2024 Indigenous Summer Games

June 28 - July 1, 2024

Yellowknife, NT


To view 2022 Indigenous Summer Games Results CLICK HERE

Northern and Dene Games in the Northwest Territories are making a comeback. Many young children and youth are reclaiming these games as a part of their indigenous identity, as a part of their story and journey. For a lot of the youth in the communities, they are able to connect with the stories because they come from the land, they were played by their ancestors and give them a sense of cultural pride.

The Indigenous Summer Games (ISG) will be a competition, but is also a celebration of traditional games, Indigenous Peoples and their culture. The ISG were established to increase participation and awareness of Northern and Dene Games. It will allow anyone the opportunity to participate in Northern and Dene Games that have grown past the Traditional Games Championship age or were unable to attend the Arctic Winter Games.

Indigenous Summer Games Information

To view technical package CLICK HERE

Where: Yellowknife, NT
Venue: École St. Patrick High School, 5010 44th Street
When: June 28 - July 1, 2024

All NWT residents and non-NWT residents will be eligible to participate.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous athletes are invited to participate.


Open Male - 18 and Older
Open Female - 18 and Older
Junior Male - Age 13 - 17
Junior Female - Age 13 - 17

Schedule of events to be released


Early Bird Registration
Cost: $25.00
Deadline: June 1, 2024

Regular Registration
Cost: $50.00
Deadline: June 24, 2024


  1. Increase the number of participation in the NWT for Northern and Dene Games.
  2. Support athletes with an interest in Northern and Dene Games and who wish to pursue these games at a higher level.
  3. Involve all NWT communities in making the ISG accessible.
  4. Allow non-NWT residents to partake in ISG and grow the games further.
  5. Develop and maintain Indigenous culture as well as social components of the Northern and Dene Games.
  6. Give more opportunity to those who wish to further their skill/knowledge in Northern and Dene Games
  7. To highlight a variety of Indigenous cultures throughout the NWT


Northern games

One Foot High Kick
Two Foot High Kick
Alaskan High Kick
Swing Kick
One Hand Reach
Knuckle Hop
Kneel Jump
Triple Jump

Dene Games

Stick Pull
Finger Pull
Leg Wrestling
Individual Pole Push
Bow and Arrow
Ring Toss
Tea Boiling
Fish Cutting
Axe Throwing

All Around Athlete

  • To be eligible for consideration in the All Around event, athletes in:
    • Junior Male & Female and Open Female must enter in a minimum of seven (7) events
    • Open Male must enter a minimum of ten (10) events
  • Athletes are able to join both Northern and/or Dene Games.
  • Points will be awarded to the top five (5) positions in each event

1st - 10 points
2nd - 7 Points
3rd - 5 Points
4th - 3 Points
5th - 1 Point

Please contact Carson Roche for information

Carson Roche
Events Manager
867 669 8385





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