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January 13, 2022
Improvements reflecting the views of harvesters across the NWT are one step closer as the review of a critical support program moves forward.
A What We Heard Report for the Community Harvesters Assistance Program (CHAP) review has been released – summarizing views gathered during engagement with harvesters, community members, Indigenous governments, Indigenous organizations, and others with a stake in the future of traditional harvesting in the NWT.
How input was collected
The GNWT held open house forums in 18 communities in addition to collecting input through online public surveys, direct emails, and an open phone line to hear what is important to support sustainable livelihoods.
In 2021 virtual meetings were held with Indigenous governments and Indigenous organizations to include their perspectives about what has been working well with the program and what could be improved.
The department of Environment and Natural Resources has identified eight important actions to improve the program:
Implementing changes to the program and creating guidelines that support these enhancements will roll-out in four steps:
“Supporting NWT harvesters helps support food security, local economies, and cultural wellness. The Community Harvesters Assistance Program has been a pillar of the GNWT’s support for decades – and as we evaluate and renew, I am confident it will remain a pillar in the future. We thank everyone who participated in this engagement – your input will help to ensure this program continues to support needs of harvesters today and in the future.”
– Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
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Government of the Northwest Territories