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 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?