Wednesday, 27 July 2011

#Yukon #NWT #Nunavut Gov spending on culture: Arts Research Monitor 10.1


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Date: 27 July 2011 09:54
Subject: Government spending on culture: Arts Research Monitor 10.1

Because of their small populations, the territories were excluded from the [main] analysis. Key data for the territories includes:

  • In the Yukon, total government spending on culture was $1,157 per person in 2008-09, which included $586 in federal spending, $549 in territorial spending, and $22 in municipal spending.
  • In the Northwest Territories, total government spending on culture was $1,075 per capita in 2008-09, including $821 in federal spending, $199 in territorial spending, and $54 in municipal spending.
  • In Nunavut, total government spending on culture was $616 per person in 2008-09, which included $363 in federal spending, $242 in territorial spending, and $12 in municipal spending.

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    Government spending on culture

    In this issue:
    Recent Canadian datasets and reports have provided insights into government spending on culture, including a benchmark Statistics Canada dataset, an analysis of federal cultural spending between 2008-09 and 2010-11, and a report on provincial government spending on culture.

    Government Expenditures on Culture in 2008/09

    Statistics Canada, May 4, 2011

    Statistics Canada recently released a brief overview and data regarding government spending on culture in 2008-09. The data includes direct government support for culture through operating expenditures, capital expenditures and grants. Excluded are indirect support instruments, such as tax credits. Hill Strategies has analyzed this data for this issue of the Arts Research Monitor.

    In 2008-09, governments spent $9.3 billion on culture, excluding transfers between different levels of government. This represents a 16% increase from 2003-04 (after adjusting for inflation).

    Provincial and municipal expenditures on culture increased substantially between 2003-04 and 2008-09 (29% and 22%, respectively, after adjusting for inflation). Federal cultural spending increased by 4% during the same time frame. These figures include transfers between levels of government.


    Provincial Government Spending on the Arts and Culture in Saskatchewan in 08/09

    Saskatchewan Arts Alliance, June 8, 2011

    This report, prepared for the Saskatchewan Arts Alliance by Hill Strategies Research, relies on Statistics Canada data to examine provincial government spending on culture in 2008-09. The provincial data includes operating spending, capital spending and grants. While the detailed findings are specific to Saskatchewan, the comparisons between provinces provide information related to the entire country. Included are comparisons of overall provincial expenditures on culture, provincial spending on the arts, provincial arts grants, provincial expenditures on the cultural industries, and provincial spending on heritage.

    The report notes that, on a per capita basis, provincial spending on culture is highest in Newfoundland and Labrador ($139 per capita), Saskatchewan ($132), Prince Edward Island ($123) and Quebec ($121).

    The report examines in detail the components of provincial cultural spending. In the Statistics Canada dataset, "the arts" include arts education, performing arts and visual arts and crafts (excluding art galleries). Provincial arts spending averages $13 across the provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest spending level on the arts ($30 per capita), followed by Alberta ($25), Quebec ($24), and Nova Scotia ($14). The detailed tables in the report show that Ontario has the lowest level of public arts funding ($5 per capita), followed by British Columbia ($7), New Brunswick ($8), Manitoba ($9) and Saskatchewan ($11).

    Delving further into the arts spending data, the report shows that provincial grants, transfers and contributions to the arts average $10 among the provinces. Provincial arts grants are highest in Alberta ($23 per capita), Quebec ($15), Nova Scotia ($14) and Saskatchewan ($10). While not included in the report, an analysis of the government spending dataset shows that provincial arts grants are below the national average in Manitoba ($9), PEI ($8), Newfoundland and Labrador ($7), British Columbia (also $7), Ontario ($5) and New Brunswick (also $5).

