Dene Games

Dene Games

Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre


  • Alaska
  • Alberta North
  • Greenland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavik-Quebec
  • Nunavut
  • Yukon

Similar to Arctic Sports, the Dene Games are greatly intertwined with traditional and cultural values, which focus on demonstrating sportsmanship, a competitive desire to perform to the best of their capabilities, and to have fun with their teammates as well as their opponents. These games portray an amazing sense of camaraderie where everyone is helping everyone achieve their utmost potential.

The unique Dene Games events include: finger pull, snowsnake, stick pull, hand games (team) and pole push (team). There is also an all-round event, with Ulus awarded based on top combined scores for the three individual events.

Dene games competition is held in four age/sex classes: Open and Junior Male, and Junior and Juvenile Female. A team consists of up to sixteen athletes and two coaches from each participating contingent.