Premier Cochrane and her Cabinet colleagues left a clear message with the NWT mining and exploration sector last week, during the annual Geoscience Forum: increasing resource exploration and development is a priority.
Members of the Executive Council took advantage of numerous opportunities to speak and engage with delegates and visitors of the annual event. Their focus was on establishing relationships with industry and to hear ideas on how to advance the territory’s main economic driver over the term of the 19th Legislative Assembly.
Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Infrastructure and of Industry, Tourism and Investment, formally welcomed delegates to the North’s premier geoscience, mining, and exploration conference. The Minister also participated in the official launch of the NWT Chapter of Women in Mining and presented to high school students about women in mining and her own path to success.
“Our government’s priorities line up with the priorities of the mining, exploration, and geoscience industries. We intend to be allies for miners and explorers looking to responsibly develop our vast mineral resources,” Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment said. “We support the idea of investing in geoscience to better understand our land — and the potential that lies beneath its surface. We are committed to building the bridges, roads, and energy infrastructure needed to advance resource development and create economic development.”
The 2019 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum marks the 47th occasion of the conference and tradeshow organized by the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the NWT Geological Survey and sponsored by the Government of the Northwest Territories.
Later in the week, Cabinet Members were on hand for a Coffee with Cabinet event that brought together the government’s new leadership with members of the geoscience, mining, and exploration industries to network and share ideas.