    On average, the cultural industries (including film and video, literary arts/publishing, broadcasting, and sound recording) receive $11 from provincial governments. The report notes that "Saskatchewan's $24 in provincial per capita spending is the highest level in Canada", followed by Quebec ($21), Alberta ($10), Ontario ($9) and Nova Scotia ($6). The detailed tables in the report show that PEI has the lowest level of public funding for the cultural industries ($1 per capita), followed by Newfoundland and Labrador ($3). Provincial government spending on the cultural industries is $5 per capita in Manitoba, New Brunswick and British Columbia.

    The detailed tables in the report also provide a summary of provincial government spending on heritage (museums, archives, parks, historic sites, etc.), which averages $27 across the provinces. PEI and Manitoba rank first ($46 per person), followed by New Brunswick ($44), Nova Scotia ($43), Newfoundland and Labrador ($42) and Saskatchewan (also $42). British Columbia has by far the lowest level of public funding for heritage ($8 per capita), followed by Quebec ($21), Alberta ($27), and Ontario ($29).



    Wednesday, 20 July 2011

    Aboriginal youth on reserves in Quebec loose Wapikonimobile media training funds

    Documentary Field Notes and Flashpoints

    Wapikonimobile funding cancelled

    Posted: 19 Jul 2011 07:48 PM PDT

    A Wapikoni mobile production unit. Photo from

    For the last eight years, an exceptional and pioneering media experience has given new means of expression and a sense of hope to aboriginal youth on reserves in Quebec.

    The Wapikonimobile is a mobile video production unit – or rather three of them – travelling from community to community, providing video training and supervising the making of short films. For youngsters confronted with substance abuse, an epidemic of suicides and an almost complete lack of job prospects, this was an extraordinary opportunity, and they took advantage of it. Some 2000 of them learned production skills, and made some 450 films expressing their own realities. Some of those films had real cinematic qualities and were shown in festivals here and abroad.

    But now, the federal Department of Human Resources has cancelled its half-million dollar grant, about half of the Wapikonimobile's total budget– at a time when the production units should already have been on the road. Young people in numerous communities who have been looking forward to this experience for a whole year now find themselves without anything to do for the summer and without the means for expressing themselves. For what reason? Because, according to the minister, other projects offer better prospects for creating jobs and teaching skills.

    Quebec's excellent daily Le Devoir, which broke the Wapikonimobile story yesterday, has another story today (July 19th) revealing that the arts and the community and aboriginal sectors are hard hit by other little publicized Human Resources cutbacks as well.  This is surely a sign of where things are going under the majority conservative government.

    Could there be more urgent needs than those of aboriginal youth? Hardly. The founder and director of Wapikonimobile, filmmaker Manon Barbeau, is campaigning to have the department change its decision. I wish her the best of luck in this extremely worthwhile endeavour.

    Manon Barbeau with well-known Attikamekw rapper Samajan, whose career started with a Wapikonimobile training program. Photo: Luc Lavigne,

    Thanks to Tobi Elliott for her help with this blog.



    Event: Noon-hour book launch and signing of Jamie Bastedo's latest book, the OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL - NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

    When: This Friday, July 22nd, 12:00 - 1:00

    Where: Yellowknife Book Cellar

    Food: Hamburgers (meat & veggie) and refreshments will be available.

    About the book (from the back cover):

    Written by Jamie Bastedo, multiple award winning author, ecologist and CBC radio personality.

    Much more than a guidebook, this natural and cultural feast takes you down the wildest, longest stretch of the Trans Canada Trail, from Alberta's far north to the Arctic Ocean.

    It provides all the nuts and bolts you'll need for your journey – whether on land or in an armchair – including detailed route maps, major landmarks, access points, community facilities, campsites, points of natural and historical interest, recommended side trips, and precautions. It also includes a diverse range of local contributors whose stories capture the unique spirit of each community and culture encountered along the way.

    Covering 2300 km of water route and 600 km over land, this book offers many exciting options for you to customize your own trip, whether paddling the mighty Mackenzie River or biking the hinterlands of Yellowknife. Much of the route follows traditional travel corridors used by native people for thousands of years, followed later by European explorers, traders and missionaries.

