The final ‘what we heard‘ report by the Government of the Northwest Territories has been released.
The GNWT is hoping the report will inform residents of the development of a new NWT Mineral Resources Act. The MRA has been described as a way to “take a concrete step towards achieving the priority of improving coordination and effectiveness in resource management systems while recognizing traditional knowledge, land claims agreements and devolution.”
Feedback was given by residents through seven community visits around the territory, smaller group meetings, email, social media, phone, and mail, as well as submissions through a Government ‘engagement portal’.
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Wally Schumann, says the GNWT has heard the feedback and are trying to incorporate it into the MRA.
“We heard you. We listened. And we are going to use this information to make sure your perspectives are considered in the final product. I am pleased to see this legislation moving along on-schedule with a solid process at its core. I am confident we will conclude this Assembly with modern, homegrown legislation the NWT can be proud of.”
The report includes key elements being proposed for the new MRA. The MRA falls under the Mandate of the Government of the Northwest Territories 2016-2019.