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Month: December 2017

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GNWT launches a dynamic, digital celebration of 50 years of government in the NWT

YELLOWKNIFE (December 18, 2017) – Today, Premier Bob McLeod announced the release of a special digital multimedia project commissioned to commemorate 50 years of government in the Northwest Territories.

As the year comes to a close, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is proudly reflecting on what has been accomplished over the last 50 years – particularly the contributions made by the dedicated public servants.

The project – which can be viewed from the GNWT’s main website – is a self-directed journey through the history of the GNWT. Brought together by the signature style of NWT artist Alison McCreesh, this scrapbook-like collection presents a collage of facts, personal stories, photos and video that will both inform and entertain.

Organized by theme, the project has 14 “chapters” covering a wide variety of subjects, including the move from Ottawa; geographical, technological and jurisdictional changes; territorial symbols; regional infrastructure and operations; language and culture; and political development. Along the way, the viewer will also learn about some of the people who have shaped the government and delivered the services residents have come to depend on.


“Over the past 50 years, the ideas and values of our own people have increasingly guided how policies, programs and services are designed and implemented. We have much to be proud of, and I invite all residents to take this opportunity to learn more about the story of our government and to share their own memories of the people and events that have made it what it is today.”
Premier Bob McLeod

Quick facts:

  • Before 1967, some administration for the territory was carried out in the NWT, but most decisions were made in Ottawa.
  • Giving the territory more autonomy and establishing a capital in the North were key recommendations of the Carrothers Commission, setup by the federal government to study the future of NWT governance.
  • In January 1967, Yellowknife was declared the new capital.
  • In the fall of 1967, the seat of the territorial government was officially moved – which was a big step towards making the government more responsive to the needs of northerners.

Relevant links:

GNWT 50 commemorative project
GNWT 50 website
GNWT 50 Facebook page

Media Contact:

Charlotte Digness
Media and Communications Coordinator
Cabinet Communications and Protocol
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: 867-767-9140  Ext. 11092

Reminder: Tourism Program Deadlines December 15

The deadline for two tourism funding programs is quickly approaching.

Expressions of interest for Community Tourism Infrastructure Contribution (CTIC) and the Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program (TPDMP) are due by December 15, 2017.

CTIC provides funding to community governments and non-government organizations to support new and innovative tourism infrastructure projects in and around their communities.

Apply for the Community Tourism Infrastructure Contribution.http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/CTIC

TPDMP can help you re-invent, improve or expand your tourism product and operation to meet future market demands by providing funding for business planning, product development and packaging as well as marketing.

Apply for the Tourism Product Diversification and Marketing Program.http://www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/TPDMP

New ‘X’ Gender Option Now Available on NWT Driver’s Licences

News Release

YELLOWKNIFE (December 11, 2017) – Residents of the Northwest Territories (NWT) now have the option to display an ‘X’ in the sex section of driver’s licence and identification cards issued by the Department of Infrastructure.

This change helps to ensure services offered by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) are inclusive and respectful of transgender, two-spirit, intersex, and non-binary residents.

To change the gender identifier on a driver’s licence or identification card, residents must fill out an application or renewal form and visit an NWT issuing office. There is no additional fee or requirements for residents to make this change.



“As one of the first jurisdictions in Canada to offer a third gender option on identification documents, the GNWT is committed to inclusivity and the fair treatment of all residents. Today’s announcement will make it easier to obtain government identification that matches one’s gender identity. We remain committed to ensuring individuals across the north are empowered and feel safe in the communities they call home.”
Wally Schumann, Minister of Infrastructure

“It is so important for the GNWT to be moving in the direction they are because it impacts many lives for the better. To be able to hold Government issued ID that reflects and respects the individual which it identifies is so valuable. Being able to have an X on my ID gives me the respect and autonomy I deserve, and while there is still a long way to go as far as rights and inclusion is concerned, this is a great step forward for the GNWT.”
Lane MacIntosh, President, Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife


Quick Facts:

  • ‘X’ is a standard accepted by the International Civil Aviation Organization Standards, which promotes consistency among travel documents
  • This change helps the GNWT meet the diverse needs of residents, and is consistent with the Vital Statistics Act.
  • The GNWT does not have authority over how other organizations/ jurisdictions recognize or accept the gender X option.
  • INF continues to work with the Department of Health and Social Services to allow for Indigenous fonts and diacritics, such as the glottal stop, on driver’s licences and identification cards. This is a complex and difficult process as changes will affect multiple information systems.


Relevant links:

Drivers and Motor Vehicles (DMV) Online Services


Media Contact:

Greg Hanna
Communications Coordinator
Department of Infrastructure
Government of the Northwest Territories
Phone: 867-767-9082, ext. 31046

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