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Government of Canada Announces funding to Inuit Heritage Trust

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT -- (Marketwired) -- 07/25/14 -- 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

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Inuit Heritage Trust

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Contacts:
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
[email protected]

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
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