Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 25, 2014 10:00 ET

Increasing Opportunities to Share Inuit Culture and History

Government of Canada Announces funding to Inuit Heritage Trust

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwired - July 25, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing financial support to the Inuit Heritage Trust for its Cultural Heritage Interpretation Training project.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister for the Arctic Council, and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, today announced $131,662 in funding on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Through this project, the Inuit Heritage Trust will:
    • undertake community-based research to determine existing resources in the cultural heritage sector and identify opportunities for professionalization or expansion;
    • develop a curriculum designed to meet the training requirements of heritage workers in those communities; and
    • deliver an intensive seven-day training course to heritage professionals working in Nunavut communities.
  • Project activities will take place in Iqaluit and various communities in Nunavut's three regions (Qikiqtaaluk, Kivallik, and Kitikmeot), with the training course planned for delivery in Rankin Inlet.
  • The Inuit Heritage Trust is dedicated to the preservation, enrichment and protection of Inuit cultural heritage and identity embodied in Nunavut's archaeology sites, ethnographic resources, and traditional place names.
  • The Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage 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.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to support this project, which will help preserve and share Northern cultural heritage. By developing interpretive programs tailored to their regions, local heritage workers will create and increase opportunities for all Canadians to learn about the unique cultural history of the North."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"This project will provide Nunavut heritage workers with additional tools and training to effectively share Inuit culture and heritage with residents and visitors alike. I am proud to announce funding for a project that will contribute to the growth of our culture and, by doing so, increase economic opportunities in our communities."

-The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister for the Arctic Council, and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

"Inuit Heritage Trust is very pleased to receive the support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose financial assistance will considerably contribute to the success of such an important project to promote and interpret Inuit culture to Nunavummiut and visitors from outside of our territory alike. Our Cultural Heritage Interpretation Training project is a keystone to communicate Inuit identity within and across cultural boundaries, which is essential to both the healthy growth of our northern communities and a fruitful relationship with people who want to learn more about our homeland."

-William Beveridge, Executive Director, Inuit Heritage Trust

Associated Links

Museums Assistance Program

Inuit Heritage Trust

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Francine D. Lefebvre
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage
    204-983-4367 / Cell.: 204-899-8611
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca

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