We’re on the homestretch for the in-person portion of our public engagements for the new Mineral Resources Act.
We headed down to Hay River and Fort Smith last week to hear what the South Slave had to say about mining and exploration as we develop the first ever made-in-the-NWT legislation to govern the minerals industry.
Let’s take a look back at these sessions.
The team flew into Hay River on the morning of Monday September 11 and got to work right away.
The day kicked off with a meeting with representatives from the Katlodeeche First Nations to collect their input ahead of the sessions. This is in addition to formal consultations which will take place later in the legislative process.
People were ready and waiting when the doors opened, with the largest rush of the day coming at the beginning of the session.
Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Wally Schumann was on-site taking in the engagement process, with Mayor Brad Mapes, Deputy Mayor Donna Lee Jungkind, and Hay River Metis Council President Trevor Beck rounding out the local delegation that came to have their say.
All-told, the Hay River session attracted 23 people throughout the evening. Many stuck around for an hour or two, taking the time to speak at-length with experts on our four discussion themes.
Fort Smith’s session was held at Roaring Rapids Hall the next day from 3-8pm.
Several of the town’s best-known figures from Métis leadership, government, and business were present.
Those who attended tended to stick around for a while, with many having experience in local governance and a deep interest in helping their regions succeed. This meant we collected a ton of quality information from this session — all of which will be considered as we develop this landmark legislation.
The Behchoko engagement session has officially been re-scheduled for Tuesday September 26, 2017 from 3-8pm at the Behchoko Cultural Centre.
We’re looking forward to hearing what those who come out have to say about mining and exploration.