YELLOWKNIFE (November 27, 2014) – I was saddened to hear of the Yukon’s Alex Van Bibber passing away. Van Bibber was known all across the north and, up until he was 96, was an outfitter, miner, residential school survivor and honoured veteran. He continued to promote a responsible and thriving trapping industry in the north by teaching northerners how to use more humane trapping methods and the importance of protecting wildlife habitats.
Alex Van Bibber traveled all across the north and at one time he ended up taking a 500-mile trek breaking trail through the Mackenzie Mountains for the American army to what would become Norman Wells and the Canol Oil Pipeline project. Van Bibber kept a small vial of the first crude oil to arrive in Whitehorse from Norman Wells which he later donated to the Yukon Transportation Museum.Read More
David Ramsay – Building Capacity: Preparing for the Oil and Gas Industry (Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum)
Distinguished guests, Chiefs, honoured colleagues, thank you for the invitation to join you today. It is an exciting time in Canada’s oil and gas sector and in particular, in the Northwest Territories. I am honoured to be here representing Government of the Northwest Territories and participating in this panel.
Building capacity to ensure our residents and communities are prepared for development and the effects of that is a major priority for our government.
Experience has shown us that when development occurs, having the capacity to deal with this and make the most of it – is crucial. And more importantly, our people, communities and businesses must be positioned to seize the opportunities that will come.
To set the stage before our panel discussion, I would like to take the few minutes I have to give you some background on the North’s tremendous petroleum potential and the importance of responsible development. Then I would like to highlight the partnership approach our government has taken with our Aboriginal partners and communities that is central to successful development, and also share some of our government’s strategic initiatives that we are undertaking to help build capacity.Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (November 27) – The Government of the Northwest Territories welcomes Diavik’s announcement yesterday that they are proceeding with the development of pipe A21.
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay noted that the project will bring benefits to local communities that will translate into economic opportunities for residents and businesses across the Northwest Territories.
“Mining is one of the key drivers of our economy, and this announcement reflects Diavik’s belief in the long-term prospects for the Northwest Territories diamond industry and their commitment to continued sustainable growth in the sector,’ said Minister Ramsay. “Diavik has a strong history of ensuring local communities benefit from development and we are pleased with the focus on creating local employment and business benefits through the development of pipe A21.”
Government of the Northwest Territories
YELLOWKNIFE (November 27, 2014) – Northwest Territories (NWT) geoscientist Gary Vivian is the first resident North of 60 to receive the Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award from Geoscientists Canada.
Mr. Vivian is the President of Aurora Geosciences Ltd. in Yellowknife and Vice President of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines. He has valuable experience and a long career working in Canada’s north.
Geoscientists Canada announced that Mr. Vivian was the recipient in July, with the official presentation taking place at the 42nd Annual Geoscience Forum in Yellowknife this week. Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay was in attendance to recognize Mr. Vivian.Read More
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Good morning ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, fellow speakers, and respected Aboriginal leaders.
It’s an honour to be invited to the annual Aboriginal Oil and Gas Forum to discuss actions the Government of the Northwest Territories is taking to address transportation infrastructure needs in our territory.
It’s been almost 50 years since the federal government started constructing an all-weather highway through the Northwest Territories to the Arctic coast as part of its Road to Resources Strategy. A highway through the Mackenzie Valley was central to the federal government’s vision of a strong and prosperous Canada.
But construction stopped near Wrigley in 1977 after the release of the Berger Inquiry and the resulting moratorium on Northern oil and gas development.
Now, almost forty years later, the political and economic considerations that suspended the highway’s construction have changed. Northerners are now enthusiastic partners in the exploration and development of our wealth of natural resources.
An all-weather highway through the Mackenzie Valley corridor from Wrigley to Tuktoyaktuk is a cornerstone of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ plan for present and future economic development – the means to achieve our vision of a strong and prosperous territory.Read More
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YELLOWKNIFE (November 26, 2014) – World-class geoscience information will be made available to the public through the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) plans to build a Geological Materials Storage Facility.
The GNWT geological collection includes approximately 12,000 mining industry drill core boxes and thousands of rock, stream sediment, lake sediment and glacial till samples from field research programs and donated industry collections. Historic documents from mining properties and advanced mineral exploration projects also form part of the GNWT collection.
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay made the announcement at the 42nd Annual Geoscience Forum.Read More
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Good evening, everyone.
It is great to be here at the 42nd annual Geoscience Forum and to see how much this event has grown over the years. First of all, I would like to thank the talented Lee Mandeville for his great performance tonight. I would also like to recognize the Northwest Territories (NWT) and Nunavut Chamber of Mines and staff of the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment for organizing this important event each year and for the invitation to speak here tonight.
First of all, I would like to start by congratulating the award winners who were honoured at today’s opening ceremony.
Mr. Gary Vivian, the president of Aurora Geosciences received the 2014 Canadian Professional Geoscientist Award. He is the first resident North of the 60th parallel to receive this award, which recognizes the achievements of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the development, practice, and public recognition of professional geoscience in Canada. Congratulations Mr. Vivian on your success and well-deserved award.Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (November 25, 2014) – The Minister Responsible for Women, Premier Bob McLeod, issued a statement marking the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
“Today is an opportunity for us to consider how we can make a difference in the lives of women in our communities,” said Premier McLeod. “As Secretary-General to the United Nations Ban Ki-moon said, ‘Everyone has a responsibility to prevent and end violence against women and girls, starting by challenging the culture of discrimination that allows it to continue.’Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (November 25, 2014) –Working on Wellness (WoW) has officially launched in the NWT. The initiative is designed to help employers support their employees in making healthy lifestyle choices. WoW’s long-term goal is to reduce preventable cancers and other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
“We are very excited about the WoW program and its innovative approach to achieving our vision of the best health for NWT residents,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “A large part of our day is spent in the workplace. WoW provides workers with the knowledge and ability to lead healthier lives both in and outside of the workplace.”
Five NWT sites have signed on to pilot the program in their workplaces: De Beers Group of Companies, Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) and the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). Representatives from the five different stakeholders met to mark the beginning of the WoW program as it works to improve the health of people across the NWT.Read More