YELLOWKNIFE (December 22, 2014) – The 2014 Energy Charrette Report was released today. The report summarizes discussions that took place among over 100 representatives from NWT communities, Aboriginal governments, industry, energy experts and other government officials on November 3-4, 2014 in Yellowknife.Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (December 22, 2014) – Minister David Ramsay, Government of the Northwest Territories Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations, and Willard Hagen, Chair of the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 19.
The MOU signals the intent of both regulators to work together to carry out their respective responsibilities while providing for a comprehensive and timely review of applications under each regulator’s jurisdiction. The MOU lays the foundation for cooperation in areas such as preliminary screening, mapping and geographic information systems, inspections and site visits, and training and capacity building.Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (December 19, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is proposing the creation of a mobile core conservation zone around collared cows from the Bathurst caribou herd. No harvesting of Bathurst caribou would be permitted in this conservation zone.
The proposal comes as discussions between the GNWT, political leaders from Aboriginal governments and wildlife management authorities to consider management actions for the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds continue. Progress has been made in numerous areas, but participants have not reached consensus on harvest restrictions for either herd.Read More
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YELLOWKNIFE (December 16, 2014) – The new Legal Aid Act will come into force on December 28, 2014, providing a framework for the delivery of legal aid services for the people of the Northwest Territories.
“Legal aid provides advice and counsel for those in our most vulnerable populations”, said Minister of Justice David Ramsay. “The new Act underpins the delivery of those critical services, both for criminal and family law clients.”
Replacing the existing Legal Services Act and substituting a Legal Aid Commission for the current Legal Services Board, the new legislation provides a modernized governance and operational structure for the delivery of legal aid services using an integrated staff lawyer/private practitioner model.Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (December 12, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met last week with Aboriginal governments from across the Northwest Territories to generate ideas for a 10-year culture and heritage strategic framework. This is a new initiative of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) which will help GNWT departments align their work with a shared set of cultural principles during the next decade. The framework will be the first of its kind in the NWT.
“Cultural identity is part of what makes Northerners who we are and supports personal and community wellness,” said Minister Lafferty. “Government has a responsibility to preserve, promote, document and present culture and heritage and ensure it shapes government decisions, policies and programs. Aboriginal governments have rights respecting their culture, language and heritage resources and it is essential that we work together on this initiative.”Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (December 12, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is congratulating FOXY (Fostering Open eXpression among Youth), recipients of the third annual Arctic Inspiration Prize announced Wednesday night in Ottawa.Premier McLeod spoke today about the importance of empowering young women in the NWT and the key role they play as our future leaders.
“Congratulations to FOXY and all the young women who have contributed to its success while participating in their programs,” said Premier Bob McLeod, Minister Responsible for Women. “FOXY’s unique approach to participatory action research brings young women together as peers to talk about their experiences and the challenges they face growing up in small Northern communities and turns that real-life knowledge into practical solutions that are in touch with Northern realities. I am pleased to see the value of this approach and the knowledge it can contribute to the understanding of life in the North recognized on a national level.”Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (December 11, 2014) – Traffic is flowing safely and reliably across both Dempster Highway ice crossings. This is the first year highway service to the Beaufort-Delta region has been interrupted for only a short time during freeze-up.
“For the first time ever, we have provided near-continuous highway service to Inuvik during freeze-up,” said Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu. “We operated both ferries 24 hours a day while constructing the ice bridges. This investment significantly increased access to the region. It lowered the cost of living, improved mobility and provided more secure energy resupply to the Beaufort-Delta during what has always been a time when reliable highway access was not possible.”Read More
YELLOWKNIFE (December 9, 2015) – The Department of Health and Social Services’ annual Drop the Pop campaign will soon begin in schools across the NWT.
This is the 10th year of the pan-territorial campaign, which is part of the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT) commitment to support Healthy Choices. Schools across the North that participated last year were eligible to be acknowledged with a cash award for their efforts to promote healthy eating and healthy lifestyles.Read More