In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the Canadian Wildlife Federation, BioBlitz Canada, and other partners in conservation are organizing public BioBlitz events across the country, bringing together the public with scientists to explore the richness of Canada’s biodiversity.

There will be several NWT BioBlitz events taking place across the NWT.

Tuktoyaktuk: July 28, 2017

Inuvik: July 30, 2017

Norman Wells: August 2, 2017

Fort Simpson: August 9, 2017

Yellowknife: August 10 to 12, 2017


Canada C3 is a signature project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary. The centrepiece is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that will connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

The ship will be in NWT waters in September.  The PWNHC will host a kiosk that will track the progress of the journey. The kiosk includes a large touch screen TV to allow you to participate in the ship’s activities.  We will also have a large Canadian floor map that comes with several educational kits developed by the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Special Constable

“We Took Care of Them: Special Constables in the NWT”

We Took Care of Them is an exhibit that explores the contributions of Indigenous people in the NWT to policing the north. The project has been developed by an intergovernmental working group consisting of representatives from the Government of the Northwest Territories Departments of Justice and Education, Culture and Employment and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police “G” Division.

The exhibit will officially open on August 3rd.

The Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) is organizing a travelling exhibition to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, focusing on some of Canada’s most significant fossils or replicas from various regions of Canada.

The NWT has contributed a stromatolite that was formed billions of years ago by some of the Earth’s first living organisms.

This travelling exhibit will open in Ottawa in July 2017 and then make its way coast to coast.

Beau's Brewery

In 2017,  Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company of Eastern Ontario will collaborate with partners across Canada to create a special beer each month in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial.

To represent the NWT, Beau’s and the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC) is producing an Ice Age beer in December 2017.  As a member of the ANHMC, the PWNHC is a contributing partner in providing advice on potential ingredients. The Beau’s brew master will use plant species found in the guts of ice age mammals.

Members of the National Provincial and Territorial Archivists Conference are participating in an on-line exhibit of photographs as part of Canada 150 celebrations. The theme of the exhibit is “Railways” and it will be hosted by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

The eleven archival images selected by the NWT Archives have taken a liberal interpretation of rail and train related imagery, in keeping with the unique northern context.