Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle
The mission of the Minister”s Culture and Heritage Circle is to provide lasting recognition and gratitude towards those who contribute to the preservation and promotion of cultures and heritage in the Northwest Territories. The Culture and Heritage Circle helps build awareness amongst all northerners about the importance of promoting, protecting, preserving and celebrating our unique culture, heritage and ways of life. Nominations are welcomed throughout the summer and the Circle is appointed once a year in a fall ceremony.
|Youth Category||Youth, 25 years of age and under, who demonstrate a strong commitment to engaging in the arts, cultural learning and cultural practices.|
|Individual Category||Individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to preserving and promoting culture through participation in various arts, culture and heritage-related activities.|
|Elders Category||Elders, 50 years of age and older, respected for their contributions of practicing, promoting, guiding, teaching, leadership, vision, or hands-on participation in the areas of art, culture, heritage and language.|
|Group Category||Any organization, corporation, institution, organizing committee or social club that plays a lead role in developing and supporting activities that celebrate, promote or preserve the arts, culture and heritage.|
- Must be a current resident of the Northwest Territories (except where awarded posthumously)
- Must have made a significant, long-term contribution to the arts, culture and heritage.
- Must be independently motivated by a genuine desire to make a difference.
Annually, one award will be presented per category for recognition in the Minister”s Culture and Heritage Circle. Nominations are accepted from any resident of the Northwest Territories. The successful nominees are selected by a committee comprised of representatives from the Department of Education, Culture and Employment and individuals and representatives from across the NWT arts and cultural community. The Committee will be chaired by ECE”s Deputy Minister.
|Janelle Nitsiza – Youth||René Fumoleau – Individual|
|Camilla Tutcho – Elder||Foster Family Coalition of the NWT – Group|
|Deninu K’ue First Nation – Minister’s Choice Award|
|Justin Memogana of Ulukhaktok – Youth||David Gon of Behchokǫ̀ – Individual|
|Emily Kudlak of Ulukhaktok – Elder||Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute – Group|
|Yellowknife Choral Society – Minister’s Choice Award|
|Doris Taneton of Deline – Youth||Melaw Nakehk’o of Fort Simpson – Individual|
|Lillian Elias of Inuvik – Elder||Tlicho Imbe Program – Group|
|Jean Harry of Sachs Harbour – Minister’s Choice Award|
|Evan Tordiff of Fort Smith – Youth||Ben Nind of Yellowknife – Individual|
|Abel Tingmiak of Inuvik – Elder||Aklavik Delta Drummers and Dancers – Group|
|Chief Jimmy Bruneau School: Trails of Our Ancestors, Behchoko – Minister’s Choice Award|
Nominations for the Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle are invited every summer. You can submit a nomination in either English or French through the following forms:
Please submit the following completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, September 23rd, 2016.
For more information please contact ECE Public Affairs at email@example.com or (867) 767.9352 ext 71031.