May 5 2015

GNWT and NWTAC Partner to Host Community Government Conference and Meetings

YELLOWKNIFE (May 5, 2015) – The Department of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) and the Northwest Territories Association of Communities (NWTAC) have partnered to host the 2015 Good Governance Conference and NWTAC Annual General Meeting in K’atl’odeeche from May 6-10, 2015.

“Working with our partners at the NWTAC has allowed us to build a week filled with valuable opportunities for learning, leadership development, networking and important planning sessions for community governments,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of MACA.

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May 5 2015

Report of the 2014 Fire Season Review now available

YELLOWKNIFE (May 5, 2015) – A report on the review of 2014 Fire Season Review was released today by Minister of Environment and Natural Resources J. Michael Miltenberger.

“The extraordinary extent of the 2014 fire season, with 385 fires, $56.1 million in cost and impacts on about 3.4 million hectares of forest resource, warranted a thorough review to determine lessons learned and identify areas where improvements can be made to our fire operations policies, practices and procedures,” said Miltenberger.

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May 1 2015

NWT businesses recognized with Frozen Globe Awards

YELLOWKNIFE (May 1, 2015) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay congratulates BBE Expediting Ltd. and Global Storm IT for being recognized with Frozen Globe Awards at the 2015 award gala held Thursday in Iqaluit. Annie Steen of BBE Expediting Ltd. in Yellowknife accepted the award for Best Aboriginal Business and Kirby Marshall of Global Storm IT took home the award for NWT Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Frozen Globes are presented annually by Up Here Magazine to businesses operating in the NWT, Nunavut and the Yukon.  The Government of the Northwest Territories Department of ITI is a major sponsor of the event.

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May 1 2015

GNWT donates to the Canadian Red Cross’ relief efforts in Nepal

YELLOWKNIFE (May 1, 2015) –  On behalf of all residents, the Government of the Northwest Territories has made a $25,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross’ emergency response efforts in Nepal. The Red Cross is providing emergency assistance following a magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, causing widespread devastation.

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May 1 2015

Ingraham Trail cabin lot ballot draw information package now available

YELLOWKNIFE (May 1, 2015) – Anyone wishing to learn more about the lots available in the upcoming Ingraham Trail Cabin Lot Ballot Draw may download a copy of the lot information package from the Department of Lands website: http://www.lands.gov.nt.ca.

In March, Minister of Lands Robert C. McLeod announced that recreational leases for 22 lots located in existing surveyed subdivisions along the Ingraham Trail would be made available this summer in an open ballot draw. “This responds to concerns and interests we heard during the Recreational Land Management Framework public engagement and helps to address public demand for recreational leasing in the Ingraham Trail area,” said Minister McLeod. “The department is hiring an independent draw master to conduct an open and transparent ballot draw on July 27th, 2015 as part of our ongoing commitment to managing land in the NWT responsibly.”

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Apr 30 2015

Youth Mentorship for Tourism Program launched

YELLOWKNIFE (April 30, 2015) – Northwest Territories (NWT) youth now have an opportunity to gain industry skills and hands-on experience by working directly with mentors in the NWT’s tourism industry.

The Youth Mentorship for Tourism Program, launched today by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment, will match NWT students and young professionals with experienced tourism operators and entrepreneurs and, where possible, result in full-time employment in the NWT’s exciting tourism sector.

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Apr 29 2015

GNWT and IRC sign Intergovernmental Agreement

INUVIK (April 29, 2015) –  Premier Bob McLeod met on Monday with Chair and CEO Nellie Cournoyea to sign the Intergovernmental Agreement on Programs and Services Cooperation and Coordination between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

“This Agreement will formalize the GNWT’s government-to-government relationship with the IRC and identify areas of cooperation for improving programs and services in the Inuvialuit Settlement Area.” said Premier McLeod. “We are committed to working together as partners for the benefit of the Inuvialuit.”

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Apr 28 2015

Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court and PARTNER program expand to Hay River

HAY RIVER (April 28, 2015) – The Domestic Violence Treatment Option (DVTO) Court has expanded to Hay River effective April 27, 2015.

Designed as an alternative court for people who have been charged with violence against their partners, the DVTO Court allows people to accept responsibility for their behaviour and enter the specialized Planning Action Responsibly Toward Non-Violent Empowered Relationships (PARTNER) program. Ultimately, the Court and PARTNER program have the potential to help many people break the cycle of domestic violence and learn how to make productive choices as they go forward in their relationships.

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Apr 27 2015

New recipes promote Fresh Fish from Great Slave Lake

YELLOWKNIFE (April 27, 2015) – Jiggling Lemon Trout and Poor Man’s Lobster are two of the seven new recipes available in Hay River and Yellowknife stores this week for residents shopping for Great Slave Lake fish. 

The promotional recipe cards are a part of a broader Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) initiative to strengthen the commercial market for NWT fish.  They were selected from almost 100 submitted by residents in January as part of a promotion celebrating the launch of the Fresh Fish from Great Slave Lake brand. 

“Our fish is among the best tasting fish in the world,” says Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay. “We are working with NWT fishers and the NWT Fishermen’s Federation to find ways to get the word out and expand the export and domestic markets for this NWT product. Increasing local awareness and demand is a critical first step.”

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Apr 27 2015

Minister announces exemption to Temporary Foreign Worker Program for employers in Yellowknife

YELLOWKNIFE (April 27, 2015) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty announced that Yellowknife employers have been exempted from restrictions on temporary foreign workers in the food services and accommodation and retail trade sectors by Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Pierre Poilievre. 

Since ESDC overhauled the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) in June 2014, employers in regions with unemployment of 6% or higher were deemed ineligible for the TFWP. This included the NWT, with an approximate unemployment rate of over 7%.

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