What we heard report released for review of the Community Harvesters Assistance Program

What we heard report released for review of the Community Harvesters Assistance Program

Improvements that reflect the views of combine harvesters across the NWT are one step closer as the review of a critical support program progresses.

A What We Heard report for the Community Harvesters Assistance Program (CHAP) review has been released – a summary of views gathered during the collaboration with harvesters, community members, indigenous governments, indigenous organizations and others with an interest in the future of traditional harvesting at NWT.

How input was collected

GNWT held open house forums in 18 communities in addition to gathering input through public online surveys, direct emails and an open phone line to hear what is important to support sustainable livelihoods.

In 2021, virtual meetings were held with indigenous governments and indigenous organizations to include their perspectives on what has worked well with the program and what could be improved.

Key results

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has identified eight key initiatives to improve the program:

  • Clarify and communicate program goals
  • Clarifies and communicates ways to track how well the program is working
  • Look at ways that can make it easier to apply for support
  • Clarify and communicate program guidelines
  • Improve communication and deadline reminders
  • Look at ways to improve access to the program for people who do not live in their hometown
  • Look at ways to offer more training and support programs

Next step

Implementing program modifications and creating guidelines that support these enhancements are rolled out in four steps:

  • Now – The full report outlining what we heard has been shared with the public, indigenous governments, indigenous organizations and others who participated in the review.
  • Winter 2022 – ENR will seek feedback from the public on the actions identified in the What We Heard report.
  • Spring 2022 – Your feedback helps develop a plan for each action.
  • Autumn 2022 – Release final report, updated program policies and new program guidelines.

Quote (s)

“Support for NWT harvesters helps support food security, local economies and cultural well-being. The Community Harvesters Assistance Program has been a pillar of GNWT’s support for decades – and as we evaluate and innovate, I’m sure it will remain a We thank everyone who took part in this commitment – your input will help ensure that this program continues to support the needs of combine harvesters today and in the future. ”

– Shane Thompson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • The Community Harvesters Assistance Program provides traditional harvesters with funds to promote traditional methods such as hunting, trapping, and land-based activities.
  • Indigenous governments, indigenous organizations, renewable resources councils and committees apply for annual funding to support their members.
  • Since the program was first delivered 20 years ago, much has changed – from the climate, the environment, the cost of getting out and harvesting, and the price of fur.

Related links

For media requests, please contact:

Jessica Davey-Quantick
Specialist in communication planning
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Government of the Northwest Territories
Jessica_Davey-Quantick@gov.nt.ca

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