What Are the 2018 Masters Indigenous Games?
The Masters Indigenous Games are a multi-sport and cultural event involving Indigenous adults across the world ages 20 years and up. The Games offer contemporary and traditional sports in addition to a vibrant cultural program, showcasing Indigenous cultural artists and performers from across the world.
When are the 2018 Masters Indigenous Games Taking place?
The Games will take place from July 12-15, 2018, with majority of the sports and all cultural events at Downsview Park. Canoe/Kayak will be hosted at Humber Valley.
What Are The Basic Requirements To Be A Volunteer?
The Masters Indigenous Games is looking for friendly, enthusiastic individuals who have great customer service skills, a professional demeanour and who are excited to be a part of a movement improving the lives of Indigenous adults across the world.
Most volunteer positions available for the 2018 MIG require fluency in English. Proficiency in French and knowledge of Indigenous languages are great assets to have.
Why Should I Volunteer?
2018 MIG will provide volunteers with unique experiences and the opportunity to build invaluable skills through participation in the numerous cultural and sporting events being held, leading up to and during the Games.
Volunteering for the 2018 MIG will provide an enriching opportunity to positively impact the lives of Indigenous people through the power of sport, and to learn more about the First Nations communities across the world.
How Do I Register To Become A Volunteer?
Can Only Indigenous Peoples Volunteer?
While all athletes must have Indigenous ancestry to participate and compete in the Games, member of the general public are strongly encouraged and welcomed to assist in the execution of the Games as volunteers.
The 2018 MIG provides a great opportunity for communities to unite and experience the unifying power of sport, while celebrating Indigenous cultural heritage.
What Can I Specifically Volunteer For?
The 2018 MIG will provide numerous opportunities for volunteers to engage and build new skills in areas such as event management, customer service, accreditation, emergency/medical services, sport management, media, medal ceremonies, photography, protocol, social media and IT.
How Many Volunteers Will You Need?
Approximately 500 volunteers will be recruited for the 2018 MIG to ensure a best in-class experience for the more than 2,000 participants and countless spectators attending the Games.
When Is The Deadline To Register?
2018 MIG volunteer registration is on-going and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Currently, there is no fixed deadline but interested individuals are encouraged to register early.
Is There An Age Limit To Volunteer?
Yes – Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older by July 12, 2018. Volunteers under the age of 18 will require a co-signature from a parent or guardian. There is no maximum age.
If I Have Accessibility Issues Can I Still Volunteer?
The 2018 MIG welcomes all volunteers and is dedicated to promoting the spirit of the Masters Indigenous Games in celebrating distinctiveness and inclusion.
The 2018 MIG is dedicated to providing accommodation to all volunteers, spectators or guests that have accessibility requirements. If you require accommodation, please indicate any requirements through the application process.
Can I Choose The Sport I Want To Volunteer For?
As the 2018 MIG volunteer recruitment process is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, we cannot guarantee specific sport categories or volunteer placements will be honoured. Specific volunteer requests can be included in the initial volunteer registration process and we will do our best to accommodate your preferences.
Can I Volunteer For More Than One Sport?
Depending on the schedule, it may be possible to volunteer for multiple sports in either the same or different venues.
What Venues Or Parts Of Toronto Will I Be Volunteering In?
The main venue for the 2018 MIG is at Downsview Park. This has three venues that will host majority of our sports and all cultural events.
Other venues include Humber Valley.
Do I Have To Live In A Certain Area To Volunteer For The 2018 MIG? Do I Need A Car?
You do not need to live in a specific area of Toronto to volunteer, however, it is recommended as all our venues are located in Toronto. All venues are easily reachable by public transportation, a vehicle may be required for timely travel to and between venues during the Games. Transportation will not be provided for volunteers.
I Would Like To Volunteer But Do Not Have Internet Access What Do I Do?
You can send a letter stating your interest, skills and contact info to the Manager, Volunteers, 2018 MIG, 2425 Matheson Blvd. East 7th floor Mississauga, ON L4W 5K4.
I Have Registered On Your Website. Am I Done?
Thank you for registering! Although this does not confirm that you have been selected, it does mean that you are now eligible for the next round of screening.
Will I Need A Police Check?
No. All volunteers who are selected will not need a background check as all participants are over the age of 18.
When Will I Know If I Have Been Selected?
There will be an application and screening process that will take place in winter of 2018. Final selection will be confirmed in the spring of 2018.
What Is The Time Commitment For Training And Working?
Volunteer training will take place from May – June 2018. Volunteers will be asked to choose one of several dates for evening training sessions. The majority of our volunteers will be required to attend one 2-3 hour training session and a venue familiarization training session. Anyone chosen to be a team leader, or in a sport specific role, may be asked to attend an additional training session specific to the requirements of the position.
We ask for a minimum of two five-hour shifts during games time, however, preference may be given to those who are available to work most, if not all, of the 4 days.
Because we have outdoor events, weather does sometimes play a factor and we remind our volunteers to please stay ‘until the end of play’ rather than a posted time if play has been delayed.
Can I Volunteer With Friends/family?
Best efforts will be made to have friends and families volunteering together. However, while you may be on the same shifts as your friend/family, you may be in different parts of a venue and/or placed where help is needed most.
I Work 9-5, Can I Volunteer For Weekends Or Evenings?
There will be limited opportunities as most events of the 2018 MIG will be held during the day. Preference will be given to those who can volunteer during the day.
Does The 2018 MIG Qualify For My Community Service Hours?
The 2018 MIG is happy to assist any of our volunteers in completing an official sign off for community hours, wherever appropriate.
What Are The Rewards For Volunteers?
Each volunteer who is selected will receive at a minimum a t-shirt and an accreditation name badge. Volunteers who complete a minimum amount of hours on a given day are eligible for a meal at their assigned venue for that day. In addition to any games items that we are able to provide to our volunteers, we will do our best to make you feel welcome and respected for the work that you will be doing.
Will Bad Weather Affect My Schedule?
Regardless of weather conditions, we ask all volunteers to report to their assigned duties, unless you receive a text or a call to say otherwise. During the course of your training, weather and other situations will be covered to ensure you have the information you need and as well, know the process to follow in all types of unexpected situations.