Should prospectors be able to stake claims online in the Northwest Territories?

05 December, 2017
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What is staking? 

Staking is the process where a person marks out an area of land where they want to explore for minerals.

How is it done currently? 

A person must put up four corner posts each with a separate mineral claim tag affixed to it with important data etched on the tag. Boundary posts must also be erected every 500 meters and witness posts may be used in lieu of legal corner posts due to dangerous terrain or water. 

The claimant must submit the application to record along with a sketch outlining the property not later than 60 days from completion of the staking process.

What challenges does this present?

  • Certain areas of the Northwest Territories are often not easily accessible. There is a high cost of getting to remote areas where minerals could be present. 
  • A potential for conflicting claims if two people attempt to stake the same area in whole or in part at the same time.

What is online map staking?

This is when prospectors and exploration companies are able to stake claims using detailed online maps rather than needing to physically stake claims. 

Is anyone else doing it? 

There are four provinces in Canada that have moved to an online system. There are two more moving toward the online system.

Read this discussion topic summary for more information.

Should prospectors be able to stake claims using online maps in the Northwest Territories? 


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