Teams all over the territory travelled to William Macdonald Elementary in Yellowknife for the competition, from Aklavik, to Fort Providence to Colville Lake, a number of different communities were represented.
Standings were determined by combining the scores of participants from each school and awarding points in descending order from first to eighth.
Tsiigetchic’s Chief Paul Niditchie school of under forty students finished second place overall, and one of their competitors Austin already has his eyes on the prize for next year, saying his goal is to “kick higher and be better” in the one foot high kick event.
Weledeh Catholic school in Yellowknife finished first, while Fort Providence’s Deninu finished in third.
Events Manager Beth Hudson worked on her first Traditional Games this year, and thinks it went well because everyone seemed to be having fun.
“I work with a fantastic team at the Aboriginal Sports Circle and it’s been a really great event to plan and put together and I’m glad it came together smoothly, and it seems like everyone had a great time so that’s the main goal.”
And this was confirmed by students at Lutsel K’e Dene school, who could only manage to tell reporter Owen Fullerton that the weekend was a lot of fun.
Some athletes and officials from the weekend’s games will be headed to Fort Smith for the arctic sports portion of the Arctic Winter Games.
Full final standings
1st. Weledeh Catholic School, Yellowknife: 46
2nd. Chief Paul Niditchie, Tsiigetchic: 36
3rd. Deninu School, Fort Resolution: 34
T-4th. East Three School, Inuvik: 25
T-4th. William MacDonald, Yellowknife: 25
T-6th. Lutsel K’e Dene, Lutsel K’e: 17
T-6th. Deh Gah, Fort Providence: 17
8th. Mildred Hall, Yellowknife: 15
T-9th. Colville Lake, Colville Lake: 9
T-9th. Bompass, Fort Simpson: 9
T-11th. Chief Julius, Fort McPherson: 8
T-11th: Moose Kerr, Aklavik: 8
13th. Chief T’Selehye, Fort Good Hope: 7
14. Mangilaluk, Tuktoyaktuk: 4
15 Chief Sunrise, K’atlodeeche FN: 2