Oil, Gas and Energy


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 has a responsibility to ensure that offshore oil and gas proceeds within a sound environmental framework. The department also has a mandate to support Aboriginal people in developing healthy, sustainable communities and in achieving their economic and social aspirations.

How does the department responsibly administer and manage offshore oil and gas resources in the Northwest Territories?

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - NWT Region works closely with the department's Northern Petroleum Resources Branch to administer and manage offshore oil and gas resources.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada - NWT Region:

  • Provides general guidance to Aboriginal groups, federal departments, territorial governments and the oil and gas industry on regulatory requirements, as well as on exploration and production projects
  • Acts as a liaison between the Northern Petroleum Resources Branch, Aboriginal groups and companies carrying out offshore oil and gas operations in the NWT region
  • Consults with communities and Aboriginal groups on the oil and gas rights issuance processes in the offshore
  • Builds relationships among communities and industry through increased understanding of cultural traditions and industry practices
  • Reviews and approves Benefits Plans as required under the Canada Petroleum Resources Act and consults communities on the contents of the Plans
  • Addresses offshore oil and gas related issues, including: regulatory process, exploration challenges, land claims, land access and land use planning, and socio-economic matters

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