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How devolution will start a new chapter for the Northwest Territories – The Globe and Mail

Mar. 28 2014

On Tuesday, April 1, devolution becomes official in the Northwest Territories. It has been a long time coming.

More than a decade ago, while I was premier and the push for control of our own resources was taking off, The Globe did a major series on the idea and the opportunities it presented. Much of which was written then still applies, but much has changed, including the advancement of First Nations governments and awareness of the vast resources that the NWT has to offer.

Today, the people of the NWT are in a position to achieve what no other region in Canada has yet managed, and no other in the world has achieved well – a truly balanced, practical and workable approach to protection and development.

Most of the national news these past couple of years has focused on the Arctic and the Northwest Passage but, while these are of course important, much of the real action is happening in the rest of the Territory.

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