Arctic Winter Games
The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and Indigenous culture.
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|First event||1970 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada|
|Occur every||2 years|
|Last event||2018 Arctic Winter Games held in Hay River/Fort Smith|
|Purpose||Sports for the Arctic|
The Arctic Winter Games were founded in 1969 under the leadership of Governor Walter J. Hickel of Alaska, Stuart M. Hodgson, Commissioner of the Northwest Territories, and Yukon Commissioner James Smith. The idea to "provide a forum where athletes from the circumpolar North could compete on their own terms, on their own turf" came from Cal Miller, an advisor with the Yukon team at the 1967 Canada Winter Games.
In 1970 in Yellowknife, Canada, 500 athletes, trainers and officials came together for the first Arctic Winter Games. The participants came from the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska. Since then, the Games have been held on fifteen occasions in different places and with ever more participants from more and more places within the Arctic region. The games in 2002 were the first jointly hosted Arctic Winter Games, by Nuuk, Greenland and Iqaluit, Nunavut.
A total of nine contingents participated in the Arctic Winter Games. The same group of teams also made up the participants of the previous games
Host cities have mostly been in Canada and the United States.
|1978||Hay River/Pine Point|
|1996||Chugiak/Eagle River||United States|
|2006||Kenai Peninsula Borough||United States|
|2018||Hay River/Fort Smith||Canada|
The past winners of the trophy are:
Arctic Winter Games International CommitteeEdit
Arctic Winter Games alumniEdit
- The Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, presented Aisa Pirti, a 19-year-old Inuk from Akulivik, Nunavik, with the National Aboriginal Role Model Award during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Aisa has received 30 medals and five trophies for Inuit games in regional and circumpolar competitions, such as the Arctic Winter Games and the Eastern Arctic Summer Games.