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On The Land Collaborative hands $1M to 55 NWT projects

Last modified: November 19, 2020 at 11:21am


The NWT’s On The Land Collaborative says it has provided $1 million to projects across the territory for the third year in a row.

More than a dozen groups – ranging from the GNWT and Indigenous governments to banks, diamond mines, and charities – form the collaborative, which has existed since 2015.

This year, 55 projects are being funded. Each is designed to connect NWT residents with their land, culture, and community.

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Steve Ellis of collaborative member MakeWay, formerly Tides Canada, said the funding was intended to “make on-the-land funding accessible with as little red tape as possible.”

Grants this year range from $2,500 to $60,000. Recipients are mostly Indigenous governments, schools, and charities.

Examples provided by the collaborative include students from Tulita’s Chief Albert Wright School and Elders gathering traditional medicines together, and a rabbit-snaring program run by Setsi’e Frederick Daycare in Hay River.

Chief Jimmy Bruneau School in Behchokǫ̀ will organize two rite-of-passage camps, while the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation will use the money to host a regional on-the-land literacy camp and the Dehcho First Nations will stage a youth canoe trip.

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