MARCH 15-21, 2020
Be the “U” in Volunteer!
The 2020 Arctic Winter Games would not be possible without help from volunteers! We invite you to bring your enthusiasm, skills and hospitality to help create a memorable event.
Bring It North!
The Whitehorse 2020 Arctic Winter Games offers participants, spectators, sponsors and volunteers alike the opportunity to expand their physical capacity, build meaningful relationships, experience life-changing moments, and highlight the North’s unique qualities.
Cheer on Your Favourite Team!
Team Alaska cultivates and celebrates sport, social exchange and culture. Team Alaska strengthens Alaska’s communities by providing young athletes with the opportunity to compete in friendly competition while sharing cultural values from northern regions around the world.
Alberta North joined the Arctic Winter Games in 1986, and hosted for the first time in 1994 in Slave Lake. The fourth largest of Canada’s provinces, Alberta is the southernmost participant in the Games.
Greenland has been participating in the Arctic Winter Games since 1990. In 2002, Greenland hosted the Games for the first time in Nuuk, and they last hosted the Games in 2016. Greenland is the most northerly of the jurisdictions involved in the Arctic Winter Games.
The Northwest Territories (NWT) was the first team to host the Arctic Winter Games in 1970 in Yellowknife, and was the last team to host the Arctic Winter Games in 2018.
Nunavik-Quebec, also known as Arctic Quebec, participated in the Arctic Winter Games in 1972, 1974, 1976 and 1986. Participation resumed again in 2000 until today. Nunavik is the region of Quebec located above the 55th parallel.
Prior to 2002, Nunavut participated in every Arctic Winter Games as part of Team NWT. Since that time, it has become a permanent member in its own right. Also noteworthy for 2002 was the first time Nunavut hosted the Games in Iqaluit, along with co-host Nuuk, Greenland.
The Sami are indigenous peoples of northern Scandinavia, representing around 100,000 people. The Sami people spread out across four countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The Sami speak as many as nine distinct dialects, only one of which is spoken in all Scandinavian countries.
Yamal made its first official appearance at the Arctic Winter Games in 2004, when 37 members of the team competed in table tennis, traditional winter sports, Inuit sport events, and cultural activities.
21 Different Sporting Events
The 2020 Arctic Winter Games is comprised of 21 sports, in four categories: Traditional Sports, Nordic Sports, Indoor Sports and Ice Sports.