Nunavut athletes heading to the 2016 Arctic Winter Games will be sporting yellow and red uniforms when they climb the podium. The uniforms were unveiled this afternoon at the Legislative Assembly in Iqaluit.
Team Nunavut is sending 180 people to the Games in Nuuk, Greenland next week, including athletes, coaches and cultural performers.
Athlete Jillian Kaviok, drum dancer Tooma Laisa, and youth ambassador Robert Ikkidluak presented the ensembles to Premier Peter Taptuna and Community and Government Services Minister Joe Savikataaq.
The uniforms and 2016 commemorative pin set were designed with colours from the Nunavut flag and important symbols of Inuit culture.
"Representing Nunavut is a big thing for me - I'm so happy I get to wear this - I really love the uniform," said Kaviok, a volleyball player, while sporting the red and yellow uniforms that athletes will wear on the podium.
Kaviok added that she likes this uniform even more than the one from 2014 when she represented the territory as a wrestler.
"I feel special," said Laisa who was modelling the blue and yellow jacket that will be worn for the opening ceremonies.
She and six others will be performing a drum dance at the opening ceremony in Nuuk.
"I love to perform. It makes me happy, and when the seven of us are performing we're showing our pride in our territory," added Laisa.
For Ikkidluak, the green youth ambassador uniform is a symbol of community.
"It feels awesome. I get to represent Nunavut and work with youth," said Ikkidluak, who adds that being part of team Nunavut as a volunteer makes him feel even more excited about the games.
"We are extremely proud of our Team Nunavut participants, and wish them luck as they represent us on the world stage at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games," said Taptuna.
In addition to the uniform, the Arctic Winter Games pin set was unveiled.
"The design of the pin is an integral part of our lifestyle," said Joe Savikataaq, Nunavut's Minister of Community and Government Services.
"The pin set, once fully assembled, makes a carver. This represents a strong part of our culture and the cultural aspects of the Arctic Winter Games."
Team Nunavut's flag bearer this year is Shelby Angalik, a wrestler from Arviat.
The 2016 Arctic Winter Games are being held in Greenland March 6 to 11. Bantam male and junior female hockey competitions will take place in Iqaluit.