YELLOWKNIFE (December 12, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met last week with Aboriginal governments from across the Northwest Territories to generate ideas for a 10-year culture and heritage strategic framework. This is a new initiative of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) which will help GNWT departments align their work with a shared set of cultural principles during the next decade. The framework will be the first of its kind in the NWT.
“Cultural identity is part of what makes Northerners who we are and supports personal and community wellness,” said Minister Lafferty. “Government has a responsibility to preserve, promote, document and present culture and heritage and ensure it shapes government decisions, policies and programs. Aboriginal governments have rights respecting their culture, language and heritage resources and it is essential that we work together on this initiative.”
The meeting focused on three main activities: learning how Aboriginal governments have woven culture and heritage into their work, identifying ways that Aboriginal governments and public government can work more closely together to preserve and promote culture, and exploring what cultural principles should form the foundation of a culture and heritage strategic framework.
The results from the meeting will be combined with the results from similar meetings being held across the NWT. A draft culture and heritage strategic framework is planned for summer 2015.
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