On-the-land programs receive funding

Lutsel K’e Hide Camp Gathering. © NWT On the Land Collaborative

On-the-Land Collaborative, an initiative whose partners include local Indigenous governments, Tides Canada, the NWT government and private industry, announced a $1-million grant to distribute to 48 approved projects.

Projects include a hide tanning camp in Lutsel K’e, ice fishing in Whati, a healing program for the homeless in Behchoko, a spring camp in Colville Lake, a summer camp in Ulukhaktok, and a program teaching fishing and hunting skills in Tulita.

Projects must be an on-the-land program that delivers community benefits like mental wellness, cultural revitalization and environmental stewardship and have a good mix of elders and youth.

The program was created in response to a forum on mental health and addictions the territorial government held in every community in 2015.