The 2013 New Brunswick Indian Summer Games have kicked off in Tobique and Perth-Andover and will continue through Saturday. As many as 1,500 young athletes from across the province are competing in a variety of sports such as soccer, archery, ball hockey, track and field, baseball and golf.

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The Tobique First Nation is hosting the annual summer games for young people between the ages of 5 and 18.  A number of venues are being used for the various events, including the River Valley Civic Center, Andover Elementary School, Southern Victoria High School, the Mah-Sos school and various ball fields in the Tobique and Perth-Andover communities.

Find a full list of events, times and venues here.

The games were first held in the 1970’s, but according to the CBC fell victim to a lack of funding. The New Brunswick Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Authority revived the event in 2010. Organizers hope it will help foster a sense of community among First Nations people in the province, which number more than ten thousand, and are primarily Mi'kmaq and Maliseet.

The 2013 New Brunswick Indian Summer Games wrap up with an awards ceremony after a full day of events Saturday.