A New Mineral Resources Act for the Northwest Territories

In response to the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)'s request for public input for the development of a new Mineral Resources Act (MRA), MiningWatch Canada submitted key recommendations that would help better protect northern communities and the environment, while also increasing the long-term benefits from the extraction of non-renewable minerals. These recommendations also aim to reduce mining-related conflicts and increase predictability for all of those involved in, or affected by, the sector. We divide our recommendations in three sections:

  1. Ensuring a greater share from the extraction of NWT’s non-renewable minerals for future generations;
  2. Ending the ‘free entry’ system to reduce conflicts, increase predictability and better protect communities and the environment; and
  3. Other measures to increase transparency, accountability, and oversight of the mining sector.