YELLOWKNIFE, NT, Feb. 24, 2021 – The Government of Canada is renewing the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous people in Canada based on the affirmation of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.

Today, the Minister of Northern Affairs, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, and 蓙ek’waht谋台d菨虂 Leeroy Andre, of the De虂l谋台ne台 Got’谋台ne台 Government, are pleased to announce the signing of a Governance Agreement that will allow our two governments to work in partnership to oversee all aspects of the Great Bear Lake Remediation Project in the Northwest Territories.

The agreement, which establishes a De虂l谋台ne台-Canada Remediation Management Committee and Operations Committee, is the first step towards ensuring De虂l谋台ne台 community members have a say in decisions about the clean-up of abandoned mine sites near their homes on Great Bear Lake. The committees will also provide a forum for communication and engagement with De虂l谋台ne台 community members as the governments work together to advance the project.

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Working together, the Government of Canada and the De虂l谋台ne台 Got’谋台ne台 Government will continue to develop an approach to the Great Bear Lake Remediation Project that maximizes the economic benefits for the community, addresses and respects the De虂l谋台ne台 community’s concerns, and ensures that all major decisions regarding the remediation of the sites are made by consensus of the two governments.


“The Government of Canada remains committed to the full and meaningful participation of the De虂l谋台ne台 community in the governance of the Great Bear Lake Remediation Project. This agreement allows us to move forward together, as partners, on this important project to restore the land while protecting and maintaining the ecological integrity of Great Bear Lake and its watershed, which is part of the Ts谩 Tu茅 Biosphere Reserve and of the utmost importance to the people of De虂l谋台ne台.”

The Honourable Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Northern Affairs

“The community of De虂l谋台ne台 welcomes the signing of the Great Bear Lake Remediation Project Governance Agreement. The Agreement recognizes a government-to-government relationship between De虂l谋台ne台 Got’谋台ne台 Government and Canada and commits us to working together to restore the long-damaged area to a state acceptable to De虂l谋台ne台 while ensuring that the project will leave significant social, economic and cultural benefits to our community. The remediation project will be good for our community, for our people and, indeed, for all the people of Canada as we restore this magnificent site to preserve the integrity of the biosphere.”

蓙ek’waht谋台d菨虂 Leeroy Andre
De虂l谋台ne台 Got’谋台ne台 Government

“Through this new agreement, the Governments of Canada and De虂l谋台ne台 Got’谋台ne台 are demonstrating a shared commitment to ensuring local decision-making drives the economic and environmental future of the North.”

Michael McLeod, M.P.
Northwest Territories

Quick facts

  • The Great Bear Lake Remediation Project is funded through the Northern Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program announced under Budget 2019. The program was created to exclusively address the largest and highest-risk abandoned mines in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

  • Under the new governance agreement:

  • The Remediation Management Committee will provide broad strategic direction for the remediation project and all major decisions regarding the remediation will be made by consensus of the two governments.

  • The Operations Committee will manage remediation implementation details as the project progresses through the planning and various design stages into full remediation and post-remediation.

  • Canada and De虂l谋台ne台 will discuss a number of ways to ensure De虂l谋台ne台 benefits from the project, including incorporating Indigenous Opportunities Considerations into bid packages, using the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Businesses, and making sure the Project’s tendered work packages are in sizes that allow for local participation in the competitive process.

  • Canada will work with De虂l谋台ne台 to identify training needs within the community that are consistent with project requirements and the broader program mandate.

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