Canadian Mountain Network funding to support NWT mountain research

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The Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) has received $18.3 million over five years from the Network of Centres of Excellence program to support research that promotes the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across Canada.

As a member of the CMN, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) worked with a number of groups across Canada and within the NWT to develop the funding proposal. Currently, the Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Joe Dragon, chairs the CMN board.

"The Canadian Mountain Network is breaking new ground to build a national research network that brings together Indigenous and Western ways of knowing and doing to support the sustainability and prosperity of our vital mountain regions," said Dr. Dragon, CMN Board Chair and Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories.

Initial funding will support two NWT-specific programs, both located in the Sahtú:

  1. Nı́o Nę P'ęnę́ - Trails of the Mountain Caribou: Renewing Indigenous Relationships in Conservation, led by Leon Andrew
  2. The Shútagot’ıne Cultural Landscape, led by Glen Mackay, Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre

The GNWT expects the CMN to provide substantial opportunities for NWT communities to partner with academic researchers. We are excited about the significant new resources for the two multi-year projects in the Sahtú, and opportunities through future funding calls to benefit other mountainous NWT communities, such as those in the Dehcho and Gwich’in regions.

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