History of the Games:

The Tony Cote Winter/Summer Games formerly known as the Saskatchewan First Nation Winter/Summer Games was initiated in 1974 by Chief Tony Cote and the Council of the Cote First Nation and their membership. They determined that the majority of First Nation youth under the age of twenty (20) were excluded by mainstream sport systems. The inception of the Summer Games was to coincide with the celebration of the 100 th Anniversary of the signing of Treaty 4.

There were many factors that contributed to the low participation such as the following:

  1. Facilities and infrastructures were provided through surrounding towns and villages, there was little or no facilities in the communities;
  2. Majority of education on reserve was provided from K-9 only, thus providing no recreational facilities through the education programs;
  3. First Nation youth did not feel comfortable in participating in “mainstream sport” due to the fact that they were a minority and there was no First Nation presence within the area;
  4. Economics played a major role in deterring participation based on large families, transportation, low income, social conditions, isolation, work or home related problems within the First Nation communities. At the time there existed a very competitive circuit of events in sports, culture and recreation. Each First Nation played host to a sports day that included: fastball, soccer, powwow, rodeo and other related events that promoted participation and community involvement.

Originally, the First Nations competed together against one another in the Summer Games. They then began to compete in the District format, of which there were seven at that time. The original sports in the Summer Games were track and field, soccer and softball. The original sports in the Winter Games were hockey, basketball, volleyball, curling and boxing. Through mandate by the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Chiefs in Assembly, the Saskatchewan First Nation Summer and Winter Games were developed using the Tribal Council Format. The teams participating in the Tony Cote Winter/Summer Games were made up of First Nations within a Tribal/Grand Council or Agency.

In 2002, the Saskatchewan Indian Sports, Culture, Youth and Recreation Committee, upon consultation with their Chiefs, recommended that the First Nation Winter/Summer Games be staggered. The staggering of the Games would enable the Tribal Council Coordinators to focus their attention on grassroots development of the youth within their Tribal Council/First Nation areas. This resolution was passed by the FSIN Chiefs in Assembly in February, 2002.

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Summer Games Hosts:

1974| Cote First Nation 

1975 | Cote First Nation

1976 | Beardy’s First Nation

1977 | Cote First Nation

1978 | Cote First Nation

1979 | George Gordon First Nation

1981 | Muskeg Lake Cree Nation

1983 | Peepeekeesis First Nation

1984 | Touchwood File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council

1985 | Mosquito First Nation

1986 | Saskatoon District

1987 | Kahkewistahaw First Nation

1988 | Waterhen First Nation/MLTC

1989 | George Gordon First Nation

1990 | Sturgeon Lake First Nation

1991 | Mistawasis First Nation

1992 | Kawacatoose First Nation

1993 | Sakimay First Nation

1994 | Montreal Lake Cree Nation

1995 | Poundmaker First Nation

1996 | Ahtahkakoop First Nation

1997 | Whitecap Dakota Nation

1998 | Cowessess First Nation

1999 | Big River First Nation

2000 | Little Pine First Nation

2001 | La Ronge First Nation

2003 | Flying Dust First Nation

2005 | Kawacatoose First Nation

2007 | Red Pheasant First Nation

2009 | Onion Lake

2011 | Thunderchild

2013 | Muskoday

2015 | Ochapowace

2017 | File Hills QuAppelle Tribal Council

2019 | Flying Dust First Nation

2021 | cancelled due to COVID

2022 | James Smith 

2024 | Lac La Ronge Indian Band 


Goals of the Games:

  • To provide an athlete-centered multi-sport experience that compliments provincial sport governing bodies, long term athlete and coach developmental plans, generally in the LTAD ‘Train to Train’ stage of development.
  • To identify Saskatchewan participants with the potential to advance to higher levels of competition.(Provincial Team, National Competitions, Canada Games, Western Canada Summer Games, North American Indigenous Games).
  • To enhance community development through a sport legacy of upgraded equipment, facilities, experienced officials, cultural understanding and appreciation, and a core group of volunteers.
  • To motivate participants to achieve a higher level of sport skill and physical wellbeing.
  • To promote athlete, coach and official development programs within all Tribal Councils in the province. To provide a provincial showcase which increases public awareness and support for amateur sport in Saskatchewan.
  • To generate economic and tourism benefits within the host community and surrounding area. The Tony Cote Games Program is a developmental tool used by Provincial Sport Governing Bodies (PSGBs) which aids in the comprehensive growth and development of athletes, coaches, officials and all participants in sport.

Tribal Council Teams:

  • Agency Chiefs Tribal Council
  • Battlefords Tribal Council
  • Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs
  • File Hills/Qu’Appelle Tribal Council
  • Meadow Lake Tribal Council
  • Prince Albert Grand Council
  • Saskatoon Tribal Council
  • Southeast Treaty 4 Tribal Council
  • Team Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation
  • Team Woodland Sector
  • Team Onion Lake Cree Nation
  • Touchwood Agency Tribal Council
  • Yorkton Tribal Council

    2024 Competition


    Competition Dates: August 13 – 15, 2024
    Competition Site: La Ronge Village Beach
    Number of Competitors per Team:

    U13 Athletes: 5M/5F = 10

    U15 Athletes: 5M/5F = 10

    U17 Athletes: 5M/5F = 10

    Coaches and Managers per District Team:

    2 Coaches (1M, 1F); 1 Manager (either M/F); 2 Chaperones (1M, 1F)

    Teams may share Coaches to ensure Gender requirement is fufulled.

    Competitor Ages: 13U – Male & Female – Born 2011/2012
    15U – Male & Female – Born 2009/2010
    17U – Male & Female – Born 2007/2008


    (see Technical Package for the full Athlete Eligibility policy)

    • The Tony Cote First Nation Summer Games shall be open to Saskatchewan Residents who are of Status Indian Ancestry.  Athlete treaty numbers are required as proof;
    • All athletes must be a member of a First Nation within the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian
    • Athletes must compete with the Tribal/ Grand council teams that they are members of;
    • Transfer of Status Indians to another Tribal /Grand council is allowed as per Saskatchewan First
      Nation Winter and Summer Technical Manual RESIDENCY clause;
    • All Competitors & Staff must be a member of the Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan.
      Technical package: COMING SOON!
      Equipment Used:
      • Canoes – Yukon (16 ft fiberglass model)
      • Kayaks – Nelo Surfski 510s
      • Paddles: Wood or Carbon, Straight shaft or bent

      CKS will be reaching out to clubs around the province to borrow/rent equipment for the event. If you know of equipment that can be used, please contact Jessica Riley at

      Events: COMING SOON!



      Tibal Council Trial Information – Coming soon!

      Get Involved!

      To make this event a success, and to achieve our goal of representation from all Sport Districts, we need your help!

      CKS is looking for Coaches, Officials, Volunteers… and of course athletes!

      If you are interested in being a part of the Games, please contact Jessica, CKS Paddling Development Director by email:

      Where are the next games?

      The location of the next Tony Cote Summer Games has not been announced yet!

      Keep checking back for updates!