Arctic Winter Games
The Arctic Winter Games (AWG) are a high-profile, international sport competition for Northern athletes. They are the world’s largest northern multi-sport and cultural event. The AWG provide an opportunity to strengthen sport development in the participants’ jurisdictions, to promote the benefits of sport, to build partnerships, and to promote culture and values.
There are nine circumpolar regions that send teams to compete at the AWG: Alaska, Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Alberta North, Nunavut, Greenland, Yamal (Russia), Nunavik (Québec) and Sapmi (Scandinavia). Special emphasis is given to the sports from each circumpolar region, such as Arctic Sports and Dene Games. These sports make the AWG a unique gathering; this is the only international sporting forum that officially recognizes these heritage sports.
Since the region’s return to the biennial AWG as a guest contingent in 2000 at Whitehorse, Yukon, Team Nunavik–Québec has been growing stronger and stronger, both in terms of athletic performance as well as organization. To help prepare athletes and give them something to work towards, the Recreation Department organizes local, coastal and regional competitions during the two-year period between each AWG. Athletes that become part of Team Nunavik–Québec are selected based on athletic performance, good sportsmanship and leadership qualities.
The ministère de l’Éducation, et de l’Enseignement supérieur (education and higher education), the Kativik School Board, the Makivik Corporation and Air Inuit are important partners. Team Nunavik–Québec also receives sponsorship from other regional organizations and businesses.