Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Federal Government Grants to Arts, Culture, and Official Languages in the Northwest Territories #NWT

Harper Government Invests in Arts, Culture, and Official Languages in the Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE, July 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Arts, culture, and official languages organizations in the Northwest Territories will be able to deliver a variety of programs and services over the next few years, thanks to investments by the Government of Canada. Support for a total of 17 organizations was announced today by the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. The announcement was made alongside leaders in the arts, culture and official languages community in the Northwest Territories.

The funding will support a wide range of initiatives, including the Open Sky Festival in Fort Simpson, Folk On The Rocks in Yellowknife, and programming for Francophone organizations, including the Fédération franco-ténoise and the Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important local projects like those announced today," said Minister Moore. "We believe that investing in arts, culture, and Francophone community organizations is key to the economic health of communities throughout the Northwest Territories."

"The rich and diverse culture of the Northwest Territories is a major contributor to the quality of life of its citizens," said Minister Van Loan. "Our Government's investment supports the creative spirit of the North so that residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of artistic and cultural experiences."

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $944,180 under four programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, and the Canada Cutural Investment Fund. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Today's announcement includes the following projects in the Northwest Territories:

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

The Development of Official-Language Communities Program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

  • Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife — Vitalité culturelle en français à Yellowknife, 2011-2012 programming: $73,500

  • Fédération franco-ténoise — Soutien à l'action 2011-2012: $190,000

  • Garderie plein soleil — 2011-2012 programming: $52,240

  • Société Radio Taïga — 2011-2012 basic programming: $25,000

  • Association franco-culturelle de Hay River - 2011-2012 regular programming: $30,000

  • Association des francophones du delta du Mackenzie — Sensibilisation au statut de minorité canadienne française: $31,250

  • Association des francophones de Fort Smith — L'AFFS en pleine action dans son milieu: $29,000

  • Association des parents ayants droit de Yellowknife — 2011-2012 programming: $15,450

  • Les Éditions franco-ténoise/L'Aquilon — 2011-2012 basic programming: $22,000

  • Canadian Parents for French - Northwest Territories — 2011-2012 program funding: $53,040

  • Fédération franco-ténoise — 201,1FM aux TNO: $40,000

  • Association des francophones du delta du Mackenzie — Événement culturel à Inuvik: $9,000

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

The Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

  • End Of The Road Music Festival Society — End Of The Road Music Festival: $4,200

  • Old Town Ramble And Ride — Old Town Ramble And Ride Festival: $8,200

  • Northwords Writers Festival Society — Northwords Writers Festival: $5,900

  • Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife — Miroir sur la francophonie nordique: $7,900

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

  • Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife — Un coup d'oeil franco-coloré sur le 63e parallèle: $30,000

  • Folk On The Rocks — Folk on the Rocks Festival 2011: $40,000

  • The Great Northern Arts Festival Society — 2011 Great Northern Arts Festival: $35,000

  • Northern Arts And Cultural Centre — 2011-2012 programming: $165,000

  • Open Sky Creative Society — Open Sky Festival 2011: Confluence: $25,000

Canada Cultural Investment Fund

Projects supported through the Canada Cultural Investment Fund are intended to contribute to the organizational, administrative, and financial health of arts and heritage organizations. This is achieved through support for initiatives intended to diversify revenue streams, strengthen management capacities, and ensure that arts and heritage organizations are supported in their communities for the contribution they make.

  • Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife — Formation d'autonomie sur mesure des ressources aux TNO: $52,500

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact: 

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages
        Chantal Rougeau
Regional Communications
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
Tel.: 204-984-5505
Cell: 204-298-9833
        Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

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