    Some portions offer opportunities to see peregrine falcons, grizzly bears or beluga whales. Rockhounds can choose from a wide array of geological treats along the route.

    Want to catch an arctic grayling? Stroll on the tundra? Swim in the Beaufort Sea? Visit a native culture camp? Follow in the wake of the voyageurs? Paddle across the Arctic Circle? Bike through a herd of wild bison? May your dreams come true on the NWT Trans Canada Trail!

    Jamie's determination, patience and thoughtful approach to writing this guidebook have inspired us all to explore our northern landscapes and communities.


    Geoff Ray

    Executive Director NWT Recreation and Parks Association





    Saturday, 16 July 2011

    Seeking Paid Stock Videography of #NWT People, Places, Events

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    From: Jeremy - Western Arctic Moving Pictures
    Date: 14 July 2011 10:45
    Subject: Fwd: Looking for Paid Stock Videography of NWT People, Places, Events

    Looking for Videographers with Stock Video of NWT People, Places, and Events from the following regions:
    Inuvik, Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Yellowknife, Hay River, Deline
    Please contact Andrew Silke of Tait Communications at 669-6211 during the day, or email at
    Andrew Silke
    Tait Communications and Consulting Inc.
    P.O. Box 1140
    5014-47th Street
    Yellowknife, NT
    X1A 2N8
    Tel: (867)669-6211
    Fax: (867)669-7058

    Friday, 15 July 2011

    #YZF #NWT's Dechinta Bush University Centre was misrepresented during Royal visit

    Dechinta Bush University Centre was misrepresented during Royal visit

    | July 15, 2011
    Dechinta Governance Circle. Photo: Amanda Dowling

    During their recent tour of Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Blachford Lake Lodge on the traditional and unceded territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. The July 5 stopover began with demonstrations by the 1st Canadian Rangers Patrol Group, composed mainly of Inuit members.

    From there, the royals began a tour of Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning. Dechinta is a post-secondary education initiative providing Indigenous and non-Indigenous students with much-needed opportunities to take university-accredited courses developed in the North, led by Northern experts, and focused on the land as the primary teacher.

    But more than that, Dechinta provides an educational setting committed to decolonization and Indigenous self-determination. At Dechinta, one doesn't just learn about decolonization, Dechinta is a practice of decolonization.

    The royal visit began with a lesson in several Dene languages. Dechinta then engaged the couple in Dene practices including preparation of caribou meat, smoking fish, use of medicinal plants, moosehide tanning, and beading.

    These practices were portrayed by the media as arts and crafts. What the coverage didn't communicate is that Dechinta participants explained to the royal couple how these activities play a key role in learning about, and engaging in, decolonization. As colonialism has displaced Indigenous peoples from their land, these activities help reconstitute students political, social and economic relations to that land.

    The royal visit then moved into a governance circle around a fire, where students and instructors talked about the importance and impacts of Dechinta's land-based pedagogy as a means of social transformation. Glen Coulthard, a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and a professor of First Nations Studies and Political Science at the University of British Columbia, welcomed the royal couple. Their visit coincided with the course "'Our Land, Our Life': Dene Self-Determination in Theory and in Practice." Coulthard explained that the major aims of the course were to explore Dene political history, develop a concrete understanding of the historical and contemporary character of settler-colonial rule in Canada, and confront the violent and destructive effects Indigenous peoples experience as a result of colonial racism and land dispossession.

