The Northwest Territories is the only jurisdiction in Canada which denies lottery funds to be used for the arts. Under current legislation, 100 per cent of our territory’s dividend from lottery sales goes towards sports and recreation funding.
The Government of the Northwest Territories is currently reviewing the Lottery Act and an e-petition has been created by Eli Purchase of Yellowknife to allow a portion of the funds to be used to support the arts in our territory.
Scott Clouthier is a filmmaker, editor and colourist based in Hay River, NWT. He serves as Executive Director of the NWTPMA