Minister Vandal announces investment of more than $1.2 million to support development of community museum

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

CanNor funding supports the expansion and improvements of the Yellowknife Historical Society’s Community Museum and Interpretive Centre

August 13, 2022 – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Museums and heritage places are spaces where a region’s history and culture can be shared for the benefit of visitors and residents alike. They are strong regional economic contributors, driving new interest and improving the experience of tourists who want to learn about the rich and complex history of the Northwest Territories.

Today, while in Yellowknife, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister for PrairiesCan and Minister for CanNor, announced investments of over $1.2 million, delivered by CanNor and Canadian Heritage, to support the further development of the Yellowknife Historical Society’s Community Museum and Interpretive Centre as a historical and cultural tourist attraction. Additional funding for this project was provided by the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Yellowknife Historical Society and the City of Yellowknife.

Federal investment supports Community Museum and Interpretive Centre improvements in NWT

This investment supports updates and improvements to areas such as accessibility infrastructure, installation of commercial equipment, electrical and mechanical upgrades, and the development of museum fixtures and displays. Many of those activities are underway with some already completed. As a result, the Yellowknife Historical Society will be creating two new jobs and adding two new revenue streams. This project will also enable the organization to enhance its contributions to cultural programming in Yellowknife.

Through this investment, CanNor is continuing to ensure that the tourism sector in the Northwest Territories is supported to grow, succeed and contribute to the diversification of the local economy.

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