ARCHIVED - List of Consultations on Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act


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The consultation process for the Northwest Territories Surface Rights Board Act was conducted in four phases, beginning with initial contact and discussions regarding the intent to develop the legislation and its policy framework through the review of draft legislative proposals and culminating with the final draft of the bill.  Each phase is outlined below:

Phase I: Introduction to Surface Rights (July to October 2010)

Initial communication with participants began in the summer of 2010, with the distribution of information packages outlining and summarizing the intent to develop surface rights legislation for the Northwest Territories. This was followed by information sessions conducted in person in Inuvik and Yellowknife and via teleconference in October of 2010.

Phase II: First Draft and Consultation (October 2010 to June 2011)

Consultation participants were provided with a first draft of a legislative proposal in October/November of 2010 in Yellowknife and Inuvik.  This was followed by consultation sessions that were held in November/December of 2010 and January 2011 to examine the proposal and gain an understanding of its scope.  Participants were given time to review the legislative proposal and prepare and submit comments and concerns regarding the first draft.  This input was then analyzed by AANDC and incorporated where appropriate into the second draft.

Phase III: Second Draft and Consultation (June 2011 to March 2012)

A second draft of the legislative proposal was distributed to participants in June of 2011, who were requested to review and provide comments on the second draft.  This was followed by consultation sessions in November of 2011 in Yellowknife and Inuvik. Once again, AANDC sought comments and feedback from participants which were incorporated, where appropriate, into the final draft of the legislative proposal.

Phase IV: Final Draft and Consultation (March to April 2012)

Participants were invited to a final consultation session in April 2012 in Yellowknife to review the third and final draft of the legislative proposal before introduction of the bill in the House of Commons.  This gave participants a chance to review the proposal and provide any final thoughts or comments before the bill was made public. 


Funding Assistance

Aboriginal organizations received funding for fiscal years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 (and will receive funding for 2012-2013) to assist them in participating in each of the phases of the consultation process.

While the consultation and engagement summary outlines the main consultative steps taken in the development of this bill, it should be noted that AANDC encouraged and maintained close contact with all participants throughout the process.

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