This is an initiative from the following organizations that followed a working meeting led by Ugo Lapointe. The intention was to give the best advice to government officials on how to make the best of resource extraction in the Northwest Territories for northerners, by northerners.
Ecology North was founded in 1971 by a group of dedicated volunteers in response to arsenic pollution in Yellowknife. Since then our mandate has expanded considerably with projects tackling issues like climate change, waste reduction, water quality and food sovereignty. Northern Territories Federation of Labour was founded in 1980 and has more than 10,000 affiliated members in over a dozen unions in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. We are chartered by the Canadian Labour Congress, the largest democratic and popular organization in Canada with more than 3 million members. We do not answer to governments. CPAWS-NWT is a strong, effective, well-resourced organization that motivates and empowers its volunteers, partners and the public to carry out conservation planning and stewardship initiatives in the NWT. CARC is a citizens’ organization dedicated to the long-term environmental and social well being of northern Canada and its peoples. We believe in sustainable development and the application of the precautionary principle. Our policy and advocacy work is grounded in solid scientific and socio-economic research and experience. Alternatives North is a social justice coalition operating in the Northwest Territories. Within our ranks are representatives of churches, labour unions, environmental organizations, women and family advocates and anti-poverty groups. Individual citizens are important participants in our work. Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s leading social action organization, mobilizing a network of 50 chapters across the country. Through our campaigns we advocate for clean water, fair trade, green energy, public health care, and a vibrant democracy. We educate and empower people to hold our governments and corporations accountable.
MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Indigenous and labour organisations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.