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Fur Harvesters NWT to showcase trappers and film industry

Press Release –

Hay River (June 30) – A new reality television series will debut tomorrow and is expected to increase awareness and understanding of the Northwest Territories’ traditional economy while providing valuable exposure to the territory’s burgeoning film industry that produces it.

Fur Harvesters NWT, will follow Hay River resident-trapper, Andrew Stanley, as he earns his income primarily from trapping fur-bearing animals.  Produced, directed, filmed, and edited solely by resident members of the NWT film industry, it is the first reality series of its kind and the third main-stream national TV show produced entirely in Yellowknife in the last two years. The Series is also scheduled to air in the NWT and Yukon on NorthWesTel Cable.

Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI), David Ramsay looks forward to the show’s premiere, saying, “Fur Harvesters NWT is as much a  showcase of our emerging film industry as it is of our world-renowned fur industry,” he noted. “This series will help provide context and information on our traditional economy, which is an important part of life in the territory, and I am proud to see a quality NWT-produced show that explores and celebrates it.”

Andrew Stanley’s self-documented day-to-day adventures on the trap-line have already drawn thousands of views on YouTube.

The Department of ITI is supporting the production of Fur Harvesters NWT with film funding from its Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED) Policy.  The production is also sponsored by the Fur Harvesters Auction, Canada’s primary wild fur auction and a partner in the Department’s Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program.

Through its promotion of trapping and the fur industry and by supporting and profiling the NWT and its film industry, Fur Harvesters NWT will support recommendations in the NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy which was developed to meet the 17th Assembly’s priority to strengthen and diversify the NWT economy.

For more information, contact:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696
Email: alayna_ward@gov.nt.ca

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