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Daring Lake

Tundra Science and Culture Camp 2016

Tundra Science and Culture Camp (TSCC) is a summer outdoor environmental education program for high school students and teachers in the Northwest Territories (NWT). The program runs from July 25 – August 3, 2016 at Daring Lake. Students work closely with a variety of instructors including scientists, environmental educators, on-site researchers and Tlicho elders. The focus is on learning about the land from both scientific and aboriginal perspectives.

  • Spend ten action-packed and fun-filled days on the tundra!
  • Work closely with scientists
  • Learn from Tlicho elders their way of knowing the land and traditional skills
  • Experience field research techniques in ecology, botany, geology, archeology, biology, birds, fish and more
  • Learn about the land
  • Share with other students. Learn together and from each other

Who can participate?

Up to sixteen high school students and three teachers are accepted at Tundra Science and Culture Camp annually. Preference is given to students who have completed Science 10 or the equivalent. Selection criteria includes a recommendation from the school liaison.


Expo ’86 NWT Pavilion Remembered – Public input needed!

The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication (Expo ‘86) was a six month World’s Fair held in Vancouver, BC. The NWT pavilion was one of the most popular pavilions – combining film, photos, displays and entertainment, and giving visitors insights into the dramatic effects of transportation and communications on the life and culture of Northern Canadians. This was the first time the NWT showcased itself on the world stage – many residents from across the NWT were involved in its production. Exhibit coordinator Dave Kellet is looking for memories and memorabilia from the NWT pavilion at Expo ’86.

Contact Dave directly ( if you have contributions to make his proposed community exhibit a reality.

Traditional Names of the Big River

Traditional Names of the Big River

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.

  • Dehcho
  • Deho
  • Fleuve Mackenzie
  • Grande Rivière
  • Kuukpak
  • Nagwichoonjik
  • South Slavey
  • North Slavey
  • French
  • Michif
  • Inuvialuktun
  • Gwich’in
Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle Nominations

Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle Nominations

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.

Eligible Recipients:

  • 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.

Forms can be downloaded from here.

Colouring Sheet

Ice Age Bison Colouring Contest Winners Announced!

To celebrate the opening of the Steppe Bison exhibit in June 2015, a colouring contest was held for students across the NWT.

We received an astonishing 400 entries from 14 communities!

Winners and runners-up were judged by special guest, paleoartist Julius Csotonyi.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

Age 4 and under 5 and 6 7 and 8 9 and 10 11 and 12
Winner Elliott Fast, Yellowknife Destiny Minoza, Hay River Daphnée Babiuk, Hay River Jasmine Driscoll, Yellowknife Ben Oudzi, Colville Lake
Winner Faith Vital, Nahanni Butte James Lebrecque, Fort Providence Madisen Moshenko, Hay River Sydney Bell, Yellowknife Adrianna Fay, Yellowknife
Runner Up Nevaeh Tom, Wekweètı̀ Joseph Cox, Fort Smith Peyton Yukon, Délı̨ne Davin Wedawin, Gamètı̀ Natasha, Tuktoyaktuk

And here is a list of the communities that participated:

Colville Lake
Fort Good Hope
Fort McPherson
Fort Providence
Fort Smith
Hay River
Nahanni Butte
Norman Wells