Keeping the Tradition Alive: Northern Games


French Immersion, School-level initiative, Cultural Activities, Vancouver Island Region, 2017-2018


Traditional Northern Games originate from the time when the Inuvialuit were still semi-nomadic. Played for both fun and survival, these games developed strength, endurance, and resistance to pain, testing the people and preparing them for the hard life on the land. Today, the annual Northern Games keeps the traditions of celebration, gathering, and sharing alive. Requiring only a small area to be played at Ecole Hammond Bay in Nanaimo, these games were taught in French to the students. All vocabulary, history and context were delivered to the students in French. Lessons spanned to all classrooms as well.


This was a very successful venture for École Hammond Bay. On a Pro-D day, they invited other French Immersion teachers to come to their school to learn more about delivering this excellent program en français. All 4 French Immersion schools in 2018/2019 will compete in the Northern Games vs. one another.


  • Name: Mike Lundine
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  • School district: #68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith