New public libraries open in Fort Simpson and Behchokǫ̀

Sep 15 2015

FORT SIMPSON (September 15, 2015) – The Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment celebrated the opening of the newly built John Tsetso Memorial Library in Fort Simpson today, with Deh Cho First Nations Grand Chief Herb Norwegian, Łı́ı́dlı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation Chief Gerald Antoine, MLA Kevin Menicoche and Mayor Sean Whelly.

“Today marks an important occasion for the community of Fort Simpson,” said Minister Lafferty. “When a library opens or expands its resources and services it is an investment in the community and provides opportunities for community members to explore, learn, discover and grow. Libraries are the heart of culture, identity and knowledge, and integral to healthy development.”

In addition to the new space, the library has expanded its collection, added iPads with the digital language apps loaded on them, DVDs and new furniture for patrons.

“Libraries are the best literacy resources we can build,” said Minister Lafferty. “Across the North, libraries are critical to underpinning much of the work the Department of Education, Culture and Employment has underway. Language, culture and heritage preservation and revitalization, early childhood development, education renewal and skills development and training all have their roots in learning, researching and exploration. Having a library in a community will always contribute to the healthy growth and development of its residents.”

The school library at Elizabeth Mackenzie Elementary School in Behchokǫ̀ will celebrate its grand opening as the new community public library on Friday, September 25.

Media inquiries:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Education, Culture and Employment
Tel: 867-920-6222
​Email:  jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca