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August 4, 2015
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (August 4, 2015) – The Fred Henne and Prelude Lake Territorial Parks were buzzing with activity over the August long weekend with events highlighting the GNWT’s commitment to a flourishing tourism industry.

July 28, 2015
News Releases

Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories Support NWT Highway Improvements and Community Economic Development Initiatives

Projects will support economic growth in the Northwest Territories  


July 28, 2015
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

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Good afternoon.

This technical briefing supplements today’s announcement of a funding partnership between the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Canada to deliver the NWT Highway Capacity Upgrade Project, valued at $96 million.

This afternoon, we heard the Government of Canada is contributing $72 million, that’s 75% of the cost to reconstruct identified sections of the NWT highway.

July 10, 2015
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (July 10, 2015) - The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has been working collaboratively with Aboriginal governments and is pleased to announce that it has a proposed approach towards the establishment of a Thaidene Nëné territorial park and wildlife conservation areas. The collaborative approach ensures that the majority of the land within the TDN area remains under territorial management to best meet northern interests.

July 8, 2015
News Releases

TORONTO, ON (July 8, 2015) – The Government of the Northwest Territories will be a signatory to the Climate Summit of the Americas Common Statement. Minister of Environment and Natural Resources J. Michael Miltenberger will sign the Common Statement on behalf of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) at the Climate Summit in Toronto, Ontario tomorrow.

June 16, 2015
News Releases

Northern Premiers’ Forum (June 16, 2015)—Premier Peter Taptuna, Premier Robert McLeod and Premier Darrell Pasloski met today in Kugluktuk, Nunavut where they discussed shared priorities and continued cooperation in building a better North. At the top of the agenda was territorial infrastructure, which is a key pillar of the Premiers’ joint document, A Northern Vision, and recognized by the three territories as a foundation of strong communities and resilient economies.

November 3, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (November 3, 2014) – Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty is recognizing the top-achieving NWT apprentices during Skilled Trades and Technology Week in the Northwest Territories happening from November 3-9, 2014. The week is taking place this year as part of 50th anniversary celebrations for apprenticeship training and certification in the NWT.

October 30, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (October 30, 2014) – In response to media interest about Japanese tourism statistics and activities in the Northwest Territories, the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is providing the attached information.

Questions related to ongoing search efforts for missing Japanese tourist, Atsumi Yoshikubo, should be directed to the Yellowknife RCMP.

Media inquiries:

October 23, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (October 23, 2014) – Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay today issued a call for nominations for oil and gas development on Territorial Reserve Lands north of 60° in the Central Mackenzie Valley and the Mackenzie Delta/Arctic Islands. All Aboriginal sub-surface lands established pursuant to land claim agreements are excluded.

All nominations must be received by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on November 21, 2014.

October 21, 2014
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (October 21, 2014) – Minister of Lands Robert C. McLeod announced today that the Government of the Northwest Territories is beginning work to develop a Recreational Land Management Framework for the Northwest Territories.

“Northerners have told us that they care about environmental sustainability and also want more opportunities to lease land near communities for recreational use,” said Minister McLeod. “Now that devolution has taken place, we need to ensure recreational leasing throughout the territory meets northern needs and priorities.”