CanNor Invests in Nunavut's Traditional Economy

CanNor: $193,310 (over two years)
Government of Nunavut - Environment: $82,682 (over two years)
Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association: $12,500 (over two years)
Fur Institute of Canada: $6,000 (over two years)
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated: $2,000 (2013–14)
Fur Harvesters Auction Inc.: $9,700 (over two years)
Total: $306,192

The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) is investing over $190,000 to support the implementation of the Nunavut Seal and Long Fur Marketing project, in collaboration with the Government of Nunavut and other Nunavut partners. The project seeks to develop high quality products and expand the market for Nunavut seal and long fur products domestically and abroad.

Over two years, the Government of Nunavut's Department of Environment will deliver workshops in communities across the territory to develop skills and capacity, and will undertake marketing, promotion and advocacy initiatives to promote Nunavut seal and long fur products domestically and internationally. Specific activities include:

  • delivering fur workshops across Nunavut communities to build capacity and provide harvesters with information about the specific fur handling requirements of the fur garment and taxidermy trades;
  • producing instructional DVDs on pelt-handling for use by active hunters and trappers throughout the territory;
  • an advertising campaign in Up Here magazine to promote Nunavut sealskins;
  • updating the Sealing and Fur Photo Library to support ongoing marketing and communications initiatives;
  • developing a series of short Nunavut sealing videos featuring individuals involved in all aspects of the industry to increase awareness about the industry in Canada; and,
  • participating at industry events such as: the Fur Institute of Canada's communications and advocacy initiatives; the Sealing Committee Strategy Meeting; the Nunavut Trade Show and the Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association Summer Fur Sale.

CanNor Programs

This investment is made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) Program. SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor delivers on its exclusive northern mandate through funding programs, providing project management services, leveraging the federal role in the North, serving as a champion for northern interests, and undertaking policy and research.