Can you play an Arctic winter game; say hello in Chipewyan (Dëne Sųłıné Yatıé), South Slavey (Dene Zhatıé), Cree (Nēhiyawēwin), and French; or name the flags of the participating contingents in the 2018 Arctic Winter Games (AWG)? These are just a few of the challenges South Slave’s elementary and high school students are rising to complete as part of the AWG’s outreach program.
Since early February, the outreach program has been available to all South Slave schools and will continue to engage students until the Games’ official start on March 18. Students are tested on their knowledge of the 2018 AWG and encouraged to engage in sports demonstrations. The program includes workshops so students can learn how to play futsal, table tennis, basketball and even the Dene Games. The AWG mascot Kechi is also teaching students how to do the Kechi Dance, and if they’re lucky they may even see her engage in a friendly competition with their local school’s mascot.
“It is great standing in front of the kids; it gives them the opportunity to ask questions about the Games, gets them engaged, and makes them feel a part of it,” said Paula Gour, Outreach Coordinator for the 2018 Games. “It empowers them as much as us. We’re creating a movement, getting ready for the Games, and Finding our Power”.
Students are also encouraged to test their knowledge of the AWG after the visit. Before Kechi and the outreach program team leaves, each participant receives a passport with more than 30 activities to complete. Every student that completes at least 20 activities can bring their passport to the AWG office in Hay River or Fort Smith by March 12 to be entered in a draw. Winners will receive one of nine full uniforms from each participating contingent.
The program’s activities are a great way to prepare for the Games—are you up for the challenge?
About the 2018 AWG:
The Arctic Winter Games are an international celebration of circumpolar sports and Aboriginal culture held every two years. This year, the AWG are celebrating their 25th anniversary in Hay River and Forth Smith, Northwest Territories, between March 18-24. Close to 2,000 athletes from nine regions of the circumpolar world, along with 1,500 volunteers are expected to participate in the AWG. For more information on the Arctic Winter Games, please visit our website at: www.awg2018.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Thorsten Gohl, Marketing Manager
Arctic Winter Games 2018
867-874-2345 ext. 1007 or 867-373-0485
thorsten [at] awg2018 [dot] org