Government of Canada to support Canadian athletes travelling to
Fairbanks, Alaska, for the Arctic Winter Games
GATINEAU,QC, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - On behalf of Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of
the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the
Arctic Council, congratulates the Canadian athletes and artists heading
to the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Games, taking
place from March 15 to 22, 2014, feature popular winter sports
alongside traditional Arctic sports and Dene games.
The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, is funding
travel-related costs of athletes from each of the territories to
Fairbanks. This funding will be matched by territorial counterparts and
will result in the participation of more than 1,000 athletes
representing the three territories at these Games.
The Arctic Winter Games, established in 1970 and held every two years,
are a northern circumpolar multisport and cultural event, featuring
participation from Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut,
Northern Alberta, and Nunavik-Quebec), the United States (Alaska),
Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia.
The Arctic Winter Games encourage sport participation, athlete
development, training of coaches and officials. They promote culture
and values and encourage community development, confidence, and pride.
The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, provides travel funding
for the territories sending delegations to the Games when they are held
outside of Canada. Since 2002, each territory has received a
contribution of up to $100,000 for athlete travel that is matched by
the territorial governments.
Canada hosted the previous Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse, Yukon, in
"Our Government is committed to encouraging youth to participate in
sports. I am very excited for the athletes and artists who will be
representing their communities, their regions, and Canada at the Arctic
Winter Games in Fairbanks. Good luck to all our athletes, coaches, and
—Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic
"Our Government is pleased to support our athletes going to the Arctic
Winter Games. I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the
Canadian competitors and coaches for their dedication to promoting the
benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a strong culture to their local
—Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)
2014 Arctic Winter Games (Official Site)
Arctic Winter Games International (Official Site)
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)