Jan 28 2015

Northwest Territories mining industry advisory board announced

VANCOUVER (January 28, 2015) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay announced that a new Northwest Territories’ Mining Industry Advisory Board (MIAB) is being established to help to ensure that the territory is an attractive place to invest in mineral exploration and discover new mines. The announcement was made at the AME BC Mineral Exploration Roundup in Vancouver.

“The Mining Industry Advisory Board will be a great addition to help to develop a robust mineral industry in the NWT,” said Minister Ramsay. “The volunteer board will provide advice to government to ensure mining regulation is in place that encourages economic growth while maintaining high regulatory, environmental and social standards.”

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Jan 28 2015

Premier McLeod discusses sustainable economic development with Prime Minister

OTTAWA (January 28, 2015) — Premier McLeod  met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss ways the Government of Canada and Government of the Northwest Territories can work together to promote responsible economic development and infrastructure in the Northwest Territories.

“Responsible development of the Northwest Territories’ substantial mineral and energy resources has the potential to contribute greatly to the Canadian economy and create jobs and economic opportunities for people at home and across the country,” said Premier McLeod. “I conveyed to the Prime Minister our position that sustainable economic development of the North is in the national interest and talked about the need for investment in nation-building infrastructure projects that will enable us to turn northern potential into national prosperity.”

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Jan 28 2015

Political Leaders Support Management Actions for Bathurst and Bluenose-East Caribou Herds

YELLOWKNIFE (January 28, 2015) – Political leaders from the Northwest Territories, Aboriginal Governments and wildlife management authorities have worked together on management actions including the establishment of a mobile conservation area to protect the Bathurst caribou herd and a limited harvest to help conserve the Bluenose-East herd.

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Jan 26 2015

Premier and Cabinet takes its message to Ottawa with NWT Days

YELLOWKNIFE (January 26, 2015) – Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories, will lead a delegation to Ottawa for a series of meetings and events with federal ministers from January 29-31, 2015.

Premier McLeod will be accompanied by his entire Cabinet, Members of the Legislative Assembly, NWT Aboriginal government leaders and NWT business leaders. The delegation’s meetings will focus on the NWT’s potential to contribute to the national economy through responsible development of its natural resources and the need for nation building infrastructure investments to support economic growth.

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Jan 22 2015

GNWT advances Fur Institute of Canada Agreement in China

BEIJING (January 22, 2015 ) – As  a founding member of the Fur Institute of Canada (FIC), the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) advanced a proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the FIC and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

The agreement was formally endorsed last week by Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, David Ramsay, to CPAFFC Chairman, Yao Mingyu, and Vice Chairman, Hu Sishe. Under the agreement, educational and promotional products developed in Canada would help to improve the perceptions and trade of fur products within the Chinese marketplace.

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Jan 21 2015

NWT trade mission promotes tourism in China and Japan

TOKYO (January 21, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod and Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment  (ITI) David Ramsay are concluding their trade and investment mission to China and Japan this week with a focus on tourism. On January 20, they hosted a “Rare in Nature” reception and fashion show at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, showcasing the NWT’s magnificent aurora and highly prized luxury resources.

“Beautiful wild furs will keep you warm for hours while you watch the northern lights from any part of the Northwest Territories,” said Premier McLeod. “The north provides a magical experience and our dedicated tour operators have years of experience in catering to Japanese and Chinese tourists’ needs.”

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Jan 21 2015

Sport, recreation and physical activity partners meet

YELLOWKNIFE (January 21, 2015) – Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) Robert C. McLeod met with Northwest Territories (NWT) sport and recreation non-government organizations January 10-11 to discuss future plans and opportunities. Discussions included a review of current priorities and how MACA can support the sector. These discussions will contribute to the development of recommendations for consideration by the 18th Legislative Assembly.

“I was very pleased with the commitment and dedication shown by all of the delegates and the quality of discussion,” said Minister McLeod. “I look forward to continuing to work with our partners to support sport and recreation in the NWT.”

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Jan 15 2015

Results of Budget Dialogue 2014 Released

YELLOWKNIFE (January 15, 2015) – Participants in the 2014 Budget Dialogue expressed satisfaction with the Government of the Northwest Territories’ (GNWT’s) fiscal strategy to manage program expenditure pressures to help fund infrastructure investments and supportive of increasing revenues over the longer term through economic and population growth according to the Budget Dialogue report released today by Minister of Finance J. Michael Miltenberger. The report summarizes what was heard from the almost 100 Northerners who attended the public sessions held last fall in the seven regional centres and in 11 written submissions.

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Jan 13 2015

NWT minimum wage to increase to one of the highest in Canada

YELLOWKNIFE (January 13, 2015) – Minister or Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty announced a substantial increase to the Northwest Territories minimum wage today.

Effective June 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase from $10.00 per hour to $12.50 per hour, giving the NWT one of the highest minimum wages in Canada. The increase was based on findings from the Minimum Wage Committee, appointed by Minister Lafferty in 2013 to research, engage stakeholders and provide options on the minimum wage rate in the NWT.

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Jan 8 2015

Call for Nominations for the 2014 NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards

YELLOWKNIFE (January 8, 2015) – Earlier this week, Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), announced a call for nominations for the Northwest Territories (NWT) Outstanding Volunteer Awards. This year marks the 25th year of this award, which recognizes the remarkable contributions volunteers make in communities across the Northwest Territories (NWT).

Residents are encouraged to nominate a youth, elder, group or outstanding volunteer in their communities. This program acknowledges individuals who donate their time to improve the quality of life for NWT residents.

“We have a strong volunteer sector with committed people doing great work in our communities,” said Minister McLeod. “The Government of the NWT supports volunteers and their work, and encourages more people to get involved. Strong volunteers build strong communities.”

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