Canada’s 150th birthday belongs to us all. It provides an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate and learn about our country.

Below is a list of some NWT-related Canada 150 dates, activities and events going on this year. This listing will be updated as details of other events and activities become available. If your community or organization has a Canada 150 event to promote, we’d love to hear about it.


JANUARY

50th Anniversary of Yellowknife as the Capital of the NWT

On January 18, 1967, Yellowknife was named the capital of the NWT by Minister of Indian Affairs Arthur Laing. Hear him announce the decision.

January 18
Yellowknife
n/a

NWT Secrets Contest Launch

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, NWT Tourism is giving away 150 round trip Air Canada tickets to the Northwest Territories. Five “super prizes” will also be awarded that will take winners into each of the NWT’s five tourism regions.

January 20
National
spectacularnwt.com/secrets

FEBRUARY

“True North Calling” Premiere

True North Calling is a Canada 150 sponsored documentary series that follows the lives of several compelling, resourceful Canadians living across the North (NWT, Yukon and Nunavut), showing what it takes to make it and achieve their dreams, in Canada’s toughest terrain.

February 18
CBC TV (Fridays 8:30/9NT)
cbc.ca

MARCH

No events listed at this time.

APRIL

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

To mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 2017, commemorative events are held at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France and the National War Memorial in Ottawa. From sunrise to sunset the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories joins federal, provincial, and municipal institutions in lowering the flags outside of the legislature. In the Northwest Territories, a parade and a ceremony takes place at 3:00 p.m. on April 7th at the Yellowknife Cenotaph to mark this significant anniversary.

April 9
National
veterans.gc.ca

NWT Secrets Contest

Final winners of the NWT Secrets Contest are notified. In all NWT Tourism gives away 150 round trip Air Canada tickets for travel to the Northwest Territories before December 2017. Five “super prizes” are also awarded that take winners into each of the NWT’s five tourism regions.

April 13
National
spectacularnwt.com/secrets

MAY

REVEAL Indigenous Art Awards

A special event to honour the 150 recipients of this national juried award, created by the Hnatyshyn Foundation in this sesquicentennial year to honour emerging and established Indigenous Canadian artists working in all artistic disciplines.

May 22
Winnipeg, Manitoba
rjhf.com

JUNE

Canada Scene: Café Daughter

Yellowknife actor Tiffany Ayalik starts in this one-woman show by Cree playwright Kenneth T. Williams. Based on the life of Chinese-Canadian neuroscientist and Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter maps the hierarchy of racism in Canada, asking questions that any Canadian of mixed heritage might ask: Who am I? Who are my people? Who can I lean on when times are tough?

June 16-18
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
nac-cna.ca

National Aboriginal Day National Broadcast by APTN

The Aboriginal People’s Television Network broadcasts National Aboriginal Day Celebrations from all provincial and territorial capitals across Canada, including Yellowknife.

Did you know the NWT was the first jurisdiction in Canada to recognize National Aboriginal Day as a statutory holiday? Find out more.

June 21
All Canadian capital cities
aptn.ca
Live Broadcast

Race the Peel 2017 (Hamlet of Aklavik)

This will be a canoe race from Fort McPherson to Aklavik, Northwest Territories. The race will commemorate the canoeists from the 1967 Centennial canoe race, the 1970 race and the Mackenzie Race of 1989.

June 28-30
Ft. MacPherson to Aklavik
Aklavik Hamlet

JULY

MosaiCanada Canada 150 Horticultural Exhibit

This Canada 150 project, funded by Canadian Heritage, the Government of Quebec and the Ville de Gatineau, has involved gardeners from across Canada to build the mosaïculture artwork representing their respective province or territory. These pieces of horticultural art are on display as part of a major Canada 150 a major exhibit from July 1st to October 15, 2017.

A representative from the City of Yellowknife travelled to Laval, Québec in March to help build the muskox sculpture that will represent the NWT. Following the exhibit, the muskox will be given to the City of Yellowknife as a gift.

July 1 to October 15
Jacques Cartier Park, National Capital Region
mosaicanada.ca

Canada Day

Yellowknife will host a day’s worth of activities in Somba K’e Civic Plaza.

July 1
Ottawa, Yellowknife and Communities across Canada
Celebrations in Yellowknife

Canada Scene: Leela Gilday Performs with Buffy Sainte-Marie

Leela Gilday will open for legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

July 3
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
nac-cna.ca

Canada Scene: Concert by Quantum Tangle

Grey Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik perform on July 19 at the NAC Atrium as Quantum Tangle.

