The health and safety of Northerners and the protection of the environment, through the management of Crown lands, are a top priority for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
INAC manages surface activities on Crown lands in the Northwest Territories through the administration, regulation, inspection and enforcement of renewable and non-renewable legislation. Some of these activities include:
Since 1982, INAC NT Region has provided stakeholders with current information regarding land use activity on Crown lands in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut by publishing updated editions of Northern Land Use Guidelines information booklets. This series of publications has provided a wide variety of northern stakeholders—including construction contractors, territorial governments, First Nations, land developers, regional land managers, industry and various regulatory boards—with essential information on NWT land use activities. The booklets provide a starting point for anyone planning projects on Crown land in two of Canada's northern territories. The publications are intended to help land use operators and land use regulators become better environmental managers.
In this section you will find information on INAC's role in the administration of Crown lands, territorial lands and regulations, and land use in the Northwest Territories. As well, you will find out about what INAC's inspectors do, and how the INAC Land Administration office administers, regulates, inspects and enforces renewable, non-renewable and environmental legislation in the NWT.