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Coverage of the Arctic Winter Games 2018 from Hay River/Fort Smith

Team NT's archery team for the 2019 Canada Winter Games is all set to go following the trials at Sir John Franklin Gymnasium on Saturday. They are, from left, Carson Roche of Archery NT, coach Cynthia White (Fort Smith), Fergus Rutherford-Simon (Fort Smith), Tayla Minute (Fort Smith), Katie Genge, Bailey Johnston and coach Eugene Roche. Photo courtesy of Beth Hudson.

Team NT’s archery squad selected for 2019 Canada Winter Games

A new lineup will grace the walk-on for Team NT at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta., and it will be an historic team at that. For the first time ever, the...

Mackenzie Valley Highway project gets $102M federal investment

The Mackenzie Valley Highway project will see an investment of $102.5-million from the federal government and another $37.5-million from the GNWT, for a total investment of $140-million. “It marks a major milestone towards a long...

Mayor says Hay River can feel proud about successful Arctic Winter Games

Looking back just days after the Arctic Winter Games ended on March 24, Mayor Brad Mapes says Hay River can feel proud of a successful event. "I'm extremely proud of our community, our sister community...

Team NT hits a century at AWG

Team NT won more than 100 ulus at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games and still finished fifth. Guess it was one of those years. Nevertheless, it was still a big year for the territory's athletes as...

AWG economic boost studied

Any group of people – large or small – dropping into the South Slave can only be good for the economy. And when about 2,000 people converge for the Arctic Winter Games, the benefits are...

AWG licence plates attract attention

The most unique and sought-after souvenirs of the South Slave Arctic Winter Games (AWG) might be – perhaps surprisingly – licence plates. But they are not just any old licence plates. They are the iconic NWT...

COLUMN: Tarnishing shine of AWG success

Back on Sept. 4 of 2017, I wrote an opinion piece (It's gotta be the shoes) lamenting my frustrations over dealing with the Government of Nunavut (GN). I had gone through a frustrating three days...

Hay River athletes capture ulus

Many young athletes from Hay River made it to the medal podium at the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games. Sixteen competitors from the host community – along with one from Enterprise – earned an...

International media descend for AWG

There's really no way to know for sure, but the 2018 Arctic Winter Games may have just been one of the biggest media events ever in the South Slave. There were 58 accredited members of...

International president calls AWG a success

Not all opinions of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games carry the same weight. The most important opinion probably rests with Jens Brinch, president of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee, who liked a lot about...

Kivalliq athletes shine at Arctic Winter Games

Another biennial, another big time for the Kivalliq at the Arctic Winter Games. The 2018 edition of the Games wrapped up in Hay River, NWT on March 24 with the closing ceremonies featuring plenty of...

Helping at two Arctic Winter Games, 40 years apart

For some volunteers in Hay River, what might have been considered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer at a hometown Arctic Winter Games has become twice in a lifetime. Rita Kovatch and Paulette Broekaert helped with...

Games come to a close in Hay River

The Arctic Winter Games have come and gone in the South Slave. The closing ceremonies for the 2018 edition of the circumpolar sporting event were held on March 24 in Hay River's brand-new recreation centre,...

AWG igloo loses battle with sun

A multicoloured igloo built in Hay River for the Arctic Winter Games lost its battle with the sun. The igloo, which had become something of instant icon, was taken down by its creator on the...

NWT volleyball drought ends at 2018 AWG

by Dylan Short The Northwest Territories captured its first ulu in men's volleyball in more than a decade at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. The junior mens volleyball team representing the NWT placed second overall at...

Junior girls golden again at AWG

by Dylan Short The NWT is on top once again in women's futsal after the territory won the gold medal final of the junior category at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. Team NT's girls team...

EDITORIAL: Numbers don’t lie

Now that the Arctic Winter Games are over, there will naturally be a time of reflection. Some people will marvel that Hay River and Fort Smith actually managed to do something that might have seemed...

Team NT hits highs at AWG

You had to know that on home soil, Team NT would come ready to be at the top as many times as possible. The team was just that as the 2018 Arctic Winter Games came...

‘You could say he was The Hockey Dad’

by Cody Punter Heading into the semifinals on March 22, the Northwest Territories' Arctic Winter Games female hockey team had their eye on repeating their gold performance from the Games in Nuuk. While defending their title...

NWT claims midget boys hockey gold ulu at AWG

For most of the Northwest Territories midget boys hockey team, this was a chance at redemption from two years ago when they were bantams. They lost the gold ulu game in 2016 but this time,...

NWT wins bantam boys gold in AWG hockey thriller

In his own words, Alex Cordero of the Northwest Territories had a bad bantam boys hockey gold ulu game and probably shouldn't have been on the ice late in the dying seconds. Good thing he...

Team NT keeps the wins coming

It's been a profitable week in the ulu department for Team NT at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games. As of press time, the territory's best and brightest had collected 44 ulus across all sports and...

SPORTS TALK: Not the week I was expecting it to be

I'll be honest – I was expecting the 2018 Arctic Winter Games to be a sideshow of the highest order. So many questions about how things were going to go, how the transportation would happen,...

KFN gets federal funding for Arctic Winter Games

K'atlodeeche First Nation (KFN) on the Hay River Reserve has received federal government funding to help host part of the Arctic Winter Games. On March 16, the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced funding...

AWG Igloo takes beating from sun

A Hay River woman had to battle the elements – specifically unseasonably warm temperatures and sunshine – to preserve an igloo she built as a personal project for the Arctic Winter Games. And as of...

Recreation centre a showcase for community

It was a low-key opening for a building that has been awaited by the community since the summer of 2016, when demolition began on the town's old rec centre. Hay River's new recreation centre opened...

Culture part of games showcase

The Arctic Winter Games is more than sports. It is also an opportunity to promote and share the cultures of the circumpolar world. And the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games is no different. There are many...

Zhanayii Drygeese shatters AWG juvenile girls snow snake record

Zhanayii Drygeese of the Northwest Territories is the new record holder in juvenile girls snow snake thanks to her tremendous toss of 246 feet to win the gold ulu on Tuesday. The old record set...

Nunavut’s Drew Bell breaks one-hand reach record

Nunavut's Drew Bell set a new record in the one-arm reach in front of a packed house at the Fort Smith recreation centre on Monday night. "I don't think it's really set in yet," said...

Let the games begin!

After years of planning, work and anticipation, the 2018 South Slave Arctic Winter Games officially kicked off with flashy opening ceremonies on March 18 in the brand-new recreation centre in Hay River. Athletes from the...