NWT Region Operational Directorates
Aboriginal and Territorial Relations
Aboriginal and Territorial Relations (ATR) supports departmental work related to the negotiation and implementation of land, resource and governance agreements in the Northwest Territories. The directorate also supports NWT political development, intergovernmental matters, and resource management board relations.
Board Relations Secretariat
The Board Relations Secretariat (BRS) helps implement land claim agreements and supports strong working relationships and partnerships with the territory’s resource management boards.
Phone: (867) 669-2569
Devolution is the transfer of AANDC’s remaining provincial-type responsibilities to territorial governments. These responsibilities include the legislative powers, programs and responsibilities for land and resources onshore associated primarily with AANDC’s Northern Affairs Organization.
Negotiations in the NWT are at the Agreement-in-Principle stage. Once an Agreement-in-Principle is reached, it will set out the general approach for the next stage - the negotiation of a final Devolution Transfer Agreement.
Northern Affairs Organization officials in headquarters and the Devolution office in the NWT Region support the Chief Federal Negotiator in conducting negotiations on AANDC’s behalf. Our regional Devolution office also coordinates regional input and engages other federal departments.
Phone: (867) 669-2602
Consultation Support Unit
The Consultation Support Unit provides advice and assistance to internal and external parties in relation to Crown consultation with Aboriginal people.
Phone: (867) 669-2865
Indian and Inuit Services
AANDC's Indian and Inuit Services Directorate (I&IS) is responsible for supporting First Nations and Inuit organizations in their initiatives to obtain control and accountability for the delivery of a variety of programs and services in their communities. The directorate assists Aboriginal peoples in achieving their vision and aspirations by fulfilling our legal obligations and fostering capacity building.
Phone: (867) 669-2617
Mineral and Petroleum Resources
The Mineral and Petroleum Resources Directorate is responsible for the disposition and administration of mineral and oil and gas resources within the Northwest Territories. It supports and promotes resource development in a responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. The directorate provides guidance and a range of information and advice to industry, Aboriginal organizations, communities and government including legislative and regulatory requirements, mineral, oil and gas rights and geoscience data. Additionally, the directorate monitors and tracks activity levels in the mining and oil and gas sectors in the Northwest Territories, providing updates to regional management and other clients.
The Operations Directorate administers the field activities of the department in the NWT through its district and sub-district offices. It regulates the use of land under the Territorial Lands Act and the Federal Real Property Act through its Land Administration office. District offices are located throughout the NWT and are responsible for the administration, inspection and enforcement of environmental legislation, and serve as the field contact for all departmental clients.
Phone: (867) 669-2630
Contaminants and Remediation
AANDC recognizes that contaminated sites must be managed to protect the health and safety of Northerners, to safeguard the environment and to restore a precious part of Canada's natural environment. Management approaches can include monitoring, care and maintenance, and remediation. The Contaminants and Remediation Directorate (CARD) brings together all of AANDC's work associated with federal contaminated sites in the NWT, and the Northern Contaminants Program. The directorate, working closely with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), is currently managing over 25 contaminated sites in the NWT, at various stages of remediation.
Phone: (867) 669-2416
Renewable Resources and Environment
The Renewable Resources and Environment (RRE) Directorate manages the delivery of environmental programs, implements environmental management measures and operates an environmental laboratory. The directorate also has federal responsibility for water resources onshore and offshore in the Northwest Territories, maintains a water quality network and conducts a number of water studies.
RRE staff work to ensure the requirements of the federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Northwest Territories Waters Act, and the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act are fulfilled by AANDC in the NWT. They provide expert advice to the NWT Water Board and boards established pursuant to the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act and the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
Phone: (867) 669-2648
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