Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management Act (New)
The Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management is described in Chapter 4 of the Devolution Agreement as an agreement that “sets out a government-to-government relationship and provides for mechanisms for coordination and cooperation with respect to the management of public lands and settlement lands and rights in respect of waters.”
The Government of the Northwest Territories and its Aboriginal government partners in devolution worked hard to reach an agreement that reflects their shared commitment to work together.
The goal of the NWT Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management is to provide an opportunity for the GNWT and Aboriginal governments to work collaboratively and cooperatively in areas related to land and resource management. The agreement commits all parties to work as members of an intergovernmental council to explore means of improving our respective land and resource management regimes. It will provide opportunity to discuss the potential harmonization of territorial and aboriginal practices, policies, laws and regulations with respect to land and resource management. Without cooperation and collaboration, having different land and resource management policies and practices might create inefficiencies and frustrate all parties’ efforts to maximize the benefits of resource development for the people of the NWT.
This legislation fulfills a commitment made by the GNWT in the NWT Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management to recommend legislation for enactment by the Legislative Assembly providing for the implementation of that agreement and, in effect, fulfills the pledge made by the GNWT to implement the NWT Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management. This reflects the Assembly’s goal of a strong and independent North built on partnerships.
This legislation is not mirrored legislation. It reflects a “made-in-the-NWT” approach, and there was nothing similar in existing federal legislation. The GNWT shared the draft of this legislation with the Aboriginal government parties to the Intergovernmental Agreement.