GN recruiting Arctic Winter Games performers

Games set for Alberta from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4

The Government of Nunavut is seeking applications from young performers to represent Team Nunavut’s cultural contingent at the Arctic Winter Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta. in January. Pictured here is the Qulliq Band performing as part of the cultural contingent at the 2016 Arctic Winter Games in Nuuk, Greenland. (File photo by Steve Ducharme)

By Nunatsiaq News

The Government of Nunavut is seeking young performers to represent Team Nunavut at the upcoming 2023 Arctic Winter Games.

The Arctic Winter Games will be held in Wood Buffalo, Alta., from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. Nunavut, Nunavik, the Northwest Territories and Greenland are among the 10 Arctic regions that will send teams to compete in sports and traditional Arctic games.

It will be the first time the biennial games have been held since 2018, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government’s sport and recreation division is encouraging young performers to apply to join the team’s cultural contingent, said Suleikha Duale, spokesperson for the Department of Community and Government Services, in a news release.

Performers at previous games have included storytellers, drummers, and dancers.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Participants must be born between Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2007;
  • Groups must consist of a minimum of three performers and a maximum of six, along with a manager;
  • Participants must submit a satisfactory criminal record and vulnerable sector check.

Interested performers can email or phone 1-888-765-5506 to request an application form.

The deadline to apply is Oct. 3.

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