An Arctic Drum now stands on the geographical edge of the Arctic Circle 37km outside of Fort Good Hope on the winter road to Colville Lake.
The monument was officially unveiled on Monday in a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by residents of Fort Good Hope and the Sahtu region.
ITI’s Regional Business Development Officer in the Sahtu Nicole (Nicky) Richards captured the following images of the event.
A ceremonial fire burns while drummers offer a prayer song to open the event. The opening ceremonies included speeches from leaders and elders.
“The Drum is sacred to the Dene. It is held and played in honour of those who have passed on, or played in celebration. Today is a momentous celebration, as we participate in the official unveiling of this incredible landmark” said ITI Regional Superintendent, Marty Ann Bayha speaking on behalf of Minister Caroline Wawzonek.
Kasho Gotine Charter Community Chief Danny Masazumi, ITI Regional Superintendent, Marty Ann Bayha, and Yamoga Land Corporation President Edwin Erutse prepare to cut the ribbon
It was smiles all around as those in attendance celebrated the culmination of a project that began approximately a year ago.
“Projects like the Arctic Drum Sign become symbolic of the beauty and diversity of the NWT, and the progress we are beginning to see on the recognition and importance of Indigenous peoples and cultures,” Premier Cochrane noted in a letter congratulating the Fort Good Hope (Kasho Got’ine) Dene Band.
The afternoon closed with a traditional round dance.