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September 02, 2009
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Bob McLeod extends his congratulations today to two Northwest Territories trappers honoured with prestigious awards from the Fur Institute of Canada (FIC).Robert Alexie of Ft. McPherson was presented the Jim Bourque Award for his devotion to the principles of sustainable use of wildlife resources, improved animal welfare, the furthering of indigenous people’s cultures and the vital stewardship role that trappers play in the conservation of our wildlife resources.
Glen Guthrie of Norman Wells was awarded the Lloyd Cook Award recognizing his commitment to excellence in trapping, trapper education and public understanding of wildlife management. Mr. Guthrie facilitates and coordinates school projects with elders and trappers that focus on traditional wildlife economy helping to ensure that young people maintain ties to the region’s wildlife resources and to their Dene and Mètis culture.
“Mr. Alexie and Mr. Guthrie have shown remarkable commitment and leadership in the support of the Canadian Fur Industry and the traditional lifestyle of Aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories,” the Minister notes.
The FIC makes a practice of annually recognizing outstanding individual achievements in the Canadian Trapping Industry. Minister McLeod, himself, is a former recipient of the Jim Bourque Award and previously served as Vice President of the organization.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment aims to improve local traditional economies and provide residents with the opportunity to pursue traditional livelihoods – the benefits of which are often measured in non-economic values.
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