Northern Culture

Hand Games

A Regional Youth Traditional Handgames Tournament is hosted by Yellowknife Catholic Schools each year.  Teams representing schools from Yellowknife, Behchoko, Ndilo, Northern Alberta, Fort Providence and Kakisa usually participate.  This year we have had interest from a Yukon team!

Handgames is a sport played by Dene people.  It involves one team hiding objects while other teams try to guess. Sticks are used to keep score.  Drums are used to act similar to the heartbeat of the game with lots of movement to fool other teams.

Traditional games includes Dene and Inuit games such as one foot high kick, stick pull, triple jump and wrist hang. 

This year's tournament will take place February 8 & 9, 2019.

The public is invited to watch!

We anticipate the schedule should be as follows:

(I will update as I learn more)

Opening Ceremony 2:00 pm on Friday.

Handgames will follow opening ceremony.

Traditional games starts at 10:00 am on Saturday. This is facilitated by Aboriginal Sports Circle.

Final games is expected for 7:00 pm (however this time may vary)

Community Feast

Weledeh's next community feast will take place April 17, 2019.  Please watch the website or the Facebook page and the website for more information.

It was a great opportunity to showcase some of the amazing talents that our students possess. From fiddling to drumming and from jigging to singing with the Tlicho choir our students are very proud to share their culture with our community. Our Do Edaezhe students were also very proud to serve the elders and our families their meal, and to be a part of the excitement. It was an amazing celebration of culture and community.