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About the Games

From January 29-February 4, Wood Buffalo will welcome approximately 2,100 participants, coaches, mission staff and officials from eight contingents for the 2023 Arctic Winter Games (AWG). The AWG are a high-profile Circumpolar sport competition for northern and arctic athletes. 

While Indigenous peoples can thrive in mainstream sports, they also want to participate in activities that are directly related to their cultures. Inuit and Dene activities in the Arctic Winter Games help enable the youth to practice the traditional values and customs of their elders.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was awarded the opportunity to host the Arctic Winter Games. This announcement came on February 6, 2019 from the Arctic Winter Games International Committee’s President, Mr. John Flynn. 

The Host Society was later subsequently incorporated under the name of Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games Host Society. With a unique blend of skills, connections and experience, the Host Society is well-suited to the needs required to fulfill the mandate of the Arctic Winter Games International Committee. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: 


What sports will be included in the 2023 AWG’s?

All sports being played at the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games can be found on our sports page

What age groups can compete at the 2023 Arctic Winter Games?


Which contingents will be participating at the Arctic Winter Games?

Eight contingents will be competing at the Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games, including Alaska, Alberta North, Greenland, Northwest Territories, Nunavik-Quebec, Nunavut, Sapmi (Finland, Norway and Sweden), and Yukon. Learn more by visiting our Teams page






(Fort McMurray, AB – June 21, 2021) – Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society recognizes this day with the launch of its official Land Acknowledgement video.

“In 2020, the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games Host Society developed a Land Acknowledgement to be read at the beginning of meetings and events as an act of reconciliation and to honour the traditional land we are located on,” said Melissa Blake, Chair of the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games Board of Directors. “The official Land Acknowledgement video expands that use digitally while showcasing the beauty of our region.”

Before the creation of the video, the written Land Acknowledgement was developed in consultation with regional Elders who continue to support the traditional guidance of the Games.

“The Host Society would like to recognize all those involved in the development of the Land Acknowledgement and the creation of the official video,” said Blake. “This project was a truly collaborative effort from Elders, partners, stakeholders, volunteers and staff, creating this important visual representation of the land we honour each day.”

The Arctic Winter Games’ Elder in Residence, Alice Martin, shared her knowledge and was the lead collaborator on the development of Land Acknowledgement. Elder Alice Martin believes acknowledging and honouring the traditional lands is a great act of reconciliation, that it helps to set the tone for meetings and gatherings and shows good intentions of inclusivity to Indigenous groups within the Wood Buffalo region.

“I am reminded of where I come from, with all the gifts our people were given,” said Elder Alice Martin. “This gives me great pride and that deep understanding to see and work with those who have the courage to apply these teachings and gifts in their daily lives in a kind and respectful way.” The Land Acknowledgement video was created with the support of sponsors Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo Economic Development and Tourism and Bouchier.

View the Wood Buffalo Arctic Winter Games’ Land Acknowledgement video online at or by visiting

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