Ancestors’ Challenge


In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FNEC hat to cancel the 13th Inter-school Games, which has inevitably created a void in the school and sports life of the young people who participate in large numbers each year.

In 2021, the FNEC decided to replace the Games with a brand new concept with the aim of rekindling the sporting flame of First Nations youth while limiting the risk of contagion to COVID-19 as much as possible: a race of 12 obstacles called the Ancestors’ Challenge.

This obstacle race can be set up in all the communities that wish to participate in the challenge. In order to allow young people to measure themselves against each other, the course is standardized, that is to say perfectly reproducible from one community to another. Thus, regardless of where the obstacle course is deployed, the results obtained by the participants can be compiled using a computerized system.

Between May and October 2021, the FNEC visited 20 communities, totalling the participation of more than 4,000 young people aged 4 to 19.

In 2024, the FNEC decided to no longer offer the Ancestors’ Challenge in its member
communities and concentrate its efforts on the Inter-School Games.

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