(For Immediate Release)
NWT – April 12, 2021
Since it was founded in 2015, the Collaborative has distributed more than four and a half million dollars to 270 projects in every region of the NWT. These projects have made numerous meaningful impacts, including but not limited to:
“Through the funding and continued support of the NWT On The Land Collaborative, we have been able to provide over 100 campers and staff with a certified guide during the 2020 camp season. We were grateful that our long time canoe guide was able to return for another season. The canoe guide knows the area and the campers very well and through the NWT On The Land Collaborative we were able to once again head out on to the water in a safe and enjoyable manner with our guide leading the way” says Zain Ali, Director of Camp Connections, a program of the Foster Coalition of the NWT that brings youth who have been in contact with social services an opportunity to spend time on the land.
2021 grants range between $3,700 and $40,000. The recipients are primarily Indigenous governments, schools, and non-governmental organizations. Small grant recipients include the winter camping excursion for students at Chief Paul Niditchie School in Tsiigehtchic, and youth and Elder rabbit snaring hosted by Setsi’e Frederick Daycare in Hay River. Medium-sized grants will allow NWT Métis Nation to host an on the land community culture camp, and make it possible for Mangilaluk School in Tuktuuyaqtuuq/Tuktoyaktuk to bring students dog sledding near the pingos. Large grants have been awarded to the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board for the Sahtú Youth Network canoe trip, and to support Dehcho First Nation’s community camp in the Edzéhzı́e Protected Area. In addition to financial support, funded projects may also receive equipment, training, and program support.
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