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 participate. 

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 2 & 3, 2018.

The public is invited to watch!

The schedule should be as follows:

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 19, 2018.  Please watch the website or the Facebook page for more information.

Our schools' Aboriginal Student Achievement team would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every person that came out to our 7th Annual Celebration of Community Feast and Drum Dance that was held the evening of April 20, 2017.  Every year this event grows and turns into one of the most joyous evenings of the school year. To see our students and their families come together to celebrate belonging to our Weledeh Community is priceless.

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. 

Once again THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for being a part of our school community. We are already looking forward to next year's celebration.