Coaching Association of Canada

Inuksuk Trail

Stage of Activity 



Cones, Lego, beanbags or other items (e.g. natural items – sticks, leaves) to create mini inuksuit or trail markers.


10 - 20 minutes

Number of People


How it Works

Inukuit (singular = inukshuk) are found throughout the circumpolar world. In Inuit language, inuksuk means “in the likeness of a human”. They were used for many purposes including the marking of migration routes, respecting an ancestor who lived off the land, or to act as directional aids. They acted as a message to travellers that, “You are on the right path.”

Athletes make teams of 2 to 4 people and assigned an area, e.g. half a field.
Each team is given a set of items and told the story of inuksuit. Their task is to create a path for the other teams using their items to mark the way. The path could be circular, oval, zig-zag, or use other shapes.
After 5 min., each team leads all other teams through their paths.

OPTIONAL: Ask teams to lead a different movement skill or core exercise at each inuksuk. These could be sport-specific or general – e.g. 360 degree spin jump, ready position with fast feet, push-ups, and so on.


Teamwork, collaboration, aerobic endurance, warm-up or cool down; fundamental movement skills or core stability (if movement skills added)


Can be one on any surface and include other implements, e.g. dribbling a soccer ball, hockey puck, or basketball; cycling or wheeling; or moving backwards around the whole course.