In the Northwest Territories (NWT), the majority of public lands are governed by two territorial laws:
- The Northwest Territories Lands Act
Authorizes the territorial government to manage land. This law is identical to the federal law that was in place before the 2014 devolution.
- The Commissioner’s Land Act
A territorial law that existed prior to devolution and is designed to manage public lands primarily around communities.
Now that these two laws are under a single government authority, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) wants to:
- Harmonize the provisions of the Northwest Territories Lands Act and the Commissioner’s Land Act to standardize their application;
- Improve the clarity of legislative authorities;
- Update legislation by removing or amending outdated terminology or provisions;
- Reduce operational barriers to land administration;
- Ensure that legislation takes into account current practices, standards and risks;
- Clarify the rules for land users and be transparent about them.
Engagement feedback from June 20, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Results under review
This engagement was completed August 4, 2017
All of the input received was considered by the Department of Lands in preparing a Legislative Proposal to consolidate the two Acts to help shape a made-in-the-North approach to managing land in the Northwest Territories.
A summary of public comments and recommendations that were gathered through public open houses, one-on-one meetings, and online and written submissions have been compiled and published in a What We Heard Report.
Input was received from Indigenous governments and organizations, stakeholders, and the public.