Northwest Territories Arts Strategy Action Planning

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Yellowknife — July 3, 2019

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is seeking input on actions to be incorporated into the new NWT Arts Strategy through facilitated engagement sessions happening across the territory.

Public online engagement launched on June 21 and, in conjunction with community meetings, will continue until August 9, 2019. 

The new NWT Arts Strategy and Action Plan will provide the GNWT with renewed priorities that support artists and the arts industry, increase collaboration between all stakeholders and celebrate diversity.

These engagements will build on previous public feedback into the priorities and direction of the new Strategy. Through continued dialogue between the GNWT, arts leaders and administrators, we are now developing actions to support the themes of strengthening education; engagement and leadership; linking people and spaces; collaborating for sustainable growth; and improving opportunities for all.

Visit for a list of engagement dates and locations. Together, the GNWT and its stakeholders are shaping the plan for supporting the arts sector in the NWT over the next decade.



“Arts and creativity play a profound role in preserving cultures and languages, diversifying the economy and raising the profile of the NWT nationally and internationally. We want to make sure we get this right, and that requires continued dialogue with the NWT cultural and artistic community to ensure that the strategy properly reflects the challenges and opportunities facing artists, arts organizations and residents of NWT communities.”

- Caroline Cochrane, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment


“The creative economy is an important sector for our Northwest Territories. I’m confident that through this engagement process, we’re going to get the input we need to create a plan to put the arts strategy into action in a way that reflects the needs of our arts community, and recognizes the role the creative sector can play in our efforts to diversify the economy.”

- Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment



Quick facts

  • A public and stakeholder engagement period was held in December 2018 and a total of 277 people participated in an online survey, focus groups and personal interviews to provide input on the priorities and direction of the new Strategy.




Online public engagement



Media Inquiries:

Cherish Winsor

Senior Communications Advisor

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Government of the Northwest Territories

Tel:  (867) 767-9352 x 71021