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The Mineral Resources Act: What Can It Do?

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August 4, 2017

What It Can Do

The Mineral Resources Act would, at minimum, govern:

  • Mineral rights to explore and mine
  • Benefits to residents (e.g., royalties)
  • Reporting on mineral types and locations
  • Rules for staking and maintaining mineral claims and mineral leases

The current Mining Regulations will be replaced by the proposed Act. This will be informed by input from Indigenous governments and organizations, stakeholders, and members of the public.

What It Can’t Do

The Minerals Resources Act will not be comprehensive legislation. It is one piece in the NWT’s comprehensive co-management land and resource management regulatory system .The Act will not alter the following laws, regulations, and agreements already in place governing mining and exploration activities in the NWT:

  • Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act
  • Northwest Territories Lands Act
  • Mine Health and Safety Act
  • Fisheries Act
  • Species at Risk Act
  • Waters Act

Aboriginal Land Claim and Self-Government Agreements

No agreements or ongoing land claim negotiations will be affected by the proposed Act.

Regional Land and Water Boards

The authorities of the regional land and water boards are established under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. The Minerals Resources Act will be designed to complement their functions.

Get Involved!

Visit our interactive online engagement portal to have your say in public engagements for the proposed Mineral Resources Act. You will find a bank of resources on mining and exploration in the NWT, and even more information on the process.

For more information

Mike Westwick

Communications Officer

Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Government of the Northwest Territories


1-867-767-9202 ext.63039