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Arctic Winter Games Introduction
First staged in 1970, the Arctic Winter Games are a biennial multi-sport event that celebrates and promotes northern sport and culture in Canada. Events are open to competitors from circumpolar regions of the world located north of the 55th parallel. Originating in Canada, competition has grown increasingly international and festivities staged alongside athletic events encourage cultural exchange between visitors and host communities. While including popular mainstream sports, many athletic competitions are also unique to the Arctic Winter Games. These include distinctly northern events like dog sledding, as well as a large number of aboriginal sports reflecting the enduring athletic traditions of Inuit peoples and the Dene Nation. Developing competitive opportunities in northern communities that often lack sport infrastructure comparable to southern regions, the Arctic Winter Games inspire and empower northern athletes to fulfill their potential while celebrating their vibrant cultural identities in Canada and around the world.