Yellowknife (Friday, May 21, 2010) – The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) has opened a new exhibition: Fragments, a collection of bronze sculptures by Yellowknife-born artist Blake Ward. Fragments is a compilation of powerful pieces dedicated to raising awareness and contributing to the solution of the landmine crisis in developing countries. Designed to show the impact of landmines on the human form, the classically-inspired pieces will be on display from May 17th to September 5th.“Our museums play an important role not just in educating NWT residents about our own past and heritage, but in providing a chance to learn about global culture – and global problems,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “This campaign helps raise awareness of a serious problem that continues to affect people worldwide, and I’m proud that we can provide a venue for it in the Northwest Territories.”
The campaign has toured globally since its creation, including extending stays in New York and the United Kingdom. Proceeds collected from previous Fragments exhibitions have gone towards clearing minefields in Vietnam and Afghanistan. They also assisted in removing cluster bombs in Kosovo, mapped out minefields across Angola, and provided mine-risk education to children who live in countries contaminated by minefields.
Students from across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut will come together from May 14th to 16th to share their projects at this year’s Territorial Showcase of the Heritage Fair, to be held at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre in Yellowknife, NWT. The annual event is a chance for students to promote and celebrate their culture and heritage.This year, over 1000 students participated in Heritage Fairs at their local community level to earn a spot at the Territorial Showcase. 30 projects were chosen to take part in the Showcase representing the regions of the Beaufort Delta, Sahtu, Tlicho, Yellowknife District #1, Deh Cho and Nunavut.
“The Heritage Fair is an opportunity for students to share and discover the rich heritage we have in the Northwest Territories,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “I’m always impressed by the creativity and effort of our students, and I look forward to seeing the exhibits that have been created this year.”
The goal of the Heritage Fairs program is to encourage students to explore the history and culture of their families and communities. The program allows students to pursue original research on a story or topic of interest, to share what they have learned with their peers and community members, and to learn from other students and hear the stories they have to share.
During the Territorial Showcase in Yellowknife, as well as displaying and sharing their own projects, participants will take part in learning activities. A full day of cultural and artistic learning begins on Saturday, May 15th to be hosted by K’àlemi Dene School in N’Dilo and local Yellowknife artist Doug Witt. Students will also get a behind the scenes look into the archives and collections of the Northern Heritage Centre during the Showcase.
The public is invited to attend the event Friday, May 14th from 1:00p.m. to 3:30p.m., when participants will be presenting their exhibits.
The NWT Heritage Fairs Society made this event possible with the support of their partners, including the Government of the Northwest Territories, BHP Billiton, and the Government of Nunavut. The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to creating opportunities for NWT residents to learn more about their heritage, as part of the 16th Legislative Assembly’s goal of healthy, educated Northerners.
For more information please contact:
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222