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Toronto Catholic District School Board

The Northern Spirit Games 

Since 2002, over 23,000 students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 have participated in these annual athletic, cultural and spiritual celebrations that take place at a number of Toronto Catholic District School Board sites. Students are taught ten indoor and outdoor activities based on traditional First Nations, Métis and Inuit games, which focus on physical strength, agility and endurance. Each day’s activities are run by trained secondary student leaders from the hosting school.


The Northern Spirit Games emphasize team work and introduce students to sports and activities still alive in northern communities, such as snow shoeing, rope skipping, and spear throw. The opening ceremonies are based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and honour the gifts of Mother Earth, reminding students of their sacred connection to nature. Métis guest presenters will engage students with storytelling, music and cultural teachings, both before and after the athletic events.


The Games are part of the Board’s larger First Nations, Métis and Inuit initiatives, including curriculum development, teacher workshops and twinning with Northern communities.  The Games (formerly called the Arctic Games) arose from the Twinning Initiative which was established by former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable James K. Bartleman.


This year, there are four sites hosting games from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for students across the TCDSB:


February 20, 2018                                        February 21, 2018                                               

Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton             St. Patrick Catholic Secondary School
Catholic Secondary School                        49 Felstead Avenue, Toronto                             
1515 Bloor St. W, Toronto                                  


February 22, 2018                                         February 23, 2018

Dante Alighieri Academy,                            Monsignor Percy Johnson CSS

Beatrice Campus,                                         2170 Kipling Avenue, Etobicoke

50 Ameer Avenue, North York                          


Each site will host 300 students (Grades 4, 5, and 6) from 10 elementary schools. 

On Tuesday, February 20th students were hosted at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School for the first date of the 13th Annual Northern Spirit Games.
Students from St. Kateri performed the opening ceremonies, which were based on the teachings of the Medicine Wheel and honour the gifts of Mother Earth, reminding students of their sacred connection to nature.


Check out highlights from the games below:

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