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C1 yukon - hand games

  1. 1. CASE STUDY:C1 Yukon Hand Games Promoting hand games and the culture of Yukon First Nations to people of all ages and abilities. Annual tournament attracts over 30 adult and 25 youth teams. 1
  2. 2. PROGRAM PROFILE Location Yukon Link N/A Setting First Nation communities Project implementation Level TerritorialPhysical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 2
  3. 3. ORGANIZATIONS Lead Organization Yukon Hand Games Society Partners Drummers, Judges, First Nation citizens of the YukonPhysical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 3
  4. 4. PROJECT BEGINNINGS In 1986, the first Yukon Annual Hand Games Tournament was held, modelled after a similar tournament held in the Northwest Territories. Through the sport of hand games, the tournament has been creating community, family and togetherness. Each summer, the previous champions host the 2-3 day long tournament, set up the facilities, recruit personnel, cook meals and distribute trophies. The sport works all the muscles in the body and teaches discipline, sportsmanship and community pride. It engages players on a mental, spiritual, physical and emotional level. Through the popularity of the games, many communities are now learning to organize local games and train players, judges, drummers and drum makers.Physical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 4
  5. 5. CRITICAL FACTORS FOR SUCCESS • The tournament was able to promote the culture and traditions of Yukon First Nation people. • Communities hosted local tournaments all year to train players and promote the sport. • The games were a source of community pride for the organizers and the competitors, with high levels of participation from competitors and spectators. • The communities encourage youth participation from the outset in order to involve young people and keep the sport alive. • Fundraisers at the tournament helped collect some costs such as program manager salaries. • The games were inclusive, allowing teams to recruit members of any gender, age and ability. • There were awards for the youngest, the oldest, the funniest players, the best shooters, the most traditionally dressed and the one with the most sportsmanship.Physical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 5
  6. 6. ADVICE TO OTHER COMMUNITIES • It is important to have a sufficient number of well trained and certified judges to moderate such a complex game • The success of the games depended on the number of volunteers recruited since players were able to focus on the game instead of volunteering • The communities were very pleased with the popularity of drum-making workshopsPhysical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 6
  7. 7. EVALUATION AND IMPACT The impact of the games was indicated by the enthusiasm of players and spectators each year and the requests from others to learn more about it. No formal evaluation was conducted but participation was estimated at over 400 spectators at the annual tournament and up to 300 people at the local tournaments.Physical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 7
  8. 8. RESOURCES AND CONTACTS DENE GAMES An instruction and resource manual, 2nd edition, (2006) Traditional Aboriginal Sport Coaching Resources, Volume One (Yellowknife, NWT: Sport North Federation). Teresa Sidney, Vice President, Yukon Hand Games Society mrsgsidney@hotmail.comPhysical Activity Approaches at the Ground-Level, YUKON, Hand Games 8

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