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NWT Archives launches 13,000 photographs by Bern Will Brown

Yellowknife — July 6, 2022

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is pleased to announce the public launch of more than 13,000 photographs by Bern Will Brown. The Northwest Territories (NWT) Archives collection consists of pictures showing northern life through Brown’s lens over decades of living in and travelling the territory.

Bern Will Brown, who was also a painter, filmmaker, journalist, dog-musher and pilot, came north in 1948 as a young priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. In 1962 Father Brown was sent to Colville Lake. In 1971, he left the priesthood and married Margaret Steen of Inuvik. They spent over 40 years in Colville Lake, which he helped establish as a permanent community.

His photos, both in black and white and in colour, capture the daily lives of northerners at work and play in their home communities, including Behchokǫ̀, Aklavik, Inuvik, Paulatuk, Délı̨nę, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Fort Providence, Fort Smith, and Colville Lake.

The NWT Archives acquired this comprehensive collection from Brown in 2005. Prior to his death in 2014, the Archives worked collaboratively with Brown to record information about the people and places in the collection.

View the collection online at: https://gnwt.accesstomemory.org/381.

For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
briony_grabke@gov.nt.ca
867-767-9352 Ext. 71073

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Interwoven’ basketry exhibit at PWNHC features handcrafted baskets and woven creations by Cathie Harper

Yellowknife — June 13, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the handcrafted woven artwork of Cathie Harper. It is opening this week at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC) on June 16, 2022.

The new exhibit features handcrafted baskets and non-traditional woven artwork made from dogwood, cedar, birch bark, yarn, hemp, wire and more. Visitors will be able to see her process, starting with the collection, soaking, and drying of wild materials, followed by experimentation with weaving techniques, textures, and the addition of unconventional materials.

Join us at the opening of this new exhibit:

Date: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Time: 7 to 8:30 pm
Location: Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife

The event will include bannock, refreshments, and speeches.

‘Interwoven’ is on display from June 16 to December 2022 and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
briony_grabke@gov.nt.ca
867-767-9352 Ext. 71073

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Explore the PWNHC’s art collection online

Yellowknife — April 26, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has launched the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s (PWNHC) Museum Art Collection online portal, featuring over 1,400 records and photos of artwork, including sculptures, paintings, prints, and textiles.

The new portal increases public access to the PWNHC’s holdings, which showcases and preserves Northwest Territories (NWT) arts, cultures, history, and heritage. Collected over the 40-year history of the PWNHC, the public can search through the art collection and view artwork created by over 200 northern, Canadian, and international circumpolar artists from the comfort of their home.

Providing access to the collection is extremely valuable for anyone seeking information about their cultural heritage as well as those interested in the diverse collections of northern and Indigenous objects stored at the PWNHC.

The website features information about the artwork and high-definition images that can be enlarged and examined in detail, searched by artist, culture, region, or date according to interests. The size of the collection will continue to grow and evolve as new art is acquired.

This project was made possible by the financial support of the Government of Canada, Canadian Heritage Museum Assistance Program.

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“Northern art is closely linked to the history and identity of the territory, as well as its residents and communities. The online Museum Art Collection allows us to showcase the amazing works of art produced in the NWT and allows us to celebrate the artists who produced them. Art is inseparable from history and culture, and making northern art more accessible territorially, nationally, and internationally will help promote the natural and cultural beauty of the NWT and its people.”

– R.J. Simpson, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Quick facts

  • The PWNHC has over 75,000 objects in its holdings including archaeology, human history, natural history, and art. These collections were developed over the last 40 years, and (as is typical for museums) only a fraction of the material can be exhibited in the museum at one time. By providing online access to the collections in storage, the PWNHC is providing access to thousands of objects.
  • The art collection is the first phase of a multi-year project to put PWNHC’s holdings more accessible.
  • While not directly connected to the NWT Arts Strategy 2021-2031, this project supports the principles of the strategy to promote and celebrate NWT arts and artists.
  • In person tours of the collections area or in-person visits to look at specific objects in the collection can be arranged by contacting museum_collections@pwnhc.ca.

 

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For media requests, please contact:

Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca

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Germaine Arnattaujuq highlights the beauty of Inuit women in new PWNHC exhibit

Yellowknife — January 6, 2022

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is excited to announce a new exhibit featuring the artwork of Germaine Arnattaujuq is now on view at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

The exhibit is on display until May 29, 2022 and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Inspired by traditional Inuit life, this exhibit draws on the aesthetics of Inuit femininity and beauty, with a focus on tunniit (tattoos), intricate braids and ivory-carved women’s combs. One of the distinguishing features of Germaine’s artwork is her attention to detail that brings depth to her pieces. Her images of tattooed faces and arms exemplify the idea that tunniit represent permanent stitches that bind together Inuit women’s cultural past with present ideals of Inuit femininity.

Germaine’s work has been important in inspiring and setting a high standard for visual aesthetics among Inuit in Canada and around the world. In February 2021, Germaine received a Governor General’s award in Visual and Media Arts. This award represents the most prestigious distinctions for excellence in visual and media arts in Canada.

For media requests, please contact:

Briony Grabke
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
briony_grabke@gov.nt.ca
867-767-9352 Ext. 71073

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New exhibit at PWNHC demonstrates resiliency through a 21st century pandemic

Yellowknife — December 6, 2021

The travelling exhibit ‘Breathe: Creating resilience through traditional art’ presented by the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) and Health and Social Services (HSS) is set to open Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

The exhibit will be on display until April 2022 and can be viewed Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm at PWNHC.

The exhibit displays 45 hand-crafted masks by artists from around Canada. The masks share their makers’ unique stories of fear, courage, sadness, hope, love, and healing that unite us all. Each mask was crafted through diverse mediums including beadwork, embroidery, birch bark etching, quill work, quilting, rug hooking, metalwork, and glass fusion, and are records of humanity and resiliency in a 21st century pandemic.

Featured in the exhibit are masks by two Northwest Territories (NWT) artists, Eliza Firth of Inuvik and Taalrumiq/Christina King, originally of Tuktoyaktuk.

Upcoming virtual and in-person programming, artist talks, events and resources will be shared on www.pwnhc.ca.

Visiting the PWNHC during COVID-19

Safety measures and guidelines are in place to comply with COVID-19 public health orders:

  • All visitors over the age of two must wear a mask
  • Visitors over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination
  • The Museum Café closed
  • Restrooms are limited to single person/household use
  • Please practice physical distancing and follow all directional and space maximum signage

For media requests, please contact:

Public Affairs and Communications
Education, Culture and Employment
Government of the Northwest Territories
ecepublicaffairs@gov.nt.ca