We asked for the input of Northwest Territories residents on our first ever homegrown mining and exploration legislation and hit the road about a week-and-a-half ago to collect it in-person in seven communities and two languages.
We’re now halfway through these public engagement sessions, and NWT residents have come out in force to share their hopes and ideas for the future of the NWT’s mineral resources.
We’ve valued the opportunity to hear so many different perspectives — all of which will be considered as we develop the legislation.
Let’s take a look back at the first sessions.
The in-person sessions launched in the capital on August 28.
Beginning at 3pm, members of the public began arriving and were treated to in-depth, one-on-one conversations with experts at four themed tables. These experts took in feedback and answered any questions they had.
It was a well-attended session, with 75 people dropping by to have their say.
People continued streaming in until the very end, with some sticking around to talk mining and exploration for more than an hour.
Next, we put on a territory-wide session in French.
Several attendees showed up in-person to engage on mining and exploration in their preferred language.
A phone line was open to take calls from across the NWT in French to collect feedback and answer questions on the minerals industry.
The team flew into Fort Simpson on August 31 and were treated to a higher than expected turnout, with nearly 50 people making their way through the engagement session.
Of all sessions to-date, Fort Simpson’s saw the most surveys filled out.
Community leaders, including Chief Gerald Antoine, were among the attendees who came by to share their thoughts on mining and exploration.
Assistant Deputy Minister Pamela Strand takes input from Chief Gerald Antoine in Fort Simpson
We’ve taken our public drop-in sessions north with stops in Norman Wells and Inuvik. Then, we're off to Hay River and Fort Smith. Stay tuned for more updates.Have thoughts on mining and exploration? Sign up here to have your say on this landmark legislation.