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N.W.T. Indigenous Summer Games begin today in Yellowknife – CBC

‘There’s gonna be a lot of viewers and athletes from across the North,’ says Carson Roche, event manager

Jun 30, 2022

The 2022 Indigenous Summer Games kick off in Yellowknife Thursday, with about 120 athletes coming to town for the competition.

It will be the first time the Northwest Territories has hosted Indigenous summer games like this.

“It’s huge,” said Carson Roche, the event manager, about the competition. “There’s gonna be a lot of viewers and athletes from across the North.”

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Inuit artists gather for Alianait Festival in Iqaluit – CBC

Festival starts Thursday and runs through July 3

Jun 30, 2022

When Nuka Alice Lund drum dances, it’s more than just a performance. There’s a deeper meaning behind her drum songs that she wants listeners to understand.

“I spend all of my time and energy trying to explain it and also to give knowledge and a deep understanding of the drum songs I perform, so people don’t just get entertained,” she explained. “People are very interested, but they don’t know how to use the drum and many of them don’t know the stories behind the drum songs we are performing.”

Lund, who is from Sisimiut in Greenland, will be drum dancing at the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit this week, where she will be performing new drum songs she has created.

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Yukon University Brings “Indigenous Storytelling Series” to the Adäka Cultural Festival

The Adäka Cultural Festival is happy to announce partnership with Yukon University for its 10th anniversary.
YukonU is joining Adäka’s new Giving with Intention partner program to support the Connection Giving Circle. This new partnership between YukonU and Adäka will lift up the “Indigenous Storytelling Series” at the 2022 Festival and contribute to the research and revitalization of Yukon’s storytelling culture. The Series will see both Elders and emerging storytellers engage audiences in powerful and mesmerizing experiences as they share stories from their Indigenous cultures from July 1st to the 5th of festival programming.

The series will also include a presentation with the Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship on Tuesday, July 5, where the Children of Tomorrow will share that their vision of reconnection is Climate Action – for the next 50 years. Yukon University is also lifting up “We Are the Stories We Tell” —a main-stage storytelling evening on Monday, July 4 with world-renowned storyteller, Louise Profeit–Leblanc, featuring Yukon storytellers.

“We want to see storytelling come alive at Adäka, and through this partnership with YukonU, we will be able to continue the oral traditions of our people and community,” says said Katie Johnson, Adäka Cultural Festival Co-Producer. “This series will help foster a strong sense of belonging and identity, and strengthen mental health and overall wellbeing through powerful cultural connections.”

An important component of the partnership will see YukonU conduct research on the importance of storytelling in education, as part of the Indigenous Knowledge research program’s Revitalization Yukon Indigenous Storytelling initiative. Through the University’s Youth Moving Mountains program, five Indigenous youth, including several Yukon high school students, will be hired over summer 2022 and will participate in experiences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and Indigenous-led research approaches in partnership with researchers at the YukonU Research Centre. Daqualama Jocelyn Joe-Strack, YukonU’s Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge, will mentor some of these students to carry out research by documenting their experience and growth from attending storytelling during Adäka and reflecting through sharing circles. Following the Festival, the students will outline the importance and impact of storytelling in youth education and offer recommendations on how to support storytelling programs in the future as part of advancing YukonU’s Becoming: Strategic Plan 2022–2027.

“I am honoured to be able to contribute to the revitalization of Yukon First Nation’s storytelling by supporting the Adäka storytelling program through my Indigenous Knowledge research program. I believe our stories are essential in education, decision making and for everyday wellness, as they can change one’s outlook and understanding of life. I look forward to researching the impact and importance of storytelling in youth education with youth from YukonU’s Youth Moving Mountains program,” said Joe-Strack.

Storytelling is an oral-based educational approach that supports listening, personal growth, reflection and knowledge transfer; an important cultural tradition for Yukon First Nations. Long ago, grandparents and travelling storytellers would share knowledge with communities, especially children and youth. Today, space for storytelling remains fragmented and limited. Storytellers who hold knowledge have few venues to share—and young people in need of guidance are not being offered the teachings held in the stories. The co-presentation between Adäka and YukonU is creating space for and access to Indigenous storytelling.