    The course investigates the strategies through which the colonial state seeks to secure economic and legal certainty to Indigenous lands to exploit both people and natural resources. As dispossessing Indigenous peoples of their land is integral to the settler-colonial project, developing an understanding of what constitutes decolonization cannot occur without on-the-land learning

    Coulthard's course is part of Dechinta's core curriculum, complimented by courses in sustainable community development, health and wellness, communications and research methods Coulthard was followed by program alumnus Mason Mantla, a member of the Tlicho Nation, who described his Dechinta experience as providing his life with direction, imbuing him with a positive identity and bridging the gap between university education and land-based learning. To conclude, Swampy Cree student Mandee McDonald spoke to the current set of vastly unequal political, economic, and social relations that govern the world. She described the difficult process of coming to terms with the individual and collective effects of neo-colonial rule. McDonald said Dechinta provides a safe space to develop a critical understanding of the reality facing Indigenous communities and to explore and practice an alternate vision of the future.

    These presentations were followed by gifts for the royal couple. The Prince was given a cartridge bag and the Duchess a caribou hide clutch with porcupine beaded fringe. These gifts were made by students at Dechinta. Dene political activist and spiritual leader Francois Paulette then gave a star blanket and a documentary film on the environmentally destructive effects of the Alberta Tar Sands, which are upstream from Denendeh watersheds.

    Finally, the Dechinta program gave a hand-woven ash backpack containing a selection of readings from the program. This was followed by a group discussion where most students had a chance to speak further about issues of settlercolonialism, Indigenous self-determination and the necessity of land-based higher education in the North. After the governance circle, the royal couple joined Paulette aboard a canoe to paddle to a nearby island for a dinner of locally harvested foods.

    In reading about this experience in the media, Dechinta students were surprised to find Paulette labeled simply as a "guide" and "village elder." Considering Paulette's political significance in the North, this characterization was seen by students as a racist affront. Among other achievements, Paulette's name is attached to the watershed case Paulette et al., v. The Queen (1976), in which the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories ruled that historical evidence suggested the Dene and Metis signatories of Treaties 8 and 11 did not consent to "cede, release and surrender" their Aboriginal title through the signing of treaty.

    The dynamic of inviting prominent members of the British monarchy to a place committed to decolonization was not lost on anyone at Dechinta. According to program leaders Kyla Kakfwi Scott and Erin Freeland Ballantyne, the royal couple was invited in part to reach an international audience to promote Dechinta as a program that provides students with a critical understanding of Northern needs and aspirations. They felt hosting the royals on Dene territory was an exercise in self-determination that might provide a critical opportunity to establish dialogue between the direct descendents of both Dene and the British Crown signatories to Treaties 8 and 11.

    This meeting was a chance to establish dialogue between these two parties about the importance of respecting the nation- to-nation relationship between the Dene and the Crown in Right of Canada. To leave the relationship as it stands would be to legitimize Canada's illegitimate assertion of sovereignty over Indigenous peoples and territories -- a view Dechinta challenges through rigorous research and scholarship.

    According to Dechinta students, the visit was a chance to get out the message that Canada has yet to seriously address the colonial violence Indigenous communities continue to experience on a daily basis. It is a violence lived by Indigenous communities as a result of not only land dispossession but also through an imposition of Euro- American values and lifeways. Education was an important vehicle of the colonial project.

    Dechinta believes land-based education can also provide a site for self determination. The hope was that the message being advocated by Dechinta would shine during the royal visit and it wouldn't collapse practices of Indigenous governance and self determination into a display of 'arts and crafts'. However, once the event was over and media reports hit the airwaves, it became apparent this wasn't the case.

    While this article may not correct the misinterpretation of the event propagated by the media, at least some record will exist of its true intent.

    Dechinta Bush University Centre for Research and Learning is a northern-led initiative to deliver land-based, university credited educational experiences. Led by experts, elders, professors and northern leaders, Dechinta seeks to engage northern and southern youth in transformative curricula based on the cutting-edge needs of Canada's North. To learn more please click here.

    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.)

    Tuesday, 12 July 2011

    Ron Wassink: First Supply Ships Arrive In Iqaluit #Nunavut

    Ron Wassink: First Supply Ships Arrive In Iqaluit: "The first sealift supply ship arrived in Iqaluit on July 5. Two fuel tankers arrived a few days earlier. Here's the story in pictures of those first few days
    of unloading a year's worth of supplies on Iqaluit's
    Frobisher Bay beach.

