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Petroleum Resources Office celebrates grand opening during Inuvik Petroleum Show

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 18:55

Premier Bob McLeod officially opens Inuvik’s Petroleum Resources Office

INUVIK (June 27, 2014) – This year’s Inuvik Petroleum Show (IPS) set the stage for the opening of the Petroleum Resources Office in Inuvik on June 24, 2014.

The Petroleum Resources Division develops and implements programs, strategies and policies in support of managing the development of the territory’s petroleum resources. This includes leading and managing the call cycle process for future oil and gas exploration in onshore NWT, the first cycle of which is expected to be launched in the fall. The division will also lead the development of Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations and provide support for GNWT initiatives to enable development of the Canol Shale in the Sahtu Region.

Premier Bob McLeod was in attendance to officially open the doors and welcome staff into their new roles.

“Having the Petroleum Resources Office located in the Beaufort Delta Region will help further establish Inuvik as a hub of oil and gas development,” said Premier McLeod. “We are committed to developing our resources in a responsible way that reflects the priorities and values of Northerners, investing in the infrastructure needed to do this in partnership with the Government of Canada and creating prosperity and economic opportunities for the North and the nation.” 

Deputy Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, Peter Vician delivered a keynote address at the IPS in which he recognized the NWT’s world-class inventory of energy resources and discussed the increasing demand for energy. “This growing worldwide demand bodes well for the Northwest Territories’ economy because we are uniquely positioned to provide safe and secure energy to customers around the world,” said Mr. Vician.

The Inuvik Petroleum Show is the premier conference and tradeshow for the oil and gas sector. Each year, it hosts over 500 participants, including delegates and exhibitors from across Canada and beyond.

For more information:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696



New airport displays showcase work of NWT Artists

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 15:14

INUVIK (June 27, 2014) – Creative displays at several NWT airports are part of a new Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) initiative to promote NWT arts and crafts and profile the work of NWT artists to visitors.

Deputy Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment Peter Vician unveiled a display at the Inuvik airport Wednesday, one of six displays that have been created and installed in NWT airports. These airport displays, made possible in partnership with the Department of Transportation, are also located in Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Hay River, Fort Smith and Yellowknife.

Many of the artists represented in the Inuvik art display were on hand for its official unveiling. This announcement also marks a step in the implementation of the GNWT’s overall Arts Program, introduced in March, to support and increase the profile of NWT art and artists.    

“Our airports provide a perfect venue to profile the diverse and creative works of NWT artists, and we anticipate that travellers will appreciate the introduction to regional artists and communities, and also the opportunity to purchase these fine arts and crafts,” said Mr. Vician. “The promotion and sale of these products also helps to stimulate our grassroots economy and provide artists, especially those in smaller communities, with income opportunities and a chance to showcase their talent.”

While varied in their construction, the airport displays are comprised of a mounted, flat-screen monitor, surrounded by a stylized graphic border containing information about local arts, artists and the NWT Arts Program.

During the Economic Opportunities Strategy engagement sessions held across the territory, many participants and stakeholders identified the need to better develop and promote markets for the NWT’s traditional arts and crafts.  In particular, it was recommended that these identifiable symbols of the NWT be linked to the NWT’s emerging Aboriginal tourism sector.

For more information:

Alayna Ward
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-8696
Email: alayna_ward



Public input sought in developing 25-year transportation strategy

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:53

YELLOWKNIFE (June 27, 2014) – Minister of Transportation Tom Beaulieu announced today that the Government of the Northwest Territories is seeking input from Northerners to update the NWT Transportation Strategy.

“This strategy will guide planning and progress in all transportation modes over the next 25 years,” said Minister Beaulieu.  “Key factors considered in the strategy will be improving the safety and efficiency of existing transportation facilities and services while making strategic improvements to promote economic development and improve community access.”

The public is encouraged to provide input by visiting the Department of Transportation’s website at and completing a brief online survey about the transportation system.

Over the summer, the Department will also be conducting interviews with Aboriginal leaders, transportation stakeholders and Members of the Legislative Assembly to gain their perspective on the territory’s transportation needs and priorities.

After reviewing and considering comments and suggestions, the Department will begin drafting the NWT Transportation Strategy.  This will be followed by public meetings in regional centers across the NWT in late fall or early winter 2014 on the draft strategy.

For more information:

Patricia Russell
Department of Transportation
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-873-7764 or 867-447-1368 (1DOT)