Speaking of the new partnership, Dr. Lesley Brown, President & Vice Chancellor of Yukon University said, “YukonU is proud to sponsor the Adäka storytelling program in the spirit of supporting Yukon First Nation self-determination. Not only are we committed to the revitalization of storytelling, but we intend to explore the impact of this tradition on Indigenous youth and how we can include storytelling into today’s educational institutions to create an inclusive, just society.”

For more information, please contact

Tanis Davey
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Governance and External
YukonU Research Centre
867 332 8625
[email protected]

Katie Johnson
Adäka Cultural Festival Co-Producer
867 332 5283
[email protected]


ITK Board Of Directors Meets In Inuvik To Discuss Key Initiatives

June 29, 2022

The Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Board of Directors met June 23 virtually and June 28-29 in Inuvik, following a June 27 meeting of the Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee. The Board voted Wednesday to allocate the $843 million in federal funding from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada announced in Budget 2022 to support housing across Inuit Nunangat, by distributing the funds to each of the four regions.

Board members also voted to allocate $21 million in fiscal year 2022-23 federal funding from Employment and Social Development Canada to support Inuit Early Learning and Childcare (IELCC.) That money will be allocated to Inuit land claim organizations to determine how to distribute those funds, with the goal of ensuring Inuit families have access to high-quality, affordable early learning and childcare programs regardless of where they live.

The Board agreed to allocate more than $47 million in federal funding from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to each of the four land claim organizations, funding designed to expand the Harvesters Support Grant and a new initiative called the Community Food Programs Fund (CFPF) between 2022-2024.

Finally, Board members decided to recommend two names for new polar vessels to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard: Appatuuk, after Akpatok Island in Ungava Bay, and Imnaryuaq, which translates as “big cliff” in the Sallirmiut dialect of Inuvialuktun.

Board members heard an update on ITK’s submission to seek intervenor status when the Supreme Court hears an appeal on the constitutional validity of An Act Respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families. The Act’s primary objectives of promoting principles of substantive equality of Indigenous Peoples across Canada was meant to reconcile Canada’s past harms of colonial assimilation policies that eroded Indigenous language, culture and identity and caused significant intergenerational trauma and negative impacts to all First Nations, Metis and Inuit, of which has resulted in overrepresentation of Indigenous children and youth in child welfare systems that contributes to further loss of language, culture and identity. However, the underlying premise of Quebec’s arguments to have the substance of the Act declared unconstitutional is further creating a difficult roadblock to the reconciliation objectives of the Act. The application would be heard in September.

During Tuesday and Wednesday’s meeting, Board members also heard updates on:

  • the new Nutrition North Canada Compliance and Audit Review Committee, that includes four Inuit representatives tasked with looking at accountability concerns with the subsidy component of the federal program
  • the development of a National Inuit Marine Position Paper, which aims to look at marine management, infrastructure needs, research and Arctic sovereignty
  • ITK’s updated funding request to the federal government ahead of the 2023 budget, seeking resources to fully fund its work towards the elimination of Inuit tuberculosis by 2030
  • the Qanuippitaa? National Inuit Health Survey. Data collection in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region is now complete, while the survey has just launched in Nunatsiavut

ITK’s Board of Directors meets next in September 2022.


Canada Day’s cautious return – Nunatsiaq News

Barbecues, parades, traditional celebrations expected go ahead a year after many used country’s last birthday to reflect on residential schools

Canada Day barbecues, parades and parties are set to go ahead across Nunavut and Nunavik on Friday, a year after many celebrations were replaced with a day of reflection.

Last year, many Canadians spent their July 1 reflecting and mourning in response to the news earlier in the spring there were hundreds of unmarked graves at the sites of some former residential schools.

As Canadians learned more about the history of the residential school system, in place from the late 1800s to 1996, it cast a pall over traditional celebrations to mark the birthday of the country that created it as a way to separate Indigenous children from their culture and language.