    Huge forklifts are brought to Iqaluit on the sealift ship.
    These big machines are the first things to be unloaded
    onto barges. The barges are pushed to the beach
    unloading zone.
    [excerpt] ..."

    Monday, 11 July 2011

    Re: Oxfam photo contest awards travel grant [Worldwide]

    Deadline: 26/09/11

    Photographers can enter an international competition.

    "Click About It" is a series of international photography competitions organized by the European Journalism Centre. The third edition, co-organized with Oxfam and sponsored by the European Commission, offers the first-place winner a trip to an Oxfam project. 

    The competition focuses on the topic of "aid." In this competition, photographers are asked to capture moments that show how people's lives and communities are being transformed. Whether in Berlin or Bogota, tackling poverty, health, education, gender, environment and agricultural issues -- photographers should use creativity to illustrate the concept.

    Each contestant can upload a maximum of eight entries to the competition platform but they must be added at the same time.

    First place wins a trip to an Oxfam project and the three runner-ups each win a EU€500 (about $700) Amazon gift certificate. A selection of photographs will be published in various Oxfam publications.

    For more information, click here

    (For more opportunities like this one, sign up for our free weekly newsletter.)

    Saturday, 9 July 2011

    Call for Submissions / Cinema Politica / 2011-2012 Programming

    Call for Submissions / Cinema Politica / 2011-2012 Programming / Montreal, QC / Deadline Date: Monday, August 1, 2011
    Cinema Politica is currently seeking submissions of independent Canadian works their Fall deadline of August 1, 2011.

    Cinema Politica is a non-competitive continuous documentary screening series with locations throughout Canada and abroad. A non-profit media arts organization committed to connecting audiences on campuses and communities to independent political and social issue non-fiction cinema. The majority of screenings occur during the academic year with two annual submission deadlines: August 1, 2011 (for the Fall 2011 Program) and December 1, 2011 (for the Winter 2012 Program).

    There is no cost to submit your work to Cinema Politica.

    Full submission guidelines can be found at

    • Works must be independently produced, with the filmmaker retaining complete editorial control.
    • Works must be in English, or with English subtitling if language is essential to the production
    • Works may be from any genre including fiction, docudrama, documentary, hybrids, etc
    • Works must be submitted in one of three length categories: 0-15min, 15-30, and 30+mi

    Please mail submissions to the following address:

    Cinema Politica Submissions
    PO Box 55097 (Mackay)
    Montreal, QC H3G 2W5

    If you would like to send a link to the website for the film, the trailer, or to stream a preview of the film, please send appropriate information to with "Submission" in the subject heading.

    For more information, email

    Friday, 8 July 2011

    WAMP Accepting Films & Videos to screen during 2011 #YZF #NWT Ramble & Ride

    WAMP is looking for films/videos to screening during the 5th annual Ramble & Ride, July 29-31st.

    If you have a film/video/or audio file that deals with Yellowknife, Old Town or the north in General, we want to see it! so contact us ASAP with the details of your video and we will try and fit it into the schedule.

    Jeremy Emerson - Executive Director
    Western Arctic Moving Pictures Film Society
    4916 49th street (basement of northway bldg]
    PO BOX 2487
    Yellowknife, NT
    X1A 2P8
    Ph: (867) 766-2586

    Thursday, 7 July 2011

    Hay River #NWT Steadicam Operator

    Hay River #NWT Steadicam Operator

    "...The weekend got the better of me! Like I mentioned, I've only had the Steadicam for a few months, so I'm still pretty new. All of my work up till now has been as an event videographer. I generally shoot and then hand the footage to the client. If I had more free time, I'd probably get into editing, but right now I just shoot. My camera package includes a Sony EX-1r, Sennheiser wireless mic package, Sachtler sticks, and a Steadicam Zephyr. I very seldom need a light package, so I rent those as needed. ..."

