August 9, 2019
For the last two months, the Departments of Education, Culture and Employment, and Industry, Tourism and Investment have trekked across the territory asking for your help to put the new NWT Arts Strategy into action.
The overarching themes of the new Strategy are: strengthening education, engagement and leadership; linking people and spaces; collaborating for sustainable growth; and improving opportunities for all. The action planning process set out how the ambitions of the priorities and objectives of these themes will be met.
You may have seen the brightly coloured posters, met some staff members at local festivals, or participated in a local engagement event.
The team visited Inuvik, Norman Wells, Behchokǫ̀, Fort Simpson, Hay River, and Fort Smith for public sessions. They walked the festival grounds during Hay Days in Hay River, in Inuvik at the Great Northern Arts Festival, and chatted with attendees of Folk on the Rocks and Ramble & Ride in Yellowknife.
Wednesday was their final public engagement session. It was held in Yellowknife at Northern United Place from 6:30-9:30pm. A full house of arts enthusiasts from around the capital shared their ideas.
A comprehensive online engagement campaign was promoted throughout the engagement period — including discussion forums for sparking conversation on key concepts in the strategy, and a short survey where participants ranked their most important priorities for putting a strategy into action.
The online engagement campaign wraps up on Monday morning, so if you haven’t had your say yet, click here to share how you think the GNWT can best put the NWT Arts Strategy into action.