IRC Chair and CEO on Postponement of Northern Games 50 Year Anniversary to 2021

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) along with the Northern Games Society regrets that events scheduled to be held in Tuktoyaktuk and Inuvik and to include Regional and Circumpolar participation in July have needed to be postponed until 2021 due to recommended precautions from Chief Public Health officials and the World Health Organization during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“The 50 year Northern Games events schedule offered a week of traditional Inuit skills and was intended to showcase games, contests of endurance and strength, offer feasts of country foods and include many of our drum dancers from the Region” IRC Chair and Chief Executive Officer Duane Smith regrettably informs the public of postponement, “While the Region will now host the event in 2021, such an ambitious celebration requires a great deal of long-term planning and fundraising effort to host properly and youth have been busy practicing for this event.  Koana Quyanainni, Quyanaqpak for all your continual hard work.

IRC looks forward to supporting the organization of the 50 Year Anniversary of Northern Games in order to honour those Inuvialuit who have always gathered for such large and celebratory events. We now anticipate a 2021 50 Year Anniversary of Northern Games focused on sharing culture- including elders mentoring youth and with the contribution of many needed volunteers, collaboration between communities and welcoming of guests to the Region.  This summer we must focus on sharing cultural practices on the land with immediate family.  I wish Inuvialuit continual good mental and physical health and anticipate a high-level of competition in 2021.

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