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Workshop for Water Resource and Ecosystem Sustainability

Information Sharing and Planning Session: July 13 & 14, 2010, Yellowknife.


The forum will inform participants of the partnership, the science underway, the additional expertise available and begin discussions of future cooperative work to address the goals and objectives of Northern Voices: Northern Waters, the NWT Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the NWT Science Agenda and other relevant strategic directions in the NWT.


  • Introduce the Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU)/Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) partnership.
  • Gain an understanding of current research, programs underway, additional initiatives, and other existing or planned related activities in the NWT that could contribute to or benefit from the science to be developed through the contribution agreement.
  • Develop ideas for scientific directions and potential projects.
  • Discuss communication and outreach needs and opportunities.

Workshop presentations available here


In 2009 a group of researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University submitted a proposal to the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) regarding infrastructure support for environmental research on boreal forest ecosystems. The proposal received strong approval from the CFI review board  and was funded to 40% of the proposal value, the maximum allowable through their grant; 20% of the project funding was securedfrom the university and private contributions prior to submitting the application.  The CFI funding was contingent upon securing the remaining 40% of the project funds through the Laurier proponents, many of whom have a history of research in NWT.  Therefore Laurier approached the GNWT. Fall-winter 2009-10 negotiations resulted in a GNWT-Laurier agreement signed 26 May 2010 at Laurier by the Honourable Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources for the GNWT and Dr. Max Blouw, President of Wilfrid Laurier University.


Related Information Title Type
2010 Agenda for the Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability Workshop Document
2010 Northern Voices Northern Waters Document
2010 Synthesis of Ecological Information related to the Peace Athabasca Delta Document