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.