On November 28, 2014 the new Northwest Territories Wildlife Act will be called into force. The new Act sets out a comprehensive framework for the management of wildlife in the Northwest Territories and will affect all harvesters, including Aboriginal people, residents and non-residents using the services of Outfitting businesses. In addition, the statute’s framework for wildlife and habitat management includes new provisions which will be of interest to resource developers operating or planning projects in the NWT. The result is a new statute and regulations which have been unanimously endorsed by all participants in the legislative development process. Most importantly, the legal framework resulting from this effort is consistent with Aboriginal rights, including land claims, and promises to accommodate the rights and interests of Aboriginal people in the future management of Northwest Territories wildlife.
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