Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Resource Revenue Sharing Agreement

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This Legislation is passed as part of the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement and respects the obligation to reflect the resource-sharing agreement. It can be seen as a strong commitment to cooperation with Aboriginal government partners. Through decentralization, the Government of the Northwest Territories collects resources from public spaces under its administration and control. Some of the resources retained by the territory government are made available to participating Aboriginal governments. This resource-sharing agreement provides Aboriginal governments with direct benefits for onshore resource development activities and allows Aboriginal governments to increase their own capacity. The text consists of 6 sections. The Land and Resource Management Agreement establishes a new relationship between GNWT and participating Aboriginal governments in the region. It creates an intergovernmental council to facilitate cooperation and coordination between northern heads of state and government on regional land and resource management, while respecting the authority of each government in its respective jurisdictions. This Council enables northern governments to achieve efficiencies and cooperate to ensure that land and resource management policies and practices are economically sound, support each other and reflect northern priorities, such as sustainable land use and environmental protection.

“The Northwest Territories play a leading role in recognizing Aboriginal governments as important partners in our work to support the success and well-being of individuals and communities throughout the NWT,” said Premier McLeod. “Nowhere else in Canada have Aboriginal governments been offered at this level of public land resources. These new recipes will help them develop their capacities and meet the needs of the Community and strengthen the territory. These agreements are required to fully implement the provisions of the Northwest Territories Land and Resource Decentralization Agreement, which transfers the management and control of public lands and resources over the territory of the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories on April 1, 2014.

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