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Museum Alive! Open House
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Governor General of Canada to Open New Exhibit at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

Yellowknife (Dec. 8, 2011) – Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre today to open the Hunters of the Alpine Ice exhibit.

The exhibit opening will occur as part of Their Excellencies’ official visit to the Northwest Territories from December 7-11. This is their first official visit to the NWT since His Excellency’s swearing-in as Canada’s 28th Governor General in October 2010 and will include Yellowknife, Fort Smith, Hay River and K’atl’odeeche First Nation.“I am thrilled to have the Governor General of Canada experience some of our Northern lifestyle and culture,” said the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment. “To have Their Excellencies open this exhibit at our museum is tremendous, and provides the opportunity for us to share a piece of important cultural history with them.”

Archaeologists from the museum worked with Tulita elders to document high alpine ice patches that have been used by Shut’aot’ine, or Mountain Dene hunters, for thousands of years. While hunting caribou on the ice patches, hunters left behind parts of their hunting equipment, which were preserved in the ice for hundreds of years. This ice is now melting, exposing the fragile artifacts to the elements and putting them at risk of destruction. The work is critical, and the team must visit the sites each year to monitor them for new discoveries.

Hunters of the Alpine Ice opens at 3:00pm in the Museum Café. A public presentation on the NWT Ice Patch Study will be held at 7:00pm on December 8th in the museum auditorium.

For more information, please contact:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222
Email: jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca

Barb Cameron
Director
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Phone: (867) 873-7551
Email: barb_cameron@gov.nt.ca

Museum Alive! Open House
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NWT Residents Honoured at Minister’s Cultural Circle Awards

Government of the Northwest Territories
August 22, 2011

Five Northwest Territories (NWT) residents and organizations were honoured this morning at the inaugural Minister’s Cultural Circle Award Ceremony. The event took place in the South Gallery of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, as a way of recognizing the important and lasting contributions of those dedicated to the arts and cultures of the North.“We live in a culturally rich land,” said the Honourable Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty. “Arts and craftsmanship, languages and the passing on of traditional knowledge and practices weave a culturally diverse mosaic of who we are as individuals and as a territory. This year’s recipients pride themselves on making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of countless NWT residents, and I applaud them for both their outstanding achievement and passion.”

The Minister’s Cultural Circle provides lasting recognition of those contributing to the preservation and promotion of culture and heritage in the NWT. It helps build awareness amongst all northerners about the importance of promoting, protecting, preserving and celebrating our unique culture, heritage and ways of life. An independent panel of judges chose one recipient from each of the four categories with a fifth recipient receiving the Minister’s Choice Award.

The 2011 Minister’s Cultural Circle recipients are:

  • Evan Tordiff from Fort Smith – Youth Category;
  • Abel Tingmiak from Inuvik – Elder Category;
  • Ben Nind from Yellowknife – Individual Category;
  • Aklavik Delta Drummers and Dancers – Group Category; and
  • Chief Jimmy Bruneau School from Behchoko receives the Minister’s Choice Award.

More information about each recipient is available on the backgrounder.

For more information contact:

Ashley Green
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-3059
Email: ashley_green@gov.nt.ca

Museum Alive! Open House
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ECE Calls for Minister’s Cultural Circle Nominations

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The GNWT is accepting nominations for its inaugural Minister’s Cultural Circle to recognize those who contribute to preserving and promoting the arts, cultures and heritage in the Northwest Territories.

The Circle, sponsored by the Minister of Education culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty, recognizes contributors at the local, regional, or territorial level. The Circle aims to strengthen awareness of our unique northern identity by celebrating successful arts and cultural activities. The Circle recognizes all cultures present in the Northwest Territories.“The NWT is full of dedicated individuals and organizations who pride themselves on promoting and preserving the arts, culture and heritage,” says the Minister. “We live in a truly culturally rich land and the people who keep our diversity alive deserve recognition.”

There are four categories of recognition:

  • Elder: an Elder, 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: any organization, corporation, institution, committee or social club that plays a lead role in developing and supporting activities that celebrate, promote or preserve the arts, culture and heritage.
  • Youth: individuals, 25 years of age and under, who demonstrate a strong commitment to engaging in the arts, cultural learning and cultural practices; and
  • Individual: individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to preserving and promoting culture through participation in various arts, culture and heritage related activities.

Nomination forms are available at www.ece.gov.nt.ca under the ‘What’s New at ECE’ tab, on the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s website (www.pwnhc.ca), at your local band office or at your Regional ECE Service Centre location. Deadline for nominations is Tuesday, August 2, 2011.

One successful candidate per category will be welcomed into the Minister’s Cultural Circle this fall. Consideration is given to any project, organization, or person residing in the Northwest Territories that demonstrates a high level of commitment and makes an outstanding contribution to the arts, culture and heritage.

For more information, please contact:

Amy Doerksen
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222
Email: amy_doerksen@gov.nt.ca

Artistic diversity of Northern women
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Each quilt tells a story

Textile artist has her first solo show

Adrian Lysenko
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, May 5, 2011

SOMBA K’E/YELLOWKNIFE – After more than 3,000 hours of hard work, textile artist Shawna Lampi-Legaree will be having an exhibit at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.

The exhibit, Through Her Eyes, will feature 10 large quilted pieces from the artist each dealing with a diverse amount of subject matter from the 2008 market crash to breast cancer to the Inuit legend – Nuliajuk, the mother of the sea beasts.

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NWT Celebrates Heritage Week

Thursday, February 17, 2011

February 21-27 is Heritage Week, and northern cultural and heritage organizations are celebrating by hosting several events and programs across the territory. To kick off the Week, the 2011 Pan-Territorial Heritage Fair is being held February 17 and 18 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre.“Awareness, appreciation and promotion of our northern heritage is important in strengthening our cultural identity as individuals, families and communities,” says the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty. “I applaud the efforts of all cultural and heritage organizations and individuals across the territory who work diligently throughout the year to promote and preserve our unique northern heritage.”

At the 2011 Pan-Territorial Heritage Fair, for the first time, 30 students representing all regions of the Northwest Territories will come together to share in learning and showcasing their winning heritage projects. Joining them are ten students from Nunavut and ten from the Yukon.

The public is invited to meet the students and view their projects at the Heritage Centre in Yellowknife on Friday, February 18 from 2pm to 4pm.

The Heritage Fair aligns with the 16th Legislative Assembly’s goal to strengthen awareness of our northern identity and uniqueness by promoting our successes, our culture, our arts, and our languages with a proud and unified voice.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Green
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-3059
Email: ashley_green@gov.nt.ca