GNWT 50

2017 marks an important milestone in the NWT’s history. 50 years ago, the government was brought much closer to the residents it serves. In 1967, Yellowknife was named the capital and the administration of the government of the NWT was finally moved from Ottawa to the NWT.

The NWT Council (which would eventually become the Legislative Assembly in 1975) met for the first time as a resident government in the new capital of Yellowknife on November 13, 1967.

  • Hear then Minister of Indian Affairs Arthur Laing announce this decision.

With this move and the establishment of a public service in the NWT, the territorial government began to take over more and more provincial-type responsibilities. The evolution towards the government we know today began.

This anniversary is a great opportunity to share that history and to recognize the people who have dedicated themselves to shaping our government and serving the residents of the NWT. It reminds us that, while the NWT has a long and rich history, the Government of the Northwest Territories is still relatively new.

Over the course of this year, the Government of the Northwest Territories will be marking this milestone both by commemorating the past and acknowledging the people who have dedicated themselves to serving the residents of the NWT.

Additional information on these activities will be provided here as it becomes available.