Federal government continues investment in Yellowknife’s NACC

Last modified: January 23, 2018 at 11:14am

UPDATED: January 23 2018, 10:35 MT – see clarification below

The federal government has confirmed continuing investment in Yellowknife’s Northern Arts and Cultural Centre (NACC) and funding for the Folk on the Rocks festival.

The Association franco-culturelle de Yellowknife (AFCY) is a third beneficiary of Monday’s announcement, delivered by the Northwest Territories’ Liberal MP Michael McLeod in Yellowknife.

The announcement is a continuation of funding at the same level NACC has received since 2012, according to its executive director Marie Coderre, with the exception that the new contribution spans three years instead of two – providing financial stability over a longer term.


NACC will receive $190,000 per year for the three years, targeted at the centre’s performing arts series and storytelling festival. AFCY’s grant provides $120,000, split over four years, for its French-language “Plein feux sur la scène nordique” shows – which Cabin Radio understands is also a continuation of funding at the same level since 2010.

Folk on the Rocks is awarded $37,000 to help with this year’s festival alongside outreach activities, school programming, and off-season concerts.

The money comes from Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund. Canadian Heritage minister Mélanie Joly said in a news release: “Our government is proud to support organizations like these, which provide Canadians with high-quality artistic experiences in their communities.”

In the same news release, McLeod said the funding would “ensure that these organizations will continue to offer the valuable programming they’ve worked so hard to develop, while ensuring that northerners continue to enjoy the benefits of their efforts, talents and success.”

Clarification, January 23 2018, 10:35 MT: Our initial version of this story, based on the federal government’s announcement, did not state that the sum provided to NACC is in line with previous years and does not represent new money. The announcement keeps funding at the same level but extends the period of funding from two to three years, details not illuminated in the federal news release. NACC’s executive director clarified via Facebook that this is not “a new pot of money” but does add financial stability to the organization.