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Support for Canadians Heading to the 2014 Arctic Winter Games

March 12, 2014

Government of Canada to support Canadian athletes travelling to
Fairbanks, Alaska, for the Arctic Winter Games

GATINEAU,QC, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ – On behalf of Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of
the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the
Arctic Council, congratulates the Canadian athletes and artists heading
to the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Games, taking
place from March 15 to 22, 2014, feature popular winter sports
alongside traditional Arctic sports and Dene games.

The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, is funding
travel-related costs of athletes from each of the territories to
Fairbanks. This funding will be matched by territorial counterparts and
will result in the participation of more than 1,000 athletes
representing the three territories at these Games.

Quick Facts

        --  The Arctic Winter Games, established in 1970 and held every two
            years, are a northern circumpolar multisport and cultural
            event, featuring participation from Canada (Yukon, Northwest
            Territories, Nunavut, Northern Alberta, and Nunavik-Quebec),
            the United States (Alaska), Greenland, Russia and Scandinavia.
        --  The Arctic Winter Games encourage sport participation, athlete
            development, training of coaches and officials. They promote
            culture and values and encourage community development,
            confidence, and pride.
        --  The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada, provides travel
            funding for the territories sending delegations to the Games
            when they are held outside of Canada. Since 2002, each
            territory has received a contribution of up to $100,000 for
            athlete travel that is matched by the territorial governments.
        --  Canada hosted the previous Arctic Winter Games in Whitehorse,
            Yukon, in 2012.

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to encouraging youth to participate in
sports. I am very excited for the athletes and artists who will be
representing their communities, their regions, and Canada at the Arctic
Winter Games in Fairbanks. Good luck to all our athletes, coaches, and
performers.”

–Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic
Council

“Our Government is pleased to support our athletes going to the Arctic
Winter Games. I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the
Canadian competitors and coaches for their dedication to promoting the
benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a strong culture to their local
community.”

–Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

Associated Links

Sport Canada

2014 Arctic Winter Games (Official Site)

Arctic Winter Games International (Official Site)

SOURCE Canadian Heritage


Source: PR Newswire



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