Government of the Northwest Territories and Indigenous Governments support mining and present a united front at AME Roundup 2019

Yellowknife — January 25, 2019
News Releases

For the third-year running, Cabinet members, Indigenous governments, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) officials, and Members of the Legislative Assembly will bring a shared vision of seeking economic opportunities through responsible development at the Association for Mineral Exploration’s (AME) Roundup in Vancouver, BC from January 28th – 31st, 2019 – a global mineral exploration conference.

Each year, AME Roundup features a full schedule of seminars, networking opportunities, and exhibitions for the delegation to participate in.  In addition, GNWT officials have meetings planned with key industry representatives and a number of events and announcements (link to schedule attached). These events will complement efforts to promote the importance of mining and the benefits mining brings to the residents of the Northwest Territories, industry players, and Canada, as well as contribute to our goal of building new relationships, strengthening existing ones and attracting investment and exploration activity.

Participation at Roundup is important for our government. It provides an opportunity to showcase our commitment to the industry and build on the recent economic symposium held in Inuvik where leaders from across the Northwest Territories agreed non-renewable resources — including mining and exploration — are essential to strengthening the NWT’s economic position.



“Our current economic situation demands that we increase our efforts to attract investment in exploration and development. The Government of the Northwest Territories is already working with NWT Indigenous governments to help bring the prosperity that our residents deserve and we agree that responsible resource development will be a major part of that. Together, we support and want to see responsible resource development projects that will benefit our people and communities and I am confident that our presence at Roundup demonstrates that.”

  • Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories

“The Northwest Territories has world-class mineral potential that could bring economic benefits to the residents of the Northwest Territories, industry, and Canada, and in the NWT we have the tools needed to manage mining development responsibly. Our unified front at Roundup sends the message to the mining industry that we have a territory that stands united in support of responsible development, ready to work together to secure those benefits for future generations.”

  • Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment

“It is important that the Government of the Northwest Territories continue to explore ways to diversify our economy, but we also know that responsible development of our natural resources has and will continue to be the single biggest sector of our economy. As the Chair of the Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment I am pleased to join Cabinet at Round-Up this year to show our continued support for mining in the north.”

  • Cory Vanthuyne, Chair of Standing Committee on Economic Development and Environment


Quick facts

  • AME Roundup attracts more than 6000 delegates from 40 countries engaged in finance, exploration, mining, and geoscience each year.
  • The non-renewable resource sector accounted for 32% of the NWT economy in 2017.
  • Diamond mines have provided over 27,000 person years of employment to NWT residents and have purchased over $14 billion in goods and services from NWT businesses since 1996.
  • Mining and exploration regularly directly contributes more than 20% of total economic activity annually in the Northwest Territories.


Relevant links

  Media contact Krystal Pidborochynski Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor Government of the Northwest Territories Phone: (867) 444 – 9684