Similar to Arctic Sports, the Dene Games are greatly intertwined with traditional and cultural values, which focus on demonstrating sportsmanship, a competitive desire to perform to the best of their capabilities and to have fun with their teammates as well as their opponents. These games portray an amazing sense of camaraderie where everyone is helping everyone achieve their utmost potential. The unique Dene Games events include: finger pull, snowsnake, stick pull, hand games and pole push, and an all-round event consisting of the scores for the three individual events.
Dene games competition is held in three age categories classes: open (open) and junior male (born 2000 or later), and junior (born 2000 or later) and juvenile female (born 2002 or later). A team consists of up to sixteen athletes and two coaches from each participating contingent.
In 2018 the Dene Games will be held at the Chief Lamalice Complex in K’atl’odeeche First Nation right across the river from the Town of Hay River.
Note: Sports venues and location are subject to change