Premier McLeod to talk about the future of the Northwest Territories in Vancouver

YELLOWKNIFE (January 15, 2018) – Premier Bob McLeod will be speaking to business, industry, environmental organizations and academics on the future of the Northwest Territories in Vancouver next week.

As part of a continued effort to make the North and its future part of the national discussion, Premier McLeod will be leading a roundtable discussion at the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on January 22.

Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment and Minister of Infrastructure, will join Premier McLeod at the Centre for Dialogue Roundtable, along with Chair and CEO of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Duane Smith and former Deline self-government chief negotiator Danny Gaudet.

On January 25, the Premier will be speaking to the Vancouver Board of Trade, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.


“The Northwest Territories has all the ingredients for strong economic growth, including abundant natural resources, and significant participation and support for economic development from Indigenous-owned businesses and governments, but we can't capitalize on these advantages without a plan. Other Arctic nations are proceeding with ambitious plans for social and economic development of their northern regions and it is time for Canada to have a plan of its own, developed by and for Northerners in dialogue with all Canadians.”
-Bob McLeod, Premier of the Northwest Territories

Key Facts:

  •        The roundtable discussion at the Centre for Dialogue will include a diverse range of participants, including elected and Indigenous leaders, public servants, academics, environmental NGOs, and business and industry.
  •        Participants will discuss the NWT’s partnership approach to governance and resource development, including:
    •    Indigenous leadership inside the GNWT;
    •    Self-government and government-to-government relations with Indigenous governments;
    •    Indigenous participation in economic development; and
    •    The NWT’s commitment to sound environment management.
  •        Founded in 2000, the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue acts as a hub for dialogue and engagement initiatives, focusing on civic engagement, climate solutions, peace and security, intercultural dialogue and urban sustainability.
  •        The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade is Western Canada's most active and influential business association. Recent speakers have included Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Ambassador to China John McCallum, former Governor of the Bank of Canada David Dodge. The former First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama will speak in February.
  •        The Vancouver Board of Trade works to advance business success through advocacy and public policy initiatives, professional development, and over 100 annual events to educate and connect the region's business community.

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For More Information, contact:

Charlotte Digness
Media and Communications Coordinator
Cabinet Communications and Protocol
Government of the Northwest Territories
Ph: 867-767-9140 ext. 11092