13 NWT communities get federal funding to increase access to traditional food

Preston Kochon, age six, hauls his grandfather's fishing net while out on the land. (Photo courtesy of Sunita Kochon).

More than a dozen fly-in communities across the Northwest Territories will be getting funding to make it easier for residents to harvest traditional food.

The funding is coming from the Harvesters Support Grant, a new addition to Nutrition North. The grant provides $40 million over five years to Indigenous governments and organizations whose members are served by Nutrition North.

The 13 communities receiving the grant are:

  • Aklavik, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour and Ulukhaktok (through the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation)
    • $3.435 million over five years
  • Łutsel K’e (through LKDFN)
    • $126,197 over three years
  • Colville Lake, Délı̨nę, Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells and Tulita (through the Sahtu Dene Council)
    • $772,485 over five years
  • Sambaa K’e (through Samba’a K’e First Nation)
    • $126,197 over three years
  • Gametì and Wekweètì (through the Tłı̨chǫ Government)
    • $503,995 over three years

Communities can use the money for anything from new equipment and maintaining  harvesting sites, to training and storage. (A full list can be found on the grant’s webpage.)

To be eligible for the grant, communities had to lack year-round surface transportation; rely on air transportation eight months of the year; have an airport, post office, or grocery store; and have year-round residents.

More than 100 communities across the country will be receiving funds through the grant.

About the Author

Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com