A Northern Consensus on Completing (not Dismantling) the NWT Regulatory Regime

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A Northern Consensus on Completing (not Dismantling) the NWT Regulatory Regime

While there is a strong tradition of consensus decision-making in the North, NWT communitiesand groups are also very diverse and often find it difficult to reach unanimous agreement. It is perhaps remarkable, then, that the responses to

AANDC’s Action Plan to Improve Northern Regulatory Regimes have been so consistent. Aboriginal governments and local leaders, industry associations and developers, the GNWT Executive and MLAs, Board Chairs and staff, and northern NGOs have all voiced similar objections to this made-in-Ottawa process which does not respect Northern realities, priorities, or rights. Dennis Bevington, MP for the Western Arctic, aims to counter the federal government’s efforts

at dismantling the NWT regulatory regime, by pulling together into a single document the mainpoints of agreement amongst Northerners, and amplifying those messages.Using statements from various leaders/representatives and quotes from reports issued over thepast four years, this document outlines points of agreement under the following categories:


Objections to the current process;


Objections to the Board amalgamation/elimination proposal;


Agreement about what is working;


Agreement about what is not working; and


Consensus around key components and guiding principles for a new process.A complete list of individuals/organizations quoted is included at the end of this document.From the Office of the MP for Western Arctic, Dennis Bevington
Constituency Office
Street address:
5014-50 Avenue
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L8
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1986
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P5
Toll free 1-800-661-0802
867-920-4233 Parliamentar y Office
Street address:
Confederation Building
229 Wellington St, Room 239
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Toll free 1-866-992-4587
Dennis Bevington
MP, Western Arctic, NT
NDP Shadow Cabinet:
Associate Critic for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development: The North

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