GJOA HAVEN, Nunavut – The Kitikmeot Inuit Association will be able to preserve and present Netsilik culture and heritage, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. This was announced today by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Member of Parliament (Nunavut), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support the development of an exhibition that will be featured in the Netsilik Cultural Centre in Gjoa Haven. Activities include research and consultation to determine content and the production of design and development plans. The exhibition will document and interpret the Netsilik traditional way of life and the external influences that ultimately led to the adaptation by the Netsilik people of a modern Northern lifestyle.
“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations like the Kitikmeot Inuit Association to ensure that Canada’s rich heritage is preserved for future generations,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting these initiatives, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”
“This project will provide younger Inuit generations, as well as visitors from the south, with information about Netsilik culture and heritage,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “Thanks to this investment, the Kitikmeot Inuit Association will increase public awareness and understanding of the rich and diverse culture of the Netsilik people.”
“The funding announced today will assist us in preserving the history of the Netsilinkmeot Inuit by way of recording the stories of our elders and having those records preserved in the soon-to-be completed Heritage Centre. This will be of benefit to our youth and to all visitors that come to view the exhibits,” said Charlie Evalik, President of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association.
The mandate of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association is to defend, preserve, and promote social, cultural, and economic benefits for Kitikmeot Inuit. The Kitikmeot Region is located in western Nunavut and includes the remote communities of Kugluktuk, Bay Chimo, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Taloyoak and Kugaaruk. The Association is a key partner in the Netsilik Cultural Centre, Gjoa Haven’s only arts and heritage facility.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $100,000 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.