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GNWT begins public engagement on MMIWG Draft Action Plan

June 29, 2022

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is asking for input on Changing the Relationship: the GNWT Draft Action Plan to Address the Calls for Justice on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

Over the coming months, the GNWT will engage with Indigenous governments, community governments, other partners, people with lived experience and all NWT residents to seek feedback on existing and new programs and services, planned improvements and new initiatives to address the Calls for Justice.

NWT residents can participate in this process by:

Providing written feedback. The GNWT Gender Equity Division is accepting feedback on the Draft Action Plan by email at [email protected]

Participating in a community meeting. A schedule for all public engagement sessions is available at:

For media requests, please contact:

Matthew Mallon

Senior Communications Officer

Department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs

[email protected]


Fort Nelson geothermal project enters testing phase – Cabin Radio

June 30, 2022

A second round of water testing for the Fort Nelson First Nation’s geothermal power plant is expected by next week, ensuring groundwater in the region can support geothermal electricity and heat production.

Owned by the Fort Nelson First Nation, the Tu Deh-Kah power plant will be BC’s first geothermal electricity plant once completed. It will use 120-degree water sitting 2,000 to 2,500 metres below the Earth’s surface to generate power and heat year-round greenhouses.

Project coordinator Jamie Capot-Blanc, a member of the Fort Nelson First Nation, is hopeful the tests will yield positive results and excited for the possibilities of clean energy production and local food sustainability.

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29th Dehcho Annual Assembly elects New Grand Chief

Łíídlı̨ı̨Kųę̨́/Fort Simpson- Delegates at the 29th Dehcho Annual Assembly elected Herb Norwegian as their next Grand Chief. Norwegian got the most votes through two rounds of voting. Former Pehdzeh Ki chief Tim Lennie was dropped after the first ballot results, which were: 20 votes for former NWT Premier Jim Antoine, 14 for Lennie, and 28 for Norwegian. The final round of voting tallied up 32 votes for Norwegian and 25 for Antoine.

“The Dehcho is back to normal,” Norwegian joked as he accepted the election results yesterday afternoon after delegates grilled the three candidates for 6 hours with a Question and Answer session.

This is Norwegian’s fifth term as Dehcho Grand Chief. He currently also serves as the co-chair for the Dehcho Land-use Planning Committee and Edéhzhíe Management Board. When Norwegian isn’t promoting the Dehcho or attending DCLP or EMB meetings, he is out on the land and waters of the Dehcho year-round.

“We will not hear government offers any more. We will be making them an offer,” Norwegian told delegates putting completion of the Dehcho Process as his top priority.

There will be a one-week transition period for Norwegian being briefed on files from outgoing interim grand chief Stanley Sanguez, starting July 1st. The Dehcho Grand Chief serves a 4 – year term of office. Norwegian was officially sworn in with the oath of office by Łíídlı̨ı̨Kųę̨́elder Rita Cli, shortly after the election results were read in front of the Assembly at the Fort Simpson Recreation Centre.

Dehcho First Nations consists of Tthets’éhk’edélı̨First Nation (Jean Marie River), Sambaa K’e First Nation (Trout Lake), Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation (Kakisa Lake), West Point First Nation (West Point), Deh Gáh Got’ie First Nation (Fort Providence), Pehdzeh Ki First Nation (Wrigley), Fort Providence Metis Council, Łíídlı̨ı̨Kųę̨́First Nation (Fort Simpson), and Fort Simpson Métis Nation. The 29th Dehcho First Nations Annual Assembly was from June 27-29th.

The DFN will meet again for a Fall Leadership meeting. The date will be announced at a later time. For more background information the DFN is on-line, on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @DehchoGohndi.


For more information contact:

Josh Campbell
Communications Coordinator
Dehcho First Nations
9414-100 Street
PO Box 89
Fort Simpson, NT  X0E 0N0
Mobile: (867)695-1556


New partnership initiative to support Yukon’s emerging Indigenous artists


The Government of Yukon and the Canada Council for the Arts are pleased to announce the creation and implementation of a new partnership initiative to support Yukon’s emerging Indigenous artists and cultural carriers. The Canada Council is partnering with the Government of Yukon to distribute $50,000 in funding to artists in the first year and $150,000 in the second year.

The project launch has been set for early 2023.

