Junior Games to bring northern communities together

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In a celebration of arts, culture and athletics, Charlebois Community School in Cumberland House will host the 2014 Junior Games from Feb. 9-14.

Backed by the Northern Lights School Division, the Games are a unique combination of events with the goal of “promoting group and individual experiences in fine arts, culture and athletic undertakings throughout Northern Saskatchewan,” according the Game’s mandate. 

“Creating and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices is essentially what it all boils down to,” Games director Aaron Fosseneuve said of the event that is expecting more than 400 participants from 10 different northern communities throughout the province. 

While typical athletic events such as basketball, curling and volleyball are scheduled, the Games are unique in that they have added fine arts and cultural elements with events ranging from visual arts to drama competitions. 

The visual arts event for example, will task community teams with creating a cultural mural on a plywood canvas. 

“If anything, we are highlighting the arts and cultural aspect,” Fosseneuve said, expressing the Games are not just about sports. “When people leave the Junior Games, our hope is that the will leave saying ‘people in Cumberland are proud people’.”

The Games will also showcase a series of cultural events, highlighting northern culture such as archery, snowshoeing and trapping.

Fosseneuve added that the decision to add non-athletic events to the Games, was driven by a desire to get all students involved.

“Not every student is an athlete,” he explained. “In terms of arts and cultural events, they are just as esteemed for these games as the athletics.”

Fosseneuve reiterated the game’s vision, which is to promote student development in academics and citizenship while engaging them in northern culture. 

“The biggest thing we are trying to do is build on student success which will filter into their lives in the future,” he said. “We want to build on self-esteem, sense of direction while building on student pride which can filter into all areas of their lives, in school and out.”

The Junior Games kick off with opening ceremonies on Feb. 9 at Charlebois Community School. More information about the games can be found on the school’s website at www.charlesboiscommunityschool.com

Cumberland House is located 309 km northwest of Prince Albert, close to The Pas.

2014 Junior Games Participating Communities

  • Bueaval
  • Buffalo Narrows
  • Cumberland House
  • Small Schools West (Green Lake St. George’s Hill, Jans Bay, Cole Bay)
  • La Loche
  • La Ronge
  • North East Wildfie (Gordon Denny, Timber Bay, Weyakwin, Brabant Lake, Stony Rapids, Uranium City)
  • Pinehous Lake
  • Sandy Bay

Events

Fine Arts

  • Visual Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Contemporary Dance 

Athletics

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Curling
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Table Tennis

Cultural

  • Archery
  • Crafts
  • Jigging and Square Dancing
  • Trapping
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow Blast Relay

 

Organizations: Cumberland House, Charlebois Community School, Northern Lights School Division Fine Arts

Geographic location: Northern Saskatchewan, Cumberland, Prince Albert Buffalo Narrows Jans Bay Cole Bay La Loche La Ronge North East Weyakwin Brabant Lake Stony Rapids Uranium City Sandy Bay

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