Dehcho event celebrates artisans, businesses and locally grown goods

Aug 18 2015

FORT SIMPSON (August 18, 2015) – Residents and visitors in the Fort Simpson region had the chance to try their hand at everything from composting and garden maintenance to tufting and birch-basket making over the weekend as part of the second annual arts, crafts and gardening workshop sponsored, in part, by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment’s (ITI) Dehcho Regional Office. 

This year’s event included a petting zoo, an opportunity to buy and sell locally grown produce, and a multitude of free workshops.  The Dehcho Region was well-represented with artisans from Jean Marie River, Trout Lake, Fort Simpson, Wrigley and Nahanni Butte who showcased their skill and shared their knowledge.

“This event complements the GNWT’s approach to supporting made-in-the-north products and services and is a great opportunity for local businesses, artisans and community members in the Dehcho Region to take centre stage,” said Minister of ITI, David Ramsay.

A similar event will be hosted in Fort Liard on September 5.

Through its support of this event, ITI is helping to fulfill several Economic Opportunities Strategy recommendations to create opportunities for small scale agriculture, the arts and crafts sector, and business development.

Media inquiries:

Drew Williams
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696