GNWT Releases What We Heard Report on Round 1 Engagement for the Public Land Act Regulations

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — June 8, 2021

The Department of Lands (the Department) has released a What We Heard Report following the first round of engagement on the development of the Public Land Act (PLA) regulations. The report provides a summary of feedback from the public and stakeholders and early ongoing engagement with Intergovernmental Council Secretariat members, Indigenous and community governments, and stakeholders.

The Department received substantial input through an online engagement platform hosted on the Department’s webpage and through virtual meetings. The engagement page was visited a total of 2,600 times and received over 200 comments, questions, and survey responses. Engagement letters and correspondence were also sent to Indigenous governments, community governments, federal government departments, and non-governmental organizations.

From December 10, 2020 to February 19, 2021, the Department sought feedback on issues with the current legislation, suggestions of what to consider in the new PLA regulations, and answers to specific questions regarding land pricing, tenure requirements, agriculture, quarry management and security requirements. Overall, participants expressed an interest in seeing new land administration regulations that provide greater public clarity, transparency, and consistency for dispositions of public land.

The results of the round 1 engagement, along with cross-jurisdictional reviews and additional policy research will be used to help inform the development of the regulations to bring the new Public Land Act into force. Engagement with Intergovernmental Council Secretariat members, Indigenous and community governments, and stakeholders will be ongoing throughout the regulations development.

The Department will be releasing the report on its website and sending a link of the report to the organizations that engaged with the Department between December 2020 and March 2021.

The report can be viewed at:


“I am very pleased to share the What We Heard Report for round 1 engagement for the Public Land Act regulations. All the feedback received is being analyzed and helping guide the drafting of the regulations. Developing new tools for managing land and natural resources is an ongoing commitment since devolution and these regulations are part of that ongoing work. The second round of public engagement is targeted for the Fall of 2021 or early 2022. This is an opportunity for NWT residents to contribute to decisions about NWT land and resources according to their priorities.

-Shane Thompson, Minister of Lands


For media requests, please contact:

Ashley Makohoniuk

Manager, Communications

Department of Lands

Government of the Northwest Territories

(867) 767-9182 ext 24058