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NWT Regional Mineral Development Strategies Released at AME Roundup
Vancouver (January 21, 2020) – Investors at the AME Roundup and beyond will have a better understanding of the opportunities, investment climate and path to working with two Indigenous Governments thanks to new mineral development strategies released by the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC).
The release of the strategies was welcomed this morning at the AME Roundup – an event at which Northwest Territories Indigenous governments and organizations have been playing a growing and significant role.
The regional strategies, developed with funding from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment under the Mineral Development Strategy, were formally unveiled by GTC Grand Chief/President Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan and IRC Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith.
Each strategy outlines existing geological data, maps and information, a comprehensive history of the areas and an outline of local organizations, groups and authorities. A goal of regional mineral development strategies is to provide a clear vision and direction for mineral explorers, investors and others in the industry to guide comprehensive, respectful and sustainable mining practices.
“These strategies are integral to our work to attract investment in the Northwest Territories mineral industry. Our partnership with Indigenous Governments continues to grow through our joint presence at events such as AME Roundup and the release of regional mineral development strategies. We are at the table together, and investors have a clear picture of that.”
- Katrina Nokleby, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment
“The Gwich’in must control what happens on our lands – we want to be true partners in any projects undertaken, from concept to close out. The strategy was developed with the input of leadership and people in the Gwich’in communities. We hope this will lead to strong partnerships and economic opportunities that can benefit both the Gwich’in and the Northwest Territories.”
- Bobbie Jo Greenland-Morgan, Grand Chief/President, Gwich’in Tribal Council
“With the production of the draft Roadmap to Mineral Exploration and Development in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) outlines its priorities to support responsible mineral development in the Region. IRC continues to work in partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories and Government of Canada to promote potential opportunities in mineral exploration in the North. "
- IRC Chair and CEO Duane Smith
- Mining and exploration regularly directly contributes more than 20% of total economic activity annually in the Northwest Territories.
- Diamond mines have provided over 29,000 person years of employment to NWT residents and have purchased over $16 billion in goods and services from NWT businesses since 1996.
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