City to place bid for 2022 Arctic Winter Games

By Justine Kelsie
October 10, 2018 - 5:20am

After eyeballing the idea for a while, the city has decided to put in a bid for the 2022 Arctic Winter Games. 

City council decided on Tuesday night to place a bid for the event with funding from the 2010 Arctic Winter Games Legacy Fund. 

Councillor Kevin O'Toole says it will draw an economic and cultural impact if the city is able to be part of the games again. 

"I think it was a success last time. I think the restaurants will do well even though the food is provided to most of the athletes, coaches and staff. We look at their culture as different. They look at our culture as different," says O'Toole.

Coaches and athletes will travel from northern Canada and as from as far away as Greenland to participate in circumpolar sports and aboriginal culture. 

Mayor Bill Given says the city will be reaching out to other municiaplities in the region to see if there is interest in a joint bid. 

Federal funding is provided in some capacity for the event but the city would have to provide some sort of support. The hope is that the community would come on board to support the event.

O'Toole says he was a part of the event in the past and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

"My son, way back in the day, was involved in the Arctic Winter sports. He travelled from Guelph to Greenland, from Yellowknife to Whitehorse. He had a great time doing it," he says. 

He adds that it is important for the community to recognized internationally. 

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