YELLOWKNIFE (APRIL 8, 2016) — A program designed to assist artisans in the Northwest Territories (NWT) has proved successful in 2015.
The Fur and Hide Procurement Program — a function of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program — provided nearly $1 million in economic benefit created from the program.
These are the best results yet recorded by the program, which aims to connect local artisans with fur products required for their creations.
The program sees the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) purchase furs and re-sell them at cost to NWT artisans; a revenue-neutral venture which improves market access to those creating traditional arts and crafts.
“It is promising to see this program thriving. Not only does this program create important economic opportunities for those practicing traditional arts and crafts, it creates opportunities for artisans to share their vibrant cultures with a larger audience at a reasonable cost. The Department of ITI looks forward to continuing strategic investments in traditional economy in the future.”
- Bob McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
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