This two-year pilot project will expand Yukon’s funding administration capabilities, co-develop, and deliver additional funding, support a focused period of outreach and engagement for equity deserving artists and groups, and distribute increased arts and cultural funds across the region.

Co-delivery project to support Indigenous artists in the Yukon

The project grows out of a shared desire to develop new ways of supporting Indigenous artists and arts workers with strong Indigenous leadership and impact.

This partnership initiative will leverage the relationship developed between the Canada Council and the Government of Yukon in co-hosting the third Arctic Arts Summit, during which outreach, capacity building, professionalization, and mentorship for Indigenous artists were identified as key areas where the partners can work together to create change. This project aims to render the Canada Council and the Government of Yukon’s cultural funding more accessible to Indigenous artists and cultural carriers.

The Government of Yukon’s Tourism and Culture Department will recruit an Indigenous Outreach and Program Officer, based in Whitehorse, who will support Indigenous artists in applying for arts funding from both territorial and federal sources. The officer will engage and support Indigenous artistic practices and help build capacity to create, perform and export.

This project responds to the Government of Yukon’s Creative Potential: Advancing the Yukon’s Creative and Cultural Industries strategy and particularly its commitment to modernize funding supports and remove barriers to funding programs. It also advances the Canada Council’s 2021-2026 Strategic Plan commitments to strengthen its presence, interactions, and support for artistic and literary activity in the north of Canada.

More details on this initiative will be announced in the fall 2022.

With the 2022 Arctic Arts Summit being held for the first time in the Yukon, it is great to be able to announce this additional support for Yukon Indigenous artists. This pilot project will deliver new and more equitable access to funding and advance reconciliation by supporting First Nations in sharing their stories, knowledge and traditions.

Yukon Minister of Tourism and Culture Ranj Pillai

I’m thrilled to see yet another groundbreaking co-delivery initiative honouring Indigenous cultural sovereignty by supporting new artists and cultural carriers where they live and work. This new form of project delivery with the Government of Yukon will help the Council support the artists on their own terms. This arrangement deepens the Council’s relationship with the Government of Yukon as the prominent co-host of the Arctic Arts Summit in Whitehorse, a premier gathering in the North, for the North and by the North. This agreement highlights our co-development and co-delivery approach with northern partners in pursuit of a more just, equitable, and decolonized future for the arts and culture.

Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts Simon Brault

Quick facts

  • The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s public arts funder, with a mandate to foster and promote the study and enjoyment of, and the production of works in, the arts.
  • The Canada Council for the Arts grants, services, initiatives, prizes, and payments contribute to the vibrancy of a creative and diverse arts and literary scene and support its presence across Canada and abroad.
  • The Canada Council for the Arts investments foster greater engagement in the arts among Canadians and international audiences.


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
[email protected]

Cameron Webber
Communications, Tourism and Culture
[email protected]

Canada Council for the Arts
Communications and Engagement
[email protected]
1-800-263-5588 ext. 5151


Statement from Premier Silver on B.C. Premier John Horgan


Premier Sandy Silver has issued the following statement:

“I am sorry to hear that B.C. Premier John Horgan will not be seeking re-election.

“Premier Horgan is a dedicated leader that has always been a strong voice and advocate for British Columbians. This included transboundary initiatives with neighbours around important issues such as healthcare, transportation and energy.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Premier Horgan many times over the years and I have always appreciated his insight, steadfast spirit and commitment to working with his partners across all levels of government. Throughout his tenure, Premier Horgan has always been a supporter and an ally of the Yukon. Under his leadership, B.C. and the Yukon have forged a strong relationship that has helped advance reconciliation and real action on climate change for the benefit of all Canadians.

“I have learned a lot from Premier Horgan over the years and I will always value him as a colleague. His pragmatic, results-oriented approach has helped build consensus at national meeting tables, and his willingness to work across party lines for the benefit of citizens has served as a model of political leadership in Canada. Through his recent cancer diagnosis and treatment, Premier Horgan showed tremendous resilience and determination along with an unwavering dedication to public service.

I look forward to working with Premier Horgan during the remainder of his time in office and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors..”


Renée Francoeur
Cabinet Communications
[email protected]


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