Premier Signs Contributing Territory Agreement as NWT Joins Vancouver 2010 Team

    INUVIK, April 2 /CNW/ - Premier Floyd Roland of the Northwest Territories
and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Winter Games (VANOC) announced today in Inuvik the Northwest Territories'
(NWT) participation in the Contributing Province/Territory Program.
    The agreement formalizes a number of areas for cooperation and provides
opportunities for the Northwest Territories to be promoted and celebrated at
the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, helping to make these truly for
all Canadians in all regions.
    "The 2010 Winter Games provides a remarkable international forum for us
to showcase our part of Canada to the world," Premier Roland said. "We will
use it to raise the profile of our territory's natural beauty and riches,
provide learning and leadership opportunities to our youth and showcase our
performers, artists and boundless potential. This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity to demonstrate to the world why Canada's Northwest Territories is
a great place to live, work and visit."
    The Northwest Territories has been developing a variety of projects as
part of its participation in the 2010 Winter Games and is taking a
pan-territorial approach with the Yukon and Nunavut to promote Canada's North,
showcase northern culture and history and provide opportunities for
northerners to take part in the Games.
    "The Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are a celebration
of all that our great country has to offer," said John Furlong, Chief
Executive Office for VANOC. "We are extremely pleased to welcome the Northwest
Territories as the newest addition to the Contributing Province/Territory
Program. This partnership is an exciting opportunity for the story of this
region and its rich heritage to be told on the world stage at what will truly
be 'Canada's Games'."
    VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP) enables the
Northwest Territories to:

    -   Organize an NWT Day at the 2010 Winter Games to promote our territory
    -   Participate in the Cultural Olympiad, which will include
        opportunities for NWT artists
    -   Promote tourism, trade and investment
    -   Encourage Aboriginal participation in the Games and preceding events
    -   Enhance involvement in the NWT portion of the torch relays for the
        Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
    -   Access VANOC promotional materials
    -   Use the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and
        Own the Podium 2010 logos
    -   Promote educational and volunteer opportunities relating to sport and
        culture, and encourage healthy lifestyles.

    About the Contributing Province/Territory Program

    VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP) offers a
structured avenue for provinces and territories to participate in the 2010
Winter Games. Under the CPTP, signatory provinces and territories receive a
package of benefits that create a close association with the Games, similar to
those of corporate sponsors. In return, participating provinces and
territories make a financial contribution towards the success of Canadian
athletes in 2010 through the Own the Podium 2010 program; culture and arts,
through the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad and directly, to staging
successful Games in 2010. VANOC developed this new program in response to
interest demonstrated by Canada's provinces and territories outside of British
Columbia to allow for greater involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games.

    About the Northwest Territories

    The Northwest Territories is a land of breathtaking beauty, untold
resources and exciting opportunities created by people of diverse and unique
cultures, and differing origins, all of who contribute to its vibrancy and
colour. Our environment is one of the last unspoiled wildernesses on earth.
The Northwest Territories has a promising future entrenched in a traditional
past. We have taken the lessons of our ancestors and put them to work in a
modern world. Diamonds, oil and gas, tourism, clean energy: these are just
some of the boundless opportunities Northerners are investing in today.

    About VANOC

    VANOC's government partners provide funding, infrastructure, essential
service support and management services to the 2010 Winter Games, which will
contribute to the lasting economic, sport, cultural and social legacies for
citizens and communities throughout Canada. VANOC's government partners
include the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the City
of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. The NWT joins other
members of VANOC's CPTP, which, to date, include Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island.
VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond, Surrey and West Vancouver. VANOC has also
signed an memorandum of understanding (MOU) with each Canadian province and
territory. VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and
staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in
2010. The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and
Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the
Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. To find out more, visit

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For further information:

For further information: Drew Williams, Cabinet Communications, Office
of the Premier, Government of the Northwest Territories, (867) 669-2302; VANOC
Communications, Katie Green, Media Relations, VANOC, (778) 227-6074

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