Snowshoe Making


Call for Babiche Knowledge Holder

The Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT (ASCNWT) is looking to hire an Indigenous Elder from the Northwest Territories to teach Traditional Babiche Making workshop in Yellowknife in the Fall of 2018. ASCNWT would work with this elder pior to the workshop to ensure that the Elder is comfortable in teaching and we have all the equipment required for passing down the Babiche Making knowledge. 

This workshop will happen over the course of a weekend and ASCNWT will organize all travel, accomodations and provide per diems for the Elder. 

If you know an elder in your community that might be interested in teaching, please get them to contact Shawna McLeod for further information at 867-669-8382 or by email at 




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Call for Raw Caribou Hides

The Aboriginal Sports Circle NWT (ASCNWT) is seeking raw caribou hides. These hides will be respected and well taken care of to use for ASCNWT's Babiche Making program in Fall of 2018.

ASCNWT will require 8 hides. In exchange for the hides, the harvestor will recieve a fee of $50.00 per hide. 

Please contact Shawna McLeod at 867-669-8382 or by email at for more information



Snowshoe Making Program 

This program is designed to help keep the culture of snowshoeing and snowshoe making alive. Traditionally our ancestors made snowshoes during the spring, summer and fall, and used them for hunting during the winter. Snowshoes were made for easier mobility helped the hunters stay above the thick and deep snow. The snowshoe making program is a week long, targetting older youth in the communities in the North. It is an opportunity to pass along the knowledge of how to use spruce trees, babiche and moose hide to complete your own pair of traditionally made snowshoes. 


If you would like more information on our Snowshoe Making Program, contact Traditional Games Manager, Shawna McLeod at 867-669-8382 or by email






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Established in 1999, ASCNWT was created through a national consensus-building process in response to the need for more accessible and equitable sport and recreation opportunities for Aboriginal peoples across the Northwest Territories.

We believe that all Aboriginal people in the NWT should have the opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities at a level of involvement they find meaningful and valuable.