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Yellowknife – October 5, 2018
Public Service Announcement

The Cassidy Point Development Area Regulations and the Yellowknife Watershed Development Area Regulations under the Area Development Act; and, the Commissioner’s Land Regulat

March 26, 2018
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 26, 2018) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has approved changes to lease rent minimums and to fee structures on both Commissioner’s and Territorial Lands as part of its continued work to modernize the two land administration systems.

The Department of Lands is making three changes, effective April 1st 2018: 

February 14, 2018
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on February 14, 2018

Mr. Speaker, as part of our government’s commitment to create opportunities for northerners to live and work in the Northwest Territories, the Department of Lands launched a Resource Management Officer training and development program three years ago. Since its creation, there have been two graduates of the program with another nearing completion in the coming months. These first graduates have been permanently employed with the Department of Lands and recruiting for new Resource Management Officers will begin shortly.

October 18, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on October 18, 2017

Mr. Speaker, having a clear, consistent and predictable approach to how the Government of the Northwest Territories manages the land it is responsible for is important to all land users and stakeholders in the territory.

It is also important that the people we serve understand how land in the NWT is administered and that we continually evaluate opportunities and issues associated with various types of land tenure.

October 3, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on October 3, 2017

Mr. Speaker, our government recognized the importance of moving toward a stable and reliable recreational land use regime when we committed in our mandate to completing the Recreational Leasing Management Framework and a plan for the Yellowknife periphery area.

October 3, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered October 3, 2017

Mr. Speaker, since 2013, September 30th has been marked as Orange Shirt Day, a day for all Canadians to remember the survivors of the residential school system.

Organizers chose an orange shirt as the symbol for that day based on a story told by Phyllis Jack Webstat, a survivor of the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in Williams Lake, BC. In her story, Ms. Webstat tells of having the shiny, new orange shirt her grandmother had given to her being taken away on her first day at residential school.

September 20, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on September 20, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the Department of Lands takes its responsibility to administer and manage public lands in the Northwest Territories seriously. That is why over the summer, the Department engaged with Indigenous governments, stakeholders and the public on potential changes to the Northwest Territories Lands Act and the Commissioner’s Land Act. This input will, for the first time, allow for a made-in-the- North approach to managing land in the Northwest Territories.

June 1, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on June 1, 2017

Mr. Speaker, this government committed in its mandate to complete a framework for managing recreational leasing, and completing a recreation management plan for the Yellowknife periphery area. 

March 16, 2017
News Releases

YELLOWKNIFE (March 16, 2017) – The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has completed an important step in advancing work to improve its land management practices by releasing the finalized Recreational Leasing Management Framework for the Northwest Territories. 

This fulfills the first part of the 18th Legislative Assembly commitment to finalize the Recreational Land Management Framework and the plan for the Yellowknife periphery area.

March 7, 2017
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

Delivered on March 7, 2017

Mr. Speaker, in a couple of weeks, the Department of Lands will mark its third anniversary.  Tasked with managing and administering 1.15 million square kilometres of land in the NWT, the Department has been working to serve residents in a way that reflects NWT interests and priorities.

Our work takes us across the entire Northwest Territories and our staff works with various partners, governments and landowners to ensure we are managing land and resources in a fair and transparent manner.

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