There is a pre-qualifying round at the Hearts and the Brier this year, but Nunavut is having none of it.
Nunavut declined invitations to take a stab at the nation's premier curling events.
In the Hearts, it was Yukon, Northwest Territories and Northern Ontario as a brand new entry trying for the final spot in the round-robin.
The three teams dubbed it The Hunger Games of Curling since they were fighting for their tournament lives.
Northern Ontario's Tracy Horgan won the spot.
For the Brier, teams in pre-qualifying are Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Yukon.
But why the cold shoulder from Canada's territory that stretches the farthest north?
The association has already participated in the Travelers club championships, juniors, mixed and will be at seniors.
In the case of the Brier and Hearts, the athletes wanted more time, said association president Peter Mackey.
"They don't feel prepared to go down this year," Mackey said by phone from Iqaluit, the territory's capital. "They wanted (another) year to prepare, wanted some high performance coaching and get some practice time in."
It's an incredible challenge for Nunavut to try and reach a competitive level but the association is working toward that goal.
It's a remote location and there is a lack of depth of curling talent due to low and transient population.
"We are in the process of developing a five-year strategic plan for curling in Nunavut," said Mackey. The association is working with the territory government's sports and recreation department to secure funding.
Coaches are needed.
"We have no certified coaches," Mackey said.
Equipment is needed. The equipment at the Iqaluit club is old. Learning to make better "artificial ice" is another goal.
"Right now, outside it's minus 54," Mackey said. "That's great, but if you go into (our) curling rink, you almost have to throw the rock down the rink, you're not going to get it to slide nicely as you would on artificial ice down south."
He added that you would be lucky to have "a foot of curl."
Iqaluit is the largest club with 30 or 40 active curlers. The next closest club (Qavic Curling Club) is in Rankin Inlet, a two-hour flight to the west. To travel to Rankin to compete in a bonspiel would cost around $2,500 per curler, Mackey said. That covers flight and accommodations.
The curling club in Cambridge Bay (Ovayok Curling Club) is pretty small, said Mackey. It hasn't participated in territorial playdowns yet. It's a four-hour flight northwest from Iqaluit.
There is likely a little more than a 100 curlers in this territory that's about 1.8 million square kilometres in size. To compare, Ontario is under one million square kilometres. Waterloo Region and Guelph boast more than 2,000 curlers in a conservative estimate.
Is it reasonable for the Nunavut association to be even vying for a spot at our national championships?
"We think it is," Mackey said. "It is something that we wanted and we've had teams compete at the national level already. We just need to be a bit more prepared and we will certainly field a team for all CCA national events next year."
Mackey has played in the national mixed. Sitting down with one of the teams, he was asked how many games his mixed team had played together. It was three. His opponents had played 58.
Playing more is another goal.