Effects of devolution at the forefront for Hay River council
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - With the devolution agreement currently being negotiated, the discussion of how land in the NWT will be managed is a topic of interest.
Being able to keep the balance between protecting the lands that residents use, while also developing, is something NWT communities including Hay River will face.
Mayor Ken Latour said the town is looking to grow, and they are looking at the bigger picture of what devolution offers.
"The decision-making it'll bring North, and the jobs, and the responsibilities that will come with it, this community wants to position itself to benefit from that as much as possible. Anything that helps us kind of get our foot in the door at this point, and to be involved at this early stage, or you know, maybe not the early stage, but the early-intermediate stage is good for us."
Latour said he thinks one of the key ways to keep land safe is having people in power who understand the communities.
"I think it helps when you have people who understand that on council, in the administration, and also people who have history with the community, who have been here 10, 20 years or something like that."
Representatives from the department of the executive took a trip to Hay River this week to present the land management guidelines to council.
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