Round Up Day 3: Indigenous Partnerships and Strategic Infrastructure

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January 27, 2023

The NWT’s unique and partnered approach to mineral development was foremost Wednesday at AME’s Round Up.

A networking event staged on the Conference’s busy exhibition floor provided the opportunity for delegates to connect with leaders and representatives of the NWTs Indigenous and public governments collectively.


The Tlicho drummers opened a gathering of NWT leaders at Round Up and provided an appropriate backdrop of culture, colour and song.


Northern and Indigenous companies have evolved and grown in the last 25 years to service the NWT’s mining sector with a robust, made-in-the-NWT business community that can provide everything from logistics to accommodations.

For registered businesses and companies willing to pursue partnerships and joint ventures and looking to connect with local and regional governments or service suppliers, it was a key opportunity to connect.


Strategic Infrastructure

Following the gathering with northern leaders, talk turned to the NWT’s infrastructure needs.

GNWT Minister of Infrastructure, Diane Archie opened an NWT-sponsored information and networking opportunity on strategic infrastructure initiatives in the NWT.


Minister of Infrastructure Diane Archie


Canada’s recently released Critical Mineral Strategy reinforces the importance of the northern infrastructure projects that will realize the territory’s critical mineral potential.

Ironically, NWT mines set to supply the elements essential to a net-zero economy today are still, themselves, primarily dependent on carbon emitting fuels for vehicles, power generation and heating.

The GNWT is advancing work that will, in part, allow the NWT to reduce its dependency on traditional fuels to power mining operations, but continued and additional Federal Investment will be critical to the success of these strategic infrastructure projects.