In July 2023, employees from the L3Harris facility in Enfield, Canada, took part in a LIFT initiative and volunteered to support the 2023 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).
This year’s games took place in Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Canada), Dartmouth, Millbrook First Nation, Sipekne’katik, and included a total of 5,000 athletes, all under the age of 19, coaches and team staff from more than 756 Indigenous Nations. Athletes represented the 13 provinces and territories of Canada as well as nine US states. They competed in 16 different sports with three traditional Indigenous sports including canoe/kayak, lacrosse and 3D archery.
L3Harris volunteers worked over 140 hours in support of the NAIG. Support roles consisted of organizing housing accommodations, transportation to and from the Halifax International Airport, directing visiting Indigenous dignitaries and being field of play coordinators to ensure the visiting athletes had everything they needed for a successful competition.
"It’s an honor to support Indigenous youth and communities through initiatives like the NAIG," said Ugo Paniconi, L3Harris Technologies General Manager in Mirabel, Canada. "Our employees were proud to be ambassadors for the games, the province of Nova Scotia and L3Harris. We were delighted to be part of this rewarding experience."
As part of the company’s LIFT program, L3Harris donated $600 USD to the Micmac Benevolent Society, a non-profit organization that provides amenities through a next step shelter for victims of family violence.