physical activity through traditional inuit games
The facilitator, Dion Metcalfe, will demonstrate, teach, and play traditional Inuit games with participants. Games may include the different high kicks, leg wrestle, back push, seal hop, walrus walk, raven race, and so many more. The games are fun, engaging, and can be done with any age group. Being nomadic, and living in such a harsh environment, Inuit developed games that were fun and also engaged every muscle in the body. The games help to develop stamina, flexibility, agility, and skills that helped with hunting and survival. Participants should dress in appropriate gym clothes, and should expect to leave tired and sweaty. They will leave with a newfound respect for the physical attributes that it took to survive in the tundra.
Dion Metcalfe is a life long urban Inuk. Born in St. John’s, NFLD, raised in Ottawa, ON. Dion has been teaching and demonstrating Inuit games all across Ottawa and its surrounding areas for over 8 years. For the last two years, he has been doing presentations for the school boards in Ottawa, and the games are his favourite one to do. For his work in the Ottawa Inuit Community, Dion has received two awards – Man of the Village is 2007, and a United Way Community Builder Award in 2010.