Northwest Territories Fur Industry Takes Centre Stage
MONTREAL (April 29, 2008) – Speaking at the opening of the 2008 North American Fur Fair and Exhibition in Montreal, the Honourable Bob McLeod, Minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, endorsed the proud history of the Northwest Territories (NWT) trapping community and Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) support programs built on the time-honoured practices of passing on traditional skills and knowledge to the youth.“We have seen the quality and demand for NWT furs at auction increase. Today, fur from the Northwest Territories is recognized as some of the finest wild fur in North America,” Minister McLeod said. “The on going support and success that the NWT fur industry has experienced in the international marketplace is reflected in the benefits that are being returned to our trappers and their communities.”
Sales results from NWT’s fur sales totaled $822,000 at the February 18th auction of Fur Harvesters Auctions Incorporated and American Legend, up slightly from last year. Trappers from the NWT obtained top overall prices for this year’s auction of marten, mink, fisher, wolverine and weasel pelts, outperforming trappers from across the rest of Canada and the United States.
“It all bodes well for the trapping industry in the North, which was almost completely devastated just a few short years ago,” Minister McLeod said.
For many people in the NWT, trapping remains an important source of cash income and economic stability. The GNWT actively supports the harvesting and marketing of wild fur as a fundamental component of a modern and thriving economy. Continuing good auction results can be credited, in part, to Guaranteed Advances and the Prime Fur Bonus provided to NWT trappers under the GNWT – sponsored Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program.
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