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In early-2019, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Wally Schumann proposed the Mineral Resources Act as a Bill. If passed, it would become the Northwest Territories’ first-ever homegrown legislation governing mineral resources.
The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment has produced a collection of informational material to help understand what is being proposed, the basics of how that could look in practice, and the reasons why those policies were chosen.
Each of the themed sections here contains plain language information on key policies under the legislation.
Each section contains information on multiple desired policy outcomes. Some sections contain extra background information on concepts which might be difficult to understand to help provide context.
These sections are:
- The Basics
- Sharing Responsibility for Managing Land and Natural Resources
- Benefits for the Northwest Territories
- Building Relationships
- Working in the Public Interest
- From Exploration to Production
- What's Next?
If you prefer a print-friendly version, click here and peruse the documents in the folder titled "Understanding the Proposed Mineral Resources Act."
The Government of the Northwest Territories encourages NWT residents to take part in the legislative process, and provide their feedback when opportunities are offered.
After the Bill is introduced and read twice in the Legislative Assembly, the Bill will then be examined closely by the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment — a committee made up of Members of the Legislative Assembly who are not part of Cabinet.
This committee will have the opportunity to engage the public further as part of these considerations.
The Committee has announced the dates of public hearings on this Bill. See the chart below for the schedule.Date Community Time Venue May 6 Inuvik 7:00pm Midnight Sun Complex May 7 Norman Wells 7:00pm Melnyk Hall, Royal Canadian Legion Canol Branch #287 May 8 Yellowknife 7:00pm Legislative Assembly Building, Committee Room A May 9 Behchokö 7:00pm Kö Gocho Centre May 10 Fort Simpson 7:00pm Community Hall
To learn more about the legislative process in the Northwest Territories, visit www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/visitors/what-consensus/legislative-process
Michael Ball, Committee Clerk
Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Phone: 867-767-9130 ext. 12016
Senior Communications Officer
GNWT - Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment
1-867-767-9202 ext. 63039