Northwest Territories Lands Act

(mirrored legislation)

The Northwest Territories Lands Act provides the Government of the Northwest Territories with authority related to the disposition and use of land, including the disposition of subsurface minerals.

This legislation forms part of an integrated regulatory system of land and water resource management in the Northwest Territories with the new Waters Act and the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. It provides the GNWT with the authority to lease and sell land, and sets out prohibitions on trespass and the unauthorized use of public lands. There are seven regulations under the Northwest Territories Lands Act, including regulations that govern the issuance of land use permits in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, as well as 24 land withdrawal orders.

The authorities set out in the Northwest Territories Lands Act are the responsibility of the new Department of Lands, with the exception of the administration of subsurface minerals, which are administered by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

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