Northwest Territories Region


On April 1, 2014, the administration and control of public lands and resources were transferred from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories. This transfer includes the administration, control and management of onshore lands, waters, mines, minerals, and oil and gas in the NWT.

  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada will maintain an office in Yellowknife that will:
  • Advocate, advise and support Aboriginal organizations and First Nations through our new Governance & Partnerships Directorate
  • Provide front line services to our clients: assistance with applications for Secure Certificate of Indian Status cards, applications for Indian status and information on the University and College Entrance Preparation Program
  • Clean up contaminated sites through our Contaminated Sites Directorate and the Giant Mine Project Office
  • Manage remaining Crown lands in the NWT (approximately 10% excluded from transfer due to other interests)

Visit AANDC Devolution to learn more.

Visit the GNWT online for information on devolving programs after April 1, 2014.


Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is responsible for two mandates, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. Together, these programs support Canada’s Aboriginal and northern peoples in the pursuit of healthy and sustainable communities and broader economic and social development objectives.

What is AANDC doing to support a strong and healthy Northwest Territories?

In the NT Region, AANDC employs a team of Northerners who support a strong and healthy territory by:
  • Upholding and strengthening Canada’s relationship with Aboriginal peoples
  • Promoting and developing relationships with Northerners and stakeholders
  • Supporting responsible resource development
  • Implementing devolution
  • Advocating northern interests


AANDC has a diverse mandate in the Northwest Territories. Our programs and services play an important part in the day-to-day workings of the territory. AANDC hires people from many different fields, such as finance, information technology, resource management, Aboriginal affairs, and human resources.