Council of Yukon First Nations

Welcome to the 2020 Arctic Winter Games (AWG) and to the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’an Council. This is Whitehorse’s seventh opportunity to host the AWG since its debut 50 years ago, when the vision was to bring together athletes from across the circumpolar North to compete and celebrate their Northern cultures.

Today, the AWG boasts nine contingents from five countries. Host communities include some of the world’s most remote and unique communities, including Nunavik, Nuuk, Chugiak, Iqualuit, Hay River, Yellowknife and Whitehorse. Indigenous traditions continue to thrive across the North and the AWG plays an important role in continuing to highlight and revitalize these traditions.

Needless to say, the AWG injects much pride into its host cities and towns. We look forward to sharing with our guests the histories of our ancestors; our recent self-government successes; our breathtaking landscape; our particular brand of snow. And with nearly 2,000 athletes, plus political and cultural delegates, spectators and support crews, host communities can enjoy an influx of spring tourism.

The Arctic Winter Games brings with it many gifts. Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, volunteers, cultural delegates and organizers who work so hard to make it happen.


Photo by Alistair Maitland Photography


Grand Chief Peter Johnston
Council of Yukon First Nation