YELLOWKNIFE (October 29, 2014) – Northerners were recognized for promoting and preserving NWT culture and heritage atthe 2014 Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle awards ceremony hosted by Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty today.
“The annual Culture and Heritage Circle awards celebrate the role Northerners play in promoting and preserving the arts, culture and heritage of the NWT,” said Minister Lafferty. “As northerners, our cultures and heritage wrap around everything we do. Hunting and trapping, artwork and craftsmanship, and traditional values and languages are all part of who we are as individuals and as a territory and it is important that we promote, preserve and celebrate them.”
The Minister’s Culture and Heritage Circle recognizes contributors at the local, regional, and territorial level, with four categories of recognition:
- Youth Category – Persons 25 years and under who demonstrate a strong commitment to participating in the arts, cultural learning and cultural practices. 2014 Recipient – Janelle Nitsiza.
- Individual Category – Persons who demonstrate a strong commitment to the promotion and preservation of culture through participation in various arts, cultural or heritage related activities. 2014 Recipient – Rene Fumoleau.
- Elder Category – Persons more than 50 years old and recognized as cultural leaders by their community respected for their guidance, leadership and vision in promoting the arts, culture and heritage. 2014 Recipient – Camilla Tutcho.
- Group or Organization Category – Any organization, corporation, institution, committee or social club that plays a lead role in the development and support of activities that celebrate, promote or preserve the arts, culture and heritage. 2014 Recipient – Foster Family Coalition of the NWT.
A Minister’s Choice Awardis also given to a person or group at the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment’s discretion. 2014 Recipient – Deninu K’ue First Nation.
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