We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Virtual Museum of Canada project that we are a part of – Narrative Threads: Crafting the Canadian Quilt! Produced by the Textile Museum of Canada in conjunction with partners nationally including the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, this exhibit showcases a rich array of historical objects, material culture and handicrafts, highlighting the role they have played in shaping the country and its vibrant cultural landscapes. Explore a wealth of story-rich artifacts and contribute your own special belongings to one of the most dynamic and distinctive Canadian cultural archives. The Virtual Museum of Canada is the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.
Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer le lancement de l’exposition virtuelle Fils des histoires : Création d’une courtepointe canadienne. Prenez part à la grande tradition de la courtepointe canadienne! Produite par le Textile Museum of Canada en collaboration avec des musées locaux à travers le pays, y compris Centre du patrimoine septentrional Prince-de-Galles, l’exposition souligne toute la richesse et la diversité de l’artisanat et de l’art populaire, illustrant aussi comment ils ont façonné le pays. Découvrez un ensemble d’objets riches en histoire et participez à la création d’archives culturelles parmi les plus vivantes et distinctement canadiennes à jamais avoir été créées.
YELLOWKNIFE (October 6, 2015) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) Jackson Lafferty released Strong Cultures, Strong Territory: The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework. The Framework will align the existing culture and heritage activities of all GNWT departments around shared goals and priorities. It will also serve as a cultural lens for future GNWT initiatives until 2025.
“Culture and heritage are powerful,” said Minister Lafferty. “They play a significant role in personal well-being, community resiliency, language, identity, a diverse economy and a sustainable environment. The GNWT Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework highlights the important connection between culture and heritage and all that the GNWT does.”
The Framework is the first of its kind in the NWT – a mechanism to coordinate the culture and heritage work of all GNWT departments. The Framework was created after months of research and engagement with Aboriginal governments, culture and heritage stakeholders and NWT residents in 28 communities using an online survey, community meetings, workshops and home visits.
“The GNWT Culture and Heritage Strategic Framework is built on respect for the tremendous cultural diversity across the Northwest Territories. It is based on the premise that understanding our past, in the context of today’s culture, helps us make wise decisions for the future”, said Minister Lafferty.
YELLOWKNIFE (September 22, 2015) – The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) and the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) invite you to the official opening of This Land Is Our Home, Wıìlıìdeh Yellowknives Dene.
The exhibit features artifacts, traditional clothing, tools, photographs, and historical information on the Dene who have lived in and around Wıìlıìcheh (Yellowknife Bay) and Wıìlıìdeh (Yellowknife River) for thousands of years.
Two years in the making, the exhibit is a community partnership between YKDFN and PWNHC staff. Community curator Fred Sangris, former N’dilo chief and dog musher, worked closely with elders and PWNHC staff to present Yellowknives Dene culture and history from their own point of view. Mary Rose Sundberg, of Detah’s Goyatiko Language Centre, has also been involved as an interpreter and language consultant.
YKDFN elders have guided the content of the exhibit by providing historical information; identifying traditional place names and village sites; providing and identifying people and places in archival photographs; and loaning family tools and clothing for display.
Visitors will learn about the traditional territory of the Yellowknives Dene, who lived in seasonal villages around Yellowknife Bay and travelled to the tundra to hunt caribou, as well as the meaning behind words such as ‘Weledeh’ and ‘Yellowknife’.
The official opening will commence with a fire feeding ceremony at 12pm on Saturday, October 3rd. Yellowknives Dene members will offer live interpretation and demonstrations about their culture and history throughout the afternoon.
The exhibit will be on display at Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre for the next three years.
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
In 2015, the Government of the Northwest Territories made five traditional Aboriginal place names for the Mackenzie River official geographical names.
Now with seven names—Dehcho, Deho, Fleuve Mackenzie, Grande Rivière, Kuukpak, Mackenzie River, and Nagwichoonjik—a person from any culture in the NWT can stand on its bank and know that their traditional name for the river is officially recognized.
As the longest river in Canada, the Mackenzie River is one of the most significant geographic features in NWT. All of the traditional names reflect the river’s grandeur and translate as either “big” or “great” river. It plays major roles both historically and culturally for the people of the NWT and is best thought of as a strand of sinew tying the regions together.
The Minister’s Cultural Circle was created in 2011 by the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, to honour the efforts of residents who work to strengthen the arts, cultures and heritage of the Northwest Territories. It was renamed the Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle in 2013.
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.
A Minister’s Choice Award is also given to a person or group at the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment’s discretion.
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.
Deadline for this year’s nominations is August 7, 2015.