Ottawa Contributes to Seniors, Environment and Arctic Winter Games

Northwest Territories MP Michael McLeod says Ottawa will be contributing towards three different sectors in the Northwest Territories.

According to a news release, the federal government will contribute almost $185 thousand dollars to the 2018 Arctic Winter Games Cultural Program.

The money provided comes from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund and will support the employment of visual and performance artists at the games.

That funding came after several N.W.T musicians criticized Arctic Winter Games organizers for asking musicians to perform without offering to pay them.

That policy has since been changed.

Ottawa will also invest in Northern Seniors who are working on projects to help benefit their communities.

McLeod announced that 15 organizations in the Northwest Territories will receive $331,687 for their community projects.

The funding will come from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) which promotes seniors involvement in the community.

In addition, McLeod announced more than $420 thousand dollars will go towards energy innovation in two Indigenous communities.

Working with the Yellowknife-based Arctic Energy Alliance, funding will be delivered over a two-year period.

The first year – $204,400 will go towards improving energy efficiency in homes in Jean Marie River.

The following year, a different community will be selected.

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Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at

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