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about-2The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) was once a respected trading nation with the Europeans in and around an area, which included Port Credit and the City now known as Toronto. Today they occupy 6,000 acres of land in the townships of Oneida and Tuscarora, just off Highway # 6 near Hagersville, approximately one hour southwest of their original home on the banks of the Credit River. The MNCFN belong to the Anishinabe Nation, North America’s second largest and the Three Fires Confederacy an alliance of the Ojibway, Odawa, and Potowatomi Nations.

On May 22, 2014 they signed a protocol naming them the Host First Nation for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. As Host First Nation, MNCFN will work with TO2015 on ceremonies, community sport activations, arts and culture, youth programming, employment, internship opportunities and economic development.

about-1Games organizers are promising visitors a diverse selection of exhibitions, concerts and performances along with the sporting events. The planned cultural festival that will run parallel to the Games will give First Nation performers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reach a global audience.

The organizing committee has made active First Nations participation a key component of the Games, including regular meetings of the Aboriginal Leadership Partners, charged with organizing an Aboriginal pavilion for the Games.

The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation has established its own Pan Am/Parapan Games Secretariat (PAGS) to plan events celebrating its role as Official Host First Nation.