Yellowknife Geoscience Forum Opens

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November 24, 2021

The 49th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum convened virtually this morning and will run until November 26th.  This year’s COVID-influenced format combines live online presentations and panel discussions with pre-recorded, View-On-Demand talks of a more technical nature.

You can find the official 2021 Program Guide here.  

A guide (Abstract Volume) to all of the pre-recorded presentations and posters is available here.

In her opening address to delegates Wednesday morning, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Caroline Wawzonek spoke of a new chapter in the NWT’s rich and long-standing mining story.

Hon. Caroline Wawzonek (ITI) address the virtual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum


“There is opportunity in this post-COVID investment climate to take advantage of the re-set that is happening in the global mining industry, the new focus on ESG and, in particular, the demand for critical minerals that we now know our territory can provide.  The NWT’s rich, proven mining history gives us a great story to tell, and there is an exciting new chapter that is yet to come,” she said.

Read the Minister speech in full   

The Forum's live presentations include corporate updates from the NWT’s three diamond mines, and panel discussions on gold and critical minerals activity in the NWT.  Minister Wawzonek will return to the forum on Thursday alongside Premier Caroline Cochrane to participate in an interactive “fireside chat” with delegates.

Closely associated with the YK Geoscience Forum, the annual Charles Camsell Lecture will also be held on line this year.

Sponsored by the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre and the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG), it will be available free to the public on Facebook and features  Yellowknife resident Dwayne Wohlgemuth in a presentation titled Hiking the Thelon Esker: 40 days of travel across the Northwest Territories tundra.

Register for the Charles Camsell Lecture

The Yellowknife Geoscience Forum is developed and hosted annually by the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines in partnership with the NWT Geological Survey (a part of ITI).  This year’s virtual event was made possible, in particular, by funding received from the Government of Canada‘s Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).