Federal money will fund Nunavut heritage centres, website

Inuit Heritage Trust gets $190,000 in funding

By JANE GEORGE

Federal Heritage Minister Bev Oda announced in Iqaluit last week that the Inuit Heritage Trust will receive $190,000 for two projects – $90,000 to assist heritage centres in Nunavut and $100,000 to research and design a web site called "From Thule to the RCMP."

While making the funding announcements at the Nunatta Sunakuutaangit Museum in Iqaluit, Oda was reminded that Nunavut wants a much larger, multi-purpose heritage centre, but she made no official comment about the project.

The Government of Nunavut's capital projects for 2006-07 includes $1.5 million for planning work on this long-awaited Nunavut Heritage Centre.

The $90,000 for territorial heritage centres will pay for a second heritage training session in Ottawa on museum conservation and display techniques.

This past May, 10 centre managers from across Nunavut went to Iqaluit where they learned more about the basics involved in managing a heritage centre.

Rebecca Torretti, the manager of the Kugluktuk Heritage and Visitors' Centre, attended that training session. She said the two-week long course helped her better manage the centre's collections of clothing, books, photos, art and local butterflies.

The centre is intended to help local residents and visitors learn more about the history of the community and surrounding area, which includes the Coppermine River, and the Kuklok (Bloody Falls) Territorial Park nearby

But the centre, run by non-profit Kugluktuk Tourism Society, operates on a shoestring budget of $75,000 cobbled together from mining company contributions and federal programs.

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