Nunavut co-hosts the 2002 Games
With events like "knuckle hop", "ear pull" and "sledge jump", the Arctic Winter Games are more than just another international athletic competition. The best of the North compete in ancient native games alongside hockey and curling as part of the biannual event. The Games began in 1970 as a way for folks living north of the 55th parallel to compete on their own turf. It has since evolved into a sporting and cultural extravaganza where throat singers and dog mushers help preserve the distinct northern way of life.
They see the money spent on new facilities as a much-needed investment in their youth. Many hope the Games' legacy will lure young Northerners away from drugs and alcohol by instilling in them a sense of pride at having hosted the circumpolar North's largest event.
• Sixteen to 19 sports make up the Arctic Winter Games. To be part of the Games, the sport must be uniquely northern, have wide-ranging participation and be a legitimate winter or summer sport. The sport also should demonstrate potential for development.
• In 2004, the sports of the Arctic Winter Games include:
Arctic Sport (Traditional Inuit and Dene games)
Dog mushing (dog sleds)
• The 18th Arctic Winter Games take place in Wood Buffalo, Alta., from February 28 to March 6, 2004.
• Over 2000 participants representing the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik (in northwestern Quebec), Alaska, Greenland, northern Alberta, the Russian provinces Magadan and Yamal, and the Sami people of northern Scandinavia will take part in the 2004 Games.
• On April 1, 1999, Nunavut became Canada's newest and largest territory.
Program: The World This Weekend
Broadcast Date: March 24, 2002
Guests: John Maurice, Debbie McGuire, Peter Moore, Luke Peter, Victor Tutu
Host: Lorna Jackson
Reporter: David Michael Lamb
Last updated: March 17, 2014
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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