FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2023
“I would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to the Yukon’s two winners of the Arctic Inspiration Prize. Both projects – N’’tsaÜw Chu’ Kedts’edán Kù Traditional Camp and Shäwthän Näzhi: Recovery Support Program – focus on issues that are important now and in the future; youth skills development and mental health support.
“I am very pleased to see these two projects receive this type of recognition on a pan-northern level, and wish them nothing but success as they implement these grassroots programs.”
--Leader Currie Dixon
“I am so proud of the team at Porter Creek Secondary School and their receiving of the 2022 Arctic Inspiration Award for the creation of N’’tsaÜw Chu’ Kedts’edán Kù Traditional Camp.
“As an Ambassador and an original Board member of AIP, I cannot express adequately the honour it is to see worthy projects be awarded seed money to complete their dreams and ideas. Well done and I look forward to visiting the project when complete.”
--Geraldine Van Bibber CM, MLA for Porter Creek North, AIP Ambassador
“The awarding of this type of funding to the Shäwthän Näzhi: Recovery Support Program will not only support the Kluane region, but many other Yukoners. I know Diane Strand is a committed community member and has volunteered with numerous organizations, and has served as a previous Chief and now a Village of Haines Junction councillor. She along with her team have put in many hours to develop this program. This prize will mean they can fulfill their goals of taking this recovery program to the next level.
“Congratulations to all involved with this important program. I know the Haines Junction community is extremely proud of this amazing accomplishment.”
--Wade Istchenko, MLA for Kluane