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Time Capsule Exhibit Offers View of Northern Life

Museum Alive! Open House

(Tuesday, April 06, 2010) – The creative works of Northern youth have become part of Northwest Territories (NWT) history, as the International Polar Year Youth Time Capsule Project exhibit has opened at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC).

Designed to communicate the spirit of Northern community life through the eyes of Northern young people, the exhibit features selections of art, poetry, stories, photography and videos submitted by youth from across the NWT, Yukon and Nunavut. In September, the time capsule will be stored away at the territorial museum and will not be reopened until the next International Polar Year in 2035.“The diversity and talent of the work on display is truly impressive,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty. “The exhibit really captures the unique experience of being a young person in the North, and I know that it will be a valuable component of this and future International Polar Years.”

Youth are encouraged to come to the territorial museum and view the submissions featured in the exhibit, or to contribute to the time capsule by creating a piece on site. Individuals who can’t make it to the museum in person can view the exhibit online at the PWNHC website.

The project was developed by the International Polar Year Youth Time Capsule Project Committee with funding from the Government of Canada. It is based on the understanding that meaningful youth participation is essential to ensuring the lasting legacy of the International Polar Year.

For more information about the International Polar Year Youth Time Capsule Project, contact:

Amy Doerksen
Manager, Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222
Email: amy_doerksen@gov.nt.ca