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FOXY Awarded $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize

Sexual Health Education and Leadership Program Expands to all Three Territories

OTTAWA, Dec. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The $1 Million Arctic Inspiration Prize has been awarded to FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), a community-based participatory action research project, for its knowledge to action plan to work with young women and men across the North to facilitate dialogue about sexual health issues, develop leadership and coping skills, and build greater self-confidence for making healthy life choices. more


When the Deh Cho Bridge opened just two years ago, on November 29 2012, it brought to a close over 50 years of crossing the Mighty Mackenzie by ice bridge and ferry.  Here is a book for anyone who has ever floated on or driven across Canada's longest river.

Bridging the Dehcho chronicles the history, colour and drama of the Mackenzie River Crossing at Fort Providence.  From the days of the ancient Dene to the establishment of the community in 1870, to the arrival of the highway in 1960 and completion of the Deh more

100 Years of Loss exhibit opens in the library - MacEwan University

Faculty members and their students tour exhibit chronicling the history of the Indian Residential School System

In early November, Kathy Davis opened the door to the Gray Gallery to reveal the large cylindrical displays documenting one of the darkest chapters in Canada’s history. From floor to ceiling in this intimate space, the “100 Years of Loss” exhibit, presented by the Legacy of Hope Foundation, shows the history of the Indian Residential School System from its inception through to more

Press Release

For Immediate Release November 7th, 2014


Western Arctic Moving Pictures and GNWT Department of Health and Social Services present:

Healing Film Tour NWT

Western Arctic Moving Pictures (WAMP) film society with funding and support from the National Film Board and GNWT Department of Health and Social Services is presenting an Addictions Awareness Film Festival package that will tour to 9 different communities in the NWT as part of Addictions Awareness Week in November, 2014. Filmmaker Dennis Allen will tour to the communities of Yellowknife, more

2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art

The Chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Awards and Recognition Committee has put out a call for submissions for the 2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art.

In their efforts to ensure that sport reaches the broader Canadian and international community, the Canadian Olympic Committee will be awarding the 2014 IOC Trophy in Sport and Art. They are calling for submissions of artistic works from now up until December 31, 2014. 

With the Canadian trophy, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) wishes to more

The NWT Cree Language Program is developing a Cree Compilation Album.

They are hoping to gather performers who might be able to record a song in Cree, and then include them on the album. It would then be distributed for free under their program. The NWT Cree Language Program can pay for travel, translators, recording time, licensing rights, publishing and distribution.

They currently have included works by KASP, The Johnny’s, A Tribe Called Red, Mary Cardinal, and the Iskwew Singers, but are hoping to gain some other suggestions for more regional artists that would be more

Akpik Theatre has Website!

The Akpik theatre company was established in 2008 and from project to project they grew.

This year it was their goal to get a website launched to share their growing projects with you!

Please take a look over what they have accomplished and what they have in development and feel free to share! more

Canada’s first True Northern Sketch Comedy Group Vying for $500,000

Inuvik Comedy pushing forward in ComedyCoup National accelerator

Inuvik NT- November 3 2014

Inuvik Comedians Dez Loreen, Brendan Callahan and Brandon Larocque are competing against teams from across Canada to win $500,000 and a CBC prime time special in 2015.

In August, Inuvik Comedy announced that they were entering the 2014 ComedyCoup accelerator. The ten week competition is hosted by CBC, Just For Laughs and CineCoup. Their entry is a sketch show called ‘North more

The Canada Council launches Cultivate, a funding program nurturing diversity in the arts.

Delivered through the Equity Office, there are four program streams with two upcoming deadlines:

December 15th, 2014
(Guidelines now available)

Sector Development for individuals and organizations from Aboriginal, culturally diverse, Deaf, disability and more

Scary times on Community Cable 20


Scary times this week on Yellowknife Community Cable 20 as we are pleased to present the following thrilling programming for your viewing pleasure:

Dead North Short Horror Film Competition 2014 - Featuring films by Andrew Silke, Mason Mantha, Lesley Johnson, Artless Collective, Dez Loreen, and Mitchel Wiles/Andrew Pacey in a well-rounded true North horror spectacular. Daily at 11pm this week and next.

