Minister Wawzonek Addresses YK Geoscience Forum

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November 15, 2022

The 50th Yellowknife Geoscience Forum formally got underway Tuesday with an opening ceremony featuring a traditional prayer song  by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation drummers and welcoming remarks from Chief Edward Sangris and Minister of Industry Tourism and Investment, Caroline Wawzonek.


YKDFN Drummers offer a prayer song on behalf of delegates of the 2022 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum / billbradenphoto  

Dubbed the “Minister of Mines”, when introduced by Master of Ceremonies Gary Vivian representing the NWT and NU Chamber of Mines, Minister Wawzonek looked back over the many important milestones achieved by the NWT and its resource industry since the first Geoscience Forum in 1972.

“In the 50 year-history of this event, the unpredictable, the unimaginable and the improbable have all become reality,” she said.


L-R Gary Vivian, Secretary and Tom Hoefer, Executive Director of the NWT and NU Chamber of Mines share a laugh with Hon. Caroline Wawzonek, Minister of Industry Tourism and Investment / billbradenphoto


“But the strong foundations that have resulted in so much progress and opportunity over the last 50 years are still here along with continued investments in geoscience, modernized legislation, new infrastructure development, and our leadership in ESG.”

Read the Minister’s speech in its entirety here.

On Wednesday the Minister and her Cabinet colleagues will meet informally with delegates on the Forum’s tradeshow floor at the multiplex.