Its time to get out there and enjoy the last busy days of winter with some fun and games at the local winter carnivals. There are lots of activities, indoors and outdoors, to partake in. Below is a listing of dates at the time of press for each community. Activities will be posted in the community or you can call the contact people for any questions you have. So git on out there and have yerself a rowdy good ole time!

Eastmain: March 15-21 : cultural skills competition, outdoors events such as snowshoeing and tea boiling, indoors tournaments. For more info call George B. Cheezoo @ 977-3080

Mistissini: March 18-22: for more info call Jean Baptiste Loon @ 923-3461, ext: 322 Nemaska: info call Jim Blackned @ 673-2512

OJ: weekends of March 6-7, 13-14: with activities including skidoo races and snow shoe races; followed by the “First Snow Shoe” ceremony on March 15th, to coincide with the return of the Wellness Journey walkers. For more info, you can call Rosie, Glen or Anna @ 745-3911 Waskaganish: for info call Hugo Cowboy @ 895-2882 Waswanipi: March 22-28: ski-do races. Culture games (fastest bucksaw, portage, target shooting) regular games (relay skating, snowshoe baseball) and snowshoe races. For more info call the Recreation Department @ 753-2450

Wemindji: the winter carnival got underway the weekend of February 21 -22 with a fireman’s brunch. The activities will be held on the weekends to encourage and accommodate as many participants as possible. Other events planned include a broomball tournament, snow sculpturing, and an ice fishing tournament, which is already underway and goes on until March. For activities and dates, call Sam Gilpin @ 978-0264

Whapmagoostui: March 14-27: with traditional winter carnival activities. For more info contact Elizabeth or Robbie Dick @ 929-3384