    "...I've been doing videography since I was in my early teens. As you can imagine, there's not a lot of this type of work down here. Just enough to pay for new toys. J I did attend the 2yr film program at Sait in the early '90's. Somewhere along the road I ended back in Hay River. Or as I like to say, "Life happens". I'm very easy to get along with and bring a professional attitude to any project.

    If you ever have any projects where you need an extra videographer, don't hesitate to give me a call. The summer months can be difficult with the staff taking holidays, but I try to fit things in.


    Craig Kovatch
    G.B. Superior Sound Audiotronic
    #3-4 Courtoreille St.
    Hay River, NT, X0E 1G2
    Ph. 867-874-6688
    Fx. 867-874-6788

    #GNAF Great Northern Arts Festival Artist Seminars July 17 ➜ 22nd 2011

    "Oh dear... apparently the following is a draft only" Curator

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    From: Great Northern Arts Festival <>
    Date: 6 July 2011 12:22
    Subject: Artist Seminars at GNAF

    Hello ladies & gents,
    I am emailing to check in about our artist seminars [...].  We'll be including this schedule in the artist welcome packages, and sending it out via email in advance.

    These seminars will be held in the upstairs room at the Midnight Sun Rec complex. [....].

    Thanks & Best,
    Sasha Webb

    Executive Director
    Great Northern Arts Festival

    Phone:  867-777-8638
    Fax:  867-777-8601

    P.O. Box 2921
    2nd Floor, Town of Inuvik Office
    Inuvik, NT  X0E 0T0
    signature size logo
    Sunday, July 17 at 10 am

    Artist's Commercial Development

    Harreson Tanner – Yukon Artists at Work (2hrs)

    Begin with YOU. How you present yourself is key to your growth. Creating a coherent body of work. Show examples and give reasons why this is important. Create an action plan! This should be a multi pronged blitz of important galleries both public and private, contemporary museums, trade shows, indoor and outdoor themed art exhibits etc. The creation of your work is about 25% of the job; the marketing of your work is 75%.

    Monday July 18 at 10 am

    The art of Self Promotion: basic skills workshop
    Jessica Vellenga – Community Gallery Coordinator (2hrs)

    In this workshop you will learn the basic skills needed to promote your artwork.  Topics will include an overview of different kinds of galleries and how to apply to them, how to create a submission package and how to write a CV.  Resources and examples will also be provided.

    Monday July 18 at 4 pm  

    Pricing your Artwork 

    Carla Wallis – GNWT Manager, Arts and Fine Crafts (2hrs)

    This workshop is aimed at helping artists and fine crafters calculate prices for their work to ensure they are receiving fair market value by teaching some basic elements on how to properly price artwork by taking into consideration all of the associated costs in the production of art and fine craft products.

    Tuesday July 19 at 10 am

    Internet Presence Training for Artists

    George Lessard – Media Mentor (2hrs)

    This workshop will enable you to promote yourself by learning, setting up and using Facebook, Twitter Gmail, Flickr, Weebly, PayPal and other social media. You will also learn how to manage and integrate their website, blogs, & social media to present yourself as a distinctive brand. You will learn the importance of online statistics and tracking in the marketing & funding of your work.

    Tuesday July 19 at 1 pm

    How to shoot your work for the Internet

    Leslie Leong – Professional Art Photographer (4hrs)

    Photograph your artwork use very simple techniques to photograph your artwork before you sell it and never see it again. Ideas for flat artwork and 3-dimensional art, using simple point & shoot cameras or SLRs. Bring your camera and plan to photograph one of your pieces.


    Thursday July 21 at 10 am

    Presentation on GNWT's Branding Logo and

    Carla Wallis – GNWT Manager, Arts and Fine Crafts (2hrs)

    The NWT Arts Branding Logo Program followed by an overview of will provide NWT Artists information about some of the current marketing initiatives offered by ITI.  ITI's programs and services are designed to assist NWT resident Artists with marketing and promotional efforts and this presentation will provide answers to some of the programming questions.

