Fur and Hide Program Delivers Solid Results

YELLOWKNIFE (APRIL 8, 2016) — A program designed to assist artisans in the Northwest Territories (NWT) has proved successful in 2015.

The Fur and Hide Procurement Program — a function of the Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program — provided nearly $1 million in economic benefit created from the program.

These are the best results yet recorded by the program, which aims to connect local artisans with fur products required for their creations.

The program sees the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) purchase furs and re-sell them at cost to NWT artisans; a revenue-neutral venture which improves market access to those creating traditional arts and crafts.


“It is promising to see this program thriving. Not only does this program create important economic opportunities for those practicing traditional arts and crafts, it creates opportunities for artisans to share their vibrant cultures with a larger audience at a reasonable cost. The Department of ITI looks forward to continuing strategic investments in traditional economy in the future.”
- Bob McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Quick Facts

  • The Department of ITI purchased $247,165 of fur and hide for the program.
  • All pelts were re-sold to artisans.
  • The total estimated economic benefit created by the program in the 2015 fiscal year was $988,670.

Related Link

Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program

Media inquiries for the department

Drew Williams
Communications and Public Affairs
1-867-767-9202 ext. 63037