The Premier and Cabinet join GNWT delegates and Indigenous governments at Roundup 2020, signaling their priority to increase resource exploration and development is at the forefront

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Yellowknife — January 16, 2020

This weekend, Cabinet members, Indigenous governments and Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) officials will head to Vancouver for AME Mineral Roundup – one of Canada’s largest mining conferences.

The19th Legislative Assembly has identified increasing resource exploration and development as a priority.  As Cabinet finalizes their Mandate, participation in this event demonstrates their commitment to the priority and to working in partnership with Indigenous governments and stakeholders to advocate and voice support for this sector.

Each year, delegations benefit from a full schedule that includes seminars, networking opportunities and exhibitions featured at the event.  In addition, GNWT officials look forward to meeting with key industry representatives and participating in a number of events and announcements that will contribute to our goal of building new relationships, strengthening existing ones and attracting investment and exploration activity.


“The Northwest Territories is rich in resource potential – including minerals that will fuel the global green economy and support climate change efforts. Mining and exploration is also the biggest source of private sector jobs and income for our residents and we are committed to doing our part to support the health of the sector.”

 - Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories 

“Attendance at AME Roundup has proved valuable for the GNWT in past years and I am looking forward to continuing that tradition, meeting with junior explorers and sharing knowledge about the Northwest Territories to potential investors. Priority projects such as the Slave Geological Province and Taltson Hydro Expansion aren’t just good for the NWT – they are also opportunities for investors and those who choose to invest in the future of the Northwest Territories will benefit from our prosperity and development.”

 - Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and  

“A priority of the GNWT is to have a balanced, consistent, and coordinated regulatory process that supports responsible development and protects the environment. As one of the Ministers responsible, I am committed to implementing a predictable and northern-designed regulatory process that functions in the best interest of the NWT.”

 - Shane Thompson, Minister of Lands and Environment and Natural Resources


Quick facts

·       Vancouver is the home base for many of the mining sector’s junior exploration companies and their financiers, many of which attend AME Roundup each year. 

 ·       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.


·       Mining and exploration regularly directly contributes more than 20% of total economic activity annually in the Northwest Territories.


Related links

·       GNWT Participation at AME Roundup

·       Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

·       AME Roundup 2020


Media requests

Krystal Pidborochynski     

Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor

Government of the Northwest Territories

Ph: 867-444-9684