DAWSON CITY, OLD CROW, YT, July 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Vuntut
Gwitchin First Nation and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation will undertake
projects aimed at preserving and showcasing the rich culture and
heritage of the region, thanks to support from the Government of Canda.
This was announced today by Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), on
behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Funding will allow the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, located in Old
Crow, to research Gwich'in traditional navigation routes and land use.
This will include researching and documenting the Van Tat Gwich'in
historical and contemporary land to revitalize trails, adding signage
along the Crow Flats trail, and producing educational manuals about
traditional Gwich'in technologies and cultural systems.
Additional funds will allow the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation to
renovate the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre in Dawson City. Renovation will
involve applying a waterproof membrane to the exterior of the Centre's
round room and sealing cracks over a connecting walkway. Once
completed, the Cultural Centre will be able to offer year-round arts
and heritage programming and present exhibitions to visitors and
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
"Investing in arts and culture is central to the economic health of
communities across Canada," said Mr. Leef. "These investments will
provide residents from Old Crow and Dawson City with greater access to
"On behalf of the Vuntut Gwitchin Government Heritage Branch, we are
very pleased about receiving this funding from the Government of
Canada. The funding is very beneficial to our community of Old Crow,
Yukon. We have been documenting the oral histories of the Vuntut
Gwitchin, gathering information about life on the land, geography, such
as the Gwich'in placenames mapping places on the land, that hold
important traditional knowledge of our people. The elders have in the
past told us their stories of their whole way of life that is connected
to the land and animals on which they had subsisted, and those stories
continue on—we are still able to hear them today," said Mary Jane
Moses, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. "We are so very grateful for the
funding; without it, we would not be able to pass this valuable
traditional knowledge down to future generations. Mahsi' Choo."
The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) is focused on protecting its
lands and resources and ensuring the continued viability of its culture
and language. The First Nation is located in Old Crow, situated on the
banks of the Porcupine River, and is the only Yukon community north of
the Arctic Circle. VGFN co-manages two historic sites, Rampart House
and LaPierre House, with the Yukon government.
The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in (TH) is a self-governing First Nation in Dawson
City, Yukon. The Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in heritage department serves the
Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in people by preserving, celebrating, and expressing TH
culture and heritage.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $100,000 through the Museum Assistance Program toward the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. This program 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.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund toward the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation. This program seeks to
improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts
presentations or exhibitions. It is also designed to increase access
for Canadians to performing, visual and media arts, museum collections
and heritage displays.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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