Celebrating the Importance of Industry during NWT Mining Week

June 10, 2013
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YELLOWKNIFE (June 10, 2013) – Held this year from June 10-15, NWT Mining Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the crucial role that mining plays in our daily lives. The mining sector employs more than 3,000 people in the territory and its four producing mines contribute $770 million in annual spending.

“The mining industry continues to be a driving force of our economy,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment David Ramsay. “NWT Mining Week provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the hard work of people working in this industry, to recognize the importance of developing our mineral resources in an environmentally sustainable way, and to showcase how the mining industry benefits NWT residents.”

To ensure the long-term growth of a sustainable mining industry, the GNWT, in partnership with the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, is currently working towards the NWT’s first Mineral Development Strategy (MDS).

Another milestone for the industry was the release of Pathways to Mineral Development a report prepared by the MDS Stakeholder Engagement Panel earlier this month. The Panel was made up of mining experts, and their recommendations were a reflection of what they heard in the course of over 40 meetings held with more than 120 people and organizations from throughout the territory. The report includes recommendations to support a sustainable mineral exploration and development sector in the NWT – recommendations which are invaluable to the GNWT because they represent the collaborative voice of the territory.

By taking the opportunity to celebrate all the people and businesses that make up our vital mining sector, the GNWT is demonstrating its support towards having an economy that is strong and diversified, a key priority of the 17th Legislative Assembly.

For more information:

Alayna Ward

Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696