Here’s a list of what’s cancelled or postponed across the Canadian North

Governments and organizations are taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This sign is posted at the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly. (Sara Minogue/CBC)
On the advice of health officials, numerous events planned for the coming weeks in all three territories are being cancelled or postponed.

Governments and organizations are taking precautions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, as there are still no confirmed cases in the territories.

CBC will keep an updated list of the latest with major gatherings across Nunavut, N.W.T., Yukon, and northern Quebec.

Here’s what’s been cancelled or postponed so far.


The Terence Tootoo Memorial tournament has been postponed until November. The tournament was expected to attract more teams this year with the opening of Rankin Inlet’s new arena, which has more space and seating.

The big raffle associated with the tournament will also be postponed until November, unless all tickets are sold before then. Despite the postponement, the 2021 tournament will still be held in March.

Baffinland’s Mary River mine technical hearings will go ahead, but not in-person. Instead the hearings will be conducted via teleconference. The Nunavut Impact Review Board has said the hearings could still start on Monday, but may have to be delayed.

Nunavut Mining Symposium has been cancelled.

Northwest Territories

The Canadian North Rec Hockey Tournament scheduled to take place April 9 – 12 was cancelled on Thursday evening by organizers, on recommendations from Hockey Canada. All teams will receive refunds, they wrote on their website.

The Dene Nation Education Summit originally scheduled for next week in Hay River has been postponed. A new date has not been announced.

Tours of the Legislative Assembly have been cancelled for the time being, according to a sign posted on the building.

Behchokǫ̀ Youth Handgame Tournament scheduled for March 28 and 29 has been postponed until further notice.

The Tłı̨chǫ youth conference scheduled for March 19 to 22 has been postponed.

All tours of the N.W.T. Legislative Assembly have been cancelled for the time being. (Sara Minogue/CBC)

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations have postponed the Special General Assembly and Elders Senate, scheduled for this month, with no new date announced. Smaller community events will continue to go ahead at this time.

The Arctic Winter Games have been cancelled. They were scheduled to happen in Whitehorse, Mar. 15 to 21.

The Yukon Party will postpone its leadership event scheduled for March 21.

The Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay has postponed registration for its event.

Northern Quebec

The Kuukuminuuwich (Grandmothers) 4th Annual Gathering, scheduled to start Thursday in Nemaska, Que., has been postponed by the Cree Women of Eeyou Istchee Association.

What’s going ahead

All events, programs and services run by the City of Yellowknife are going ahead. However, the city suggests that residents access the city’s e-services and engage in social distancing — the practice of avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining a distance of at least two metres from others.

Residents can call 867-920-5600 to make payments with credit card or use the after-hours drop box at City Hall to pay by cheque.

The Long John Jamboree scheduled for late March in Yellowknife, is set to go ahead with additional heath precautions, N.W.T. Chief Public Health Officer Kami Kandola said Wednesday at a press conference.

Polar Pond Hockey tournament in Hay River, N.W.T., starting Friday is scheduled to proceed. Organizers posted to Facebook that extra sanitizers will be available in the pavilion​​​​​​, and are asking participants to avoid shaking hands or high fives at the end of a game. The event’s gala has been limited to 250 attendees.

Folk on the Rocks posted on its Instagram account Thursday that it is still planning to go ahead for its Yellowknife music festival, scheduled for July, but will monitor the situation.

The Yukon Legislative Assembly was scheduled to recess next week during the Arctic Winter Games, but MLAs will now be sitting through the week.

Related stories from around the North:

Arctic: Roundup of COVID-19 responses around the Arctic, Eye on the Arctic

Canada: Arctic Canada: Yukon tourism operators brace for impact of COVID-19 this summer, CBC News

Finland: Finland’s first coronavirus case confirmed in Lapland, Yle News

Greenland: COVID-19: Arctic science expedition postpones flight campaign after trainee tests positive for virus, Eye on the Arctic

Norway: Norway cancels NATO Arctic military exercise due to coronavirus outbreak, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Coronavirus: Russia hints it might close its border with Norway, Finland, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Concern over coronavirus outbreak impacts tourism in northern Europe and Arctic Russia, The Independent Barents Observer

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