Michael McLeod

Your member of parliament for

Northwest Territories

Michael McLeod

Your member of parliament for

Northwest Territories


RELEASE: Support for the Arctic Winter Games Cultural Program

February 3, 2018      Hay River, Northwest Territories      Canadian Heritage

Today, Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament (Northwest Territories), announced a financial contribution of $184,750 to the 2018 Arctic Winter Games Cultural Program on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

This funding is provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, which provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters) and organizations that offer support to arts presenters.

The Arctic Winter Games will take place in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, both in Hay River and Fort Smith, from March 18–24, 2018. The three interlocking rings of their logo represent the core values of athletic competition, cultural exhibition and social interchange.

The cultural component of the Games showcases the dynamic and diverse artistic and musical talents of the circumpolar Arctic, and the event has always been an integral part of the Arctic Winter Games.

Through this support, the cultural component of the games will showcase the talent of performing and visual artists. Presentations will include Dene drumming, Indigenous dance performances, folk music, Métis fiddling, jigging, and storytelling.

The cultural performances will showcase artists from the host communities of Fort Smith, Hay River, and K’atl’odeeche First Nation; as well as Canadian and international artists from Yukon, Alaska, Northern Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, Greenland, Norway, and Yamal (Russia).


“Our government is proud to supports events like the Arctic Winter Games, which highlight the incredible talent of Indigenous and Northern athletes and artists, while helping build a stronger circumpolar community.”
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I am thrilled to see Canadian Heritage step in to support cultural programming of the 2018 Artic Winter Games and hope to be able to see firsthand some of the performances and presentations. A strong cultural component will showcase the talents and skills to many Canadians and international participants alike.”
– Michael McLeod, MP Northwest Territories

Quick Facts
Through the CAPF, Canadians have access to a variety of professional artistic experiences in their communities.

Each year, the CAPF supports approximately 600 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to art presentation, in more than 250 cities or communities across Canada.

The CAPF has two main components – Programming and Development.

The CAPF Programming component has two streams: Professional Arts Festivals and Performing Arts Series Presenters; and Presenter Support Organizations.

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