    Thursday July 21 at 10 am

    Looking Ahead: A brief introduction on ITI's new visual arts marketing plan

    Lynn Feasey, - Points North Creative 

    Building on the momentum and exposure that the Northwest Territories and NWT Arts received during the 2010 Olympics, and as part of the NWT Visual Arts Strategy, ITI has begun implementation on a new visual arts marketing plan.  This session will give NWT artists a brief introduction of the plan, its goals and objectives, and how ITI plans to achieve a greater awareness of NWT arts, territorially, nationally, and internationally.   

    Thursday July 21 at 1 pm

    Funding Panel Presentation with:

    ·      Debbie Matheson of GNWT Arts Council
    ·      Geraldine Manossa of Canada Council for the Arts
    ·      Rowena House, Nunavut Inuit Arts & Craft Association (2hrs)

    Each of the above delegates is an expert in their field, and will make a short presentation on funding avenues for artists. 

    Friday July 22nd, 11am

    Artists in the Park with Parks Canada

    ·      Eric Baron/Annique Sanche

    Parks Canada will present about their Artists in the Park program, held annually at Ivaavik National Park. 

    Tuesday, 5 July 2011

    The Northern Review, No. 33 (Spring 2011): Canada's Role in the Circumpolar World

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    From: Northern Research Network
    Date: 4 July 2011 08:35
    Subject: Special Issue - The Northern Review, No. 33 (Spring 2011): Canada's Role in the Circumpolar World

    From: Deanna McLeod []

    Special Issue - The Northern Review, No. 33 (Spring 2011): Canada's Role in the Circumpolar World

    The articles in this collection represent award winners of the Canadian federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Circumpolar Affairs Fellowship program.

    Canadian Leadership in the Circumpolar World: An Agenda for the Arctic Council Chairmanship 2013–2015, Heather Exner-Pirot

    Rising Above the Rhetoric: Northern Voices and the Strengthening of Canada's Capacity to Maintain a Stable Circumpolar World, Peter Kikkert

    The Arctic Linked to the Emerging Dominant Ideas in Canada's Foreign and Defence Policy, François Perreault

    Canada's Tous Azimuts Arcti c Foreign Policy, Joël Plouffe

    Political Climate Change: The Evolving Role of the Arctic Council, Alison Ronson

    Canada, the Arctic, and Post-National Identity in the Circumpolar World, Lisa Williams

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    Saturday, 2 July 2011

    Showing the diamonds in the rough #YZF #NWT #NWTSPCA #SPCA

    Yellowknife photographer raises money for SPCA through pictures

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    Kevin Allerston
    Northern News Services
    Published Thursday, June 30, 2011

    SOMBA K'E/YELLOWKNIFE - A Yellowknife man is showing the world how he finds diamonds in the rough while raising money for the Northwest Territories Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) through his photography.

    NNSL photo/graphic

    Alexander Legaree, who recently launched Coal Photography, said his picture, "I Was Here" holds a special place in his heart. - photo courtesy of Alexander Legaree

    Alexander Legaree launched Coal Photography on June 19, with the goal of showing ordinary things in new ways.

    "What motivates me is my innate desire to explore the ordinary and make it extraordinary," said Legaree through e-mail. "I want to look at things through a new lens and show someone something they have seen a million times before, yet have never seen."

    This vision also applies to the name of his company.

    "The name has a bit of a story … Carbon is one of the most common elements in the universe and is present in all known life and can take several forms – the most notable? A diamond," Legaree wrote. "Atoms so tightly packed together under intense heat and pressure that they form the hardest material known and something truly breathtaking to behold ... and another form of carbon is coal."

    As part of the launch, Legaree is donating $2.50 to the NWT SPCA for every "like" Coal Photography received between June 19 to June 28 on its Facebook page.