The Town of Naicam is pleased to announce that the Lance Runners for the 2015 Saskatchewan First Nations Games, from the Muskoday First Nation, will be staying at the Naicam Campground on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Their team consists of 16 runners, 4 chaperones and 4 elders who are heading to the 2015 Saskatchewan First Nations Summer Games in Ochapowace. Everyone is welcome to come out and talk to the athletes on Wednesday evening. Let’s cheer them on and make them feel welcome!
Historically the lance run was performed by scouts within First Nation culture as they looked for seasonal camps or to spread important messages through communities. As they searched through new territory they would be met, honoured, and helped through their journey. Today the lance run is comparative to the Olympic flame which is carried throughout communities prior to the start of the Olympics. This is where the lance run parallels the Olympic flame in it is taken through communities prior to the NAIG with welcoming ceremonies held at numerous First Nations communities throughout Saskatchewan. (Copied from http://www.carlyleobserver.com/news/local-news/lance-runners-honoured-as-north-american-indigenous-games-are-set-to-begin-1.1484701)