Coordinating Resource Management on Public and Settlement Lands

Regional Aboriginal governments own, or will own, substantial amounts of land in the NWT as part of their settled land claims. The NWT Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement establishes a new Intergovernmental Council to facilitate cooperation on land and resource management  across jurisdictions among the GNWT and participating Aboriginal governments. To learn more about the Intergovernmental Council, please visit their website at

Devolution cannot result in any government having a veto over the decisions of another government. However, it is in northern governments’ common interest to work collaboratively on land and resource management. Through greater cooperation, northern governments can find efficiencies, share capacity, and foster best practices that will benefit all residents, investors and governments in the NWT.

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