Department of Community Services

Sport & Recreation

Major Games

Major Games are multi-sport competitions such as Arctic Winter Games that are held on a regular basis. The Sport and Recreation branch provides funding for Team Yukon's participation in all Major Games.

Arctic Winter Games (AWG)

The Arctic Winter Games (AWG) are a multi-sport competition and cultural celebration held every two years and includes participants from N.W.T., Nunavut, Alaska, Northern Alberta, Russia, Greenland, Scandinavia, and Yukon. The AWG have been held in Whitehorse in 1972, 1980, 1986, 1992, 2000, and 2012. The next AWG will be held in Hay River and Fort Smith, Northwest Territories in March 2018.

Canada Games

The Canada Winter Games (CWG) and Canada Summer Games (CSG) operate on a four-year cycle, with a Canada Games being held every two years, alternating between summer and winter sports. The next CSG will be held August 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The next CWG will be held in February 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta.          

Western Canada Summer Games (WCSG)

The Western Canada Summer Games are held every four years, with teams from all three territories and the four western-most provinces. The next WCSG will be hosted in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in August 2019.

North American Indigenous Games (NAIG)

The North American Indigenous Games are held every three years and involve participants of First Nations ancestry in a variety of traditional and non-traditional sporting activities. NAIG includes participants from Canada and the United States. Yukon First Nations people are eligible to participate in the Yukon trials for this event. 

Canada 55+ Games

The Canada 55+ Games are held every two years and includes sports and activities such as badminton, bowling, cribbage, curling, horseshoes, slo-pitch, and swimming. Participants at these Games are adults 55 years and older. The next Canada 55+ Games will take place in Saint John, New Brunswick in August 2018. 

Special Olympics

The Special Olympic Canada Games take place every two years, alternating between summer and winter sports. The next Special Olympic Canada Summer Games will take place in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 2018.