July 19
National Arts Centre, Ottawa
nac-cna.ca

BioBlitz Canada 150 (Nature selfie)

The Canadian Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Government of Northwest Territories, is hosting a series of BioBlitz events the NWT. A BioBlitz is a period of time (usually 24 hours) when the general public is invited to work with scientists to identify as many species in the designated area as possible. Help Canadian scientists collect new data and document new species! Information collected will help inform choices on climate change, loss of biodiversity and other important phenomenon.

BioBlitz Canada 150 (Nature selfie)

The Canadian Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Government of Northwest Territories, is hosting a series of BioBlitz events the NWT. A BioBlitz is a period of time (usually 24 hours) when the general public is invited to work with scientists to identify as many species in the designated area as possible. Help Canadian scientists collect new data and document new species! Information collected will help inform choices on climate change, loss of biodiversity and other important phenomenon.

AUGUST

Northern Canada Day – Canada Games Festival

The Canada Summer Games cultural festival organizers selected Digawolf and Leela Gilday to represent the NWT at the Northern Canada Day.

August 2
Winnipeg, Manitoba
canadagames.ca

BioBlitz Canada 150 (Nature selfie)

The Canadian Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Government of Northwest Territories, is hosting a series of BioBlitz events the NWT. A BioBlitz is a period of time (usually 24 hours) when the general public is invited to work with scientists to identify as many species in the designated area as possible. Help Canadian scientists collect new data and document new species! Information collected will help inform choices on climate change, loss of biodiversity and other important phenomenon.

August 2
Norman Wells
www.facebook.com/BioblitzCanada

“We took care of Them”: Celebrating RCMP Special Constables in the NWT

The “We Took Care of Them: Special Constables in the NWT” exhibit honours the Special Constables who worked with the RCMP, as well as the seamstresses, guides and interpreters who shared their invaluable skills and knowledge that often made the difference between life and death. Presented as a Canada 150 event, the exhibit is a collaborative effort between the GNWT, the RCMP and the people of the Northwest Territories who contributed their stories.

August 4
Yellowknife (Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre)
Press Release

BioBlitz Canada 150 (Nature selfie)

The Canadian Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Government of Northwest Territories, is hosting a series of BioBlitz events the NWT. A BioBlitz is a period of time (usually 24 hours) when the general public is invited to work with scientists to identify as many species in the designated area as possible. Help Canadian scientists collect new data and document new species! Information collected will help inform choices on climate change, loss of biodiversity and other important phenomenon.

August 9
Fort Simpson
www.facebook.com/BioblitzCanada

BioBlitz Canada 150 (Nature selfie)

The Canadian Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Government of Northwest Territories, is hosting a series of BioBlitz events the NWT. A BioBlitz is a period of time (usually 24 hours) when the general public is invited to work with scientists to identify as many species in the designated area as possible. Help Canadian scientists collect new data and document new species! Information collected will help inform choices on climate change, loss of biodiversity and other important phenomenon.

August 10
Yellowknife
www.facebook.com/BioblitzCanada

SEPTEMBER

Canada C3 passes through the NWT

Canada C3 is a Signature Project for Canada’s 150th. The centrepiece is a 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage. The expedition is divided into 15 legs ranging from seven to 12 days, each leg bringing a new group of participants on board to connect with communities and Canadians. The Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre is a C3 HUB, hosting a small exhibit where visitor can watch video from the voyage, use a touch screen to learn more about the ships activities and even share the experience using Virtual Reality goggles! (Goggles are available for use on Tuesdays from 4 to 5 pm and on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm throughout September.)

Leg 11 Sep 2-10 (Kugluktuk to Tuktoyaktuk)
Leg 12 Sep 10-30 (Tuktoyaktuk to Prince Rupert)
Location: Northwest Passage
Canada C3

OCTOBER

WISH150 Northwest Territories Mosaic

TakingITGlobal asked students from across Canada to share their hopes and dreams for the future of the country. The Wish150 exhibit featuring the NWT Bison Mosaic is the result of these emerging artists’ talents and wishes.

In the Northwest Territories, students from Deh Gah School in Fort Providence and K’àlemì Dene School located in Ndılǫ, were encouraged to create a mosaic to express their identity, represent their community and share their wishes for Canada in the next 150 years.

The NWT Mural project is linked to Explore150, an official Signature project supported by Canadian Heritage

October 6, 2017 – February 2018
Location: PWNHC
WISH150

NOVEMBER

50th Anniversary of the First Session of the NWT Council

The NWT Council (which would eventually become the Legislative Assembly in 1975) met for the first time as a resident government in the new capital of Yellowknife on November 13, 1967.

November 13
Yellowknife
GNWT 50

Opening of the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway

The Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada open a new 120-km all-weather highway will provide Tuktoyaktuk a year-round link to Inuvik.

November 15
TBC
ith.dot.gov.nt.ca

DECEMBER

No events listed at this time.