YELLOWKNIFE (December 7, 2018) – The Government of the Northwest Territories is reporting on work completed under the bilateral water management agreement signed with British Columbia.
Population surveys carried out this summer by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on the Bathurst and Bluenose-East caribou herds show caribou numbers continue to decline significantly.
Surveys done in June 2018 indicate the number of animals in the Bathurst herd has dropped from about 20,000 in 2015 to approximately 8,200 in 2018. At its peak in 1986, the size of the herd was estimated at more than 470,000 caribou. The Bluenose-East herd has also declined from approximately 39,000 animals in 2015 to roughly 19,300 caribou.
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Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories has a mandate commitment to support the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program or NWT CIMP. This program is a research and monitoring program to help understand environmental trends and the cumulative impacts of both human and natural changes.
Mr. Speaker, 2018’s fire season was well below-average for the Northwest Territories. A total of 56 fires were reported, affecting 13,222 hectares. In comparison, there were 249 fires and just over 860 thousand hectares burned in 2017. The 25-year average is 231 fires and about 686 thousand hectares burned each fire season.
YELLOWKNIFE (September 5, 2018) – Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Robert C. McLeod would like to thank NWT wildland fire crews and other employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) for their efforts during this fire season.
August 7, 2018, Yellowknife, NT – The Government of the Northwest Territories and Government of Canada are advising residents of a low health risk associated with some activities on the former Pine Point Railbed.
Cadmium and lead found in the surface soils and on vegetation along the former railbed pose a low health risk when ingested. To avoid spreading this material into communities and the environment, we advise the public not to take quarry material from the former railbed and surrounding area.
YELLOWKNIFE (July 24, 2018) - The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is reminding residents and visitors to always use common sense, to be prepared and to take precautions against possible encounters when entering wildlife territory.
Recently, a grizzly bear was seen following canoeists along the shoreline of the Hanbury River, a known habitat of bears.
YELLOWKNIFE (July 4, 2018) – Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Robert C. McLeod announced today that 12 new environmental monitoring and research projects are receiving funding through the Northwest Territories Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program (NWT CIMP). Total funding for these new projects is $760,000.
These projects will be funded over the next three years and will be conducted in partnership with various Indigenous organizations, Canadian universities, and territorial and federal government departments.
YELLOWKNIFE (June 7, 2018) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), in partnership with the Government of Canada, is inviting people fishing in the Yellowknife area to donate fish tissue samples this summer.
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Mr. Speaker, the Government of the Northwest Territories made a mandate commitment to develop a territorial climate change strategy that takes into account northern energy demands and the cost of living, while reflecting international and national commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Earlier this month, the GNWT publicly released the 2030 NWT Climate Change Strategic Framework, our government’s coordinated, comprehensive response to mitigating and adapting to climate change.