Team Saskatchewan gathered at the Dakota Whitecap First Nation for a pep rally ahead of Saturday's early departure to the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto.

Hundreds of athletes, coaches and support staff met to get ready for a big sendoff to the games, which get underway on Sunday.

One Friday's highlights was when they received their Team Saskatchewan Gear like T-shirts, jackets, ballcaps and more as they became one united Team Saskatchewan.

"For all the younger kids don't be scared to try out for these things" said 19-year-old Dylan Peters, who will represent Team Saskatchewan in basketball.

"That was me all throughout elementary school, all I did was push and motivate myself, go to the gym, push myself harder than others, and you will succeed as long as you have the heart to go, you'll do good."

"It just blows me away" said 16-year-old Juleah Duesina who's representing the province for a second time on the track.

"My last experience everyone was so nice, had good leadership skills. Not a single person was rude to anyone, we were all just encouraging."

In total, 500 athletes, coaches and officials make up this year’s Team Saskatchewan at the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto.