Giving our past a future.




The Organization

The NORTHERN LIFE MUSEUM & CULTURAL CENTRE  is legally registered under the NORTHERN ANTHROPOLOGICAL & CULTURAL SOCIETY which is a non-profit organization funded through various agencies of the Territorial, Federal and Municipal governments.

The affairs of the Society are managed by a board of eight (8) elected governors and nine (9) ex officio governors, one from each of the following organizations/institutions:
– Fort Smith Town Council
– Fort Smith Métis Council
– Government of NT – Industry, Tourism & Investment
– Salt River First Nation
– Smith Landing First Nation
– South Slave Divisional Education Council
– JBT Elementary School
– PWK High School
– Missionary Oblate

Members of the Board are nominated and elected at the Annual General Meeting. Individuals who which to become a member of the board must be a society member in good standing. (Pay annual membership fee. For more info on membership consult the membership page under the “ABOUT” tab.)

Members who which to be nominated must fill the form below.


The Northern Life Museum contributes to the unique cultural heritage of the North for the enlightenment and appreciation of all.


To share with local, national and international audiences, the distinctive stories, history, natural and cultural heritage of the region of Thebacha, the region influenced by the Slave River and its tributaries.


To collect, interpret, present, and preserve stories, history and natural and cultural heritage of Thebacha.  To encourage the cultural and artistic expression of the community.