The Northwest Territories Protected Areas Strategy

The NWT Protected Areas Strategy (PAS) outlines a community-based process to establish a network of protected areas across the NWT. It recognizes the need to balance conservation and economic development, while respecting Aboriginal rights, third party interests, and land use planning processes.

The goals of the PAS are to identify and protect:

The PAS involves all people and groups with an interest in the land. It promotes a sound approach to land use decision-making by including the best available traditional, ecological, cultural, and economic knowledge.

In 2009, Saoyú-ʔehdacho near the community of Délįne became the first protected area established under the PAS.

Developed by regional Aboriginal organizations, the federal and territorial governments, environmental non-governmental organizations, and industry, the Strategy was signed in 1999. Representatives from the organizations below oversee the planning process through their participation on the NWT PAS Steering Committee.

For more information, please download the NWT PAS brochure.