Fur Harvesters NWT - In episode 5, the intrepid Francois Rossouw (very scary) makes a visit to Hay River more

This week Community Cable 20 is pleased to present for your late fall viewing pleasure.

1. Fur Harvesters NWT - the series everyone is talking about is on YK Ch 20/269 until the end of Nov with all 10 episodes in the season's amazing first season. Following the trials and tribulations of Hay River, NT trapper Andrew Stanley through a season a fur harvesting, the series is brought to you by the production talents of Maxim Bloudov and Artless Collective.

2. Edge TV - Brent Reaney from Edge YK magazine hosts the first episode of Edge TV featuring stories from the edge more

...and the winners are!
Yellowknife International Film Festival 2014 Awards
Best Feature Dramatic:                   
Maïna (2013) Dir. Michel Poulette

Best Feature Documentary:          
Tony Back from the Brink (2014) Dir. Mike Jaypoody

Best Short Film:                      more

Super Channel Development Fund: Call for Submissions

First Development Fund Deadline October 10, 2014

Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay-television network, is pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the next round of funding through the Super Channel Development Fund.

Super Channel’s next funding deadline is October 10, 2014, followed by a spring deadline of March 27, 2015. For more information on criteria, eligibility and the selection process, please go more

In the following Inter-Arts Office (IAO) bulletin, you will find updates on program information as well as details about upcoming IAO events and conferences.

Program information and deadlines:

Grants to Artists
1 May

Multi-year Grants to Organizations
15 November more

You are invited to joinThe Fort Smith Community Choir!

Thursdays starting October 2, 2014, 7pm – 9 pm

Practices will be held in the PWK Music Room. Please use the Rec Centre access.

Membership Fee is $25.00

Please contact Karen Zaidan if you have any questions:
zaidan@northwestel.netread more


Salsa dance lessons are starting up again! 


Great for people who have never danced salsa before. Come learn the basics!

6 weeks (Sept 30-Nov 4th)

Tuesdays  7:30PM-9PM

@ The Top Knight

Singles: $150

Couples: $250

WORKSHOP CLASS (for intermediate to advanced students)  Sundays

For those who know the basics. Come improve your spins, dips and musicality. This class will really dive deep into refining technique and getting those crisp more

Short Film For Submission

Lead-Man/Weetigo: 22-30 yrs, medium to smaller build, smooth and relaxed type
Man: 22-40 years, average height and weight
Woman: 22-40 yrs, average height and weight
Auditions: TBD (Yellowknife, NT)

Crew: Camera Operator/First A.C.
Production Manager/ 1st A.D.
Key Grip/Gaffer
Best Boy
Sound Mixer/ Boom Operator
Sound Designer
Band or Music Composerread more

Fall Schedule for Masterpiece Sundays-Art Classes for Kids

Tracey Breitbach is very excited to offer a new series of art classes this fall for kids ages 5-12 on Sundays from September 21st to December 7th

This fall she will continue to explore the styles of famous artists, with the addition of renown Canadian landscape painters( Ted Harrison, Emily Carr and Lawren Harris) and will top off the fall season with a special series dedicated to the art of some great children book illustrators and folk artists.

Also new this fall is a Sunday class for more

The YK Guild of Arts and Crafts has now posted the fall class schedule online!

Head to and check out the pottery and mixed media class and workshop descriptions.

Class Registration will take place on Thursday, September 11th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Guild, located at 113 Kam Lake more

Northern Images presents: crafts and socializing

Starting this week, on Wednesdays 6:30-9:30 pm, Northern Images Fine Art Gallery will be hosting a regular weekly drop-in "Craft Connections" evening where anyone and everyone is free to drop by to work on their crafts or simply to socialize.

The first drop-in evening is on Sept. 3, 2014.  This is a great opportunity to do many things. You can visit with others, bring a project to work on, or take a look at what other people are making. It is a great place to share skills, patterns and supplies. You can more