Have Your Say on Affirmative Action in the GNWT

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — February 7, 2023

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is seeking input from Indigenous governments, Indigenous organizations, and residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) to replace its Affirmative Action Policy with an Indigenous Employment Policy and an Employment Equity Policy.

An Indigenous Employment Policy will prioritize hiring persons who are descendants of the Dene, Inuit, or Métis people, indigenous to the present boundaries of the NWT. An Employment Equity Policy will afford preferred hiring status to Indigenous Canadians, racialized persons, persons living with disabilities, members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community, and long-term northerners.

Residents are encouraged to complete the online survey available on the GNWT’s Have Your Say engagement website. The GNWT will host public engagement sessions in the following communities:

Feb 8 – Hay River

Feb 9 – Fort Resolution

Feb 21 – Tuktoyaktuk

Feb 22 – Inuvik

Feb 28 – Fort Simpson

March 7 – Délı̨nę

March 13 – Behchokǫ̀

March 23 – Yellowknife

March 28 - Fort Smith

More information on the proposed changes and how to participate is available at: https://haveyoursay.nwt-tno.ca/review-of-affirmative-action-policy.


For media requests, please contact:

Matthew Mallon
Senior Communications Officer
Department of Finance