Dates for Community Public Engagement on Cannabis Legalization

September 15, 2017
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE (September 15, 2017) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is hosting public meetings during the month of September to continue gathering input from NWT residents on cannabis legalization.

The input collected at the public engagement sessions will build on the responses already received from the online cannabis survey. Together, the information gathered will help guide the GNWT as we make specific plans, including developing the new legislation that will be needed for cannabis. 

The GNWT is committed to having effective measures in place to protect the health and safety of our people and communities and wants to hear from Northerners on the best ways to do it.

Sessions will be held in the following communities:

Fort Smith   - Monday, September 18

Pelican Rapids Inn - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hay River – Tuesday, September 19

Ptarmigan Inn – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Behchokǫ – Wednesday, September 20

Cultural Centre – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Community meetings were also held earlier this month in Fort Simpson, Fort Liard, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Yellowknife and Tsiigehtchic.

Those who wish to participate in a meeting in an NWT official language other than English are asked to contact (867) 767-9158 or email

Any residents who are unable to attend a community meeting but wish to provide input please send comments by email to or complete the online survey at