canoe racing, games coordinator Richard Samuel said.
will be in the form of family soccer that will be held after the
opening ceremonies at Bob Dailey Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 3.
swimming makes its return to the games after a 10-year hiatus and
will be held at Echo Centre on Friday, Aug. 5.
had inquiries about it the last couple of years but the pool was
closed during the games," Samuel said. "It's not closed now, though."
canoe racing a historic Nuu-chah-nulth competitive event
will be held on Aug. 5 on the Somass River.
Tseshaht and Hupacasath First Nations have donated their canoes
and crews will be manned on a drop-in basis, Samuel said.
games have grown since returning in 2009.
were 350 event registrants age 7 and over in 2009 and more than
700 last year.
hope that we break the 1,000 mark but we'll see," games coordinator
Richard Samuel said.
other changes are expected to attract more people this year.
the games entry requirement has been expanded.
inviting people of aboriginal, Inuit, and Metis ancestry to participate
in the games this year," Samuel said. "We've got some people from
a tribe in Victoria coming too."
two, Samuel and other Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council staff have reached
out to urban Nuu-chah-nulth people to participate.
people living in Campbell River, Nanaimo, Victoria, Vancouver and
Seattle have shown an interest in the games, Samuel said.
are needed to help run the machinery that makes the games, Samuel
incentive, special draws for people who have volunteered three or
more hours are being held for an Ipod Touch and Walmart gift card.
interested in volunteering can contact Leisa Fred at 250-724-5757.
2011 Tlu piich Games Facebook group can be found here.