Minister's Culture and Heritage Circle Nominations

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — December 3, 2020

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment (ECE) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Minister’s Culture and Heritage Awards. The awards recognize the efforts of members of the community who work to strengthen the arts, culture, heritage and languages of the Northwest Territories.  Recipients are chosen from nominations put forward by other northerners in five different categories.

The purpose of these awards is to celebrate outstanding leadership in the North.  The Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle helps build awareness among all northerners about the importance of promoting, protecting, preserving and celebrating our unique cultures and ways of life.

This year, in light of COVID-19 and the current public health measures in place, we will be honouring all of our award winners virtually.

Candidates can be nominated in five categories:

Youth Category: A person 25 years of age and under, who demonstrates a strong commitment to engaging in the arts, cultural learning and cultural practices.

Individual Category: Individuals 26 years of age and older, who demonstrate a strong commitment to preserving and promoting culture through participation in various arts, culture and heritage-related activities.

Elder Category: A person 50 years of age and older, who is recognized by their community or region for their guidance and leadership in practicing, promoting or teaching in areas of arts, culture and heritage.

Group or Organization Category: Any organization, corporation, institution, committee or social club that plays a lead role in developing and supporting activities that celebrate, promote or preserve the arts, culture and heritage.

Indigenous Language Revitalization Category: Any individual or group whose efforts increase the presence, visibility, use, or scope of languages in communities.



If you would like to nominate someone who you feel has worked to have a positive impact on arts, culture, heritage or language in your region or community, please download a nomination form here.  You can submit the completed form to


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Melissa Bannister

Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories