As part of its
work to develop an open government policy, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) recently completed a series of public engagement meetings across the territory, connecting with residents to hear from them about what information they would like to get
from their government and the ways they would like to receive it.
Fifteen public sessions were held in 13 communities across the Northwest Territories, and included targeted sessions for selected stakeholders, including media, that were held in Yellowknife.
The communities included: Fort Smith, Hay River, Fort Providence, Behchoko, Norman Wells, Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Tuktoyaktuk, Fort Simpson, Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Fort Resolution and Yellowknife. Written submissions on the Open Government Policy were also accepted during the process.With public engagement completed, the information is currently being compiled into a What We Heard document that will be sent out to those who attended the public sessions before it is finalized. The document will then inform the drafting of the Open Government Policy that will be provided to Cabinet for review. Standing Committee will be provided the policy to review and provide input before it is finalized and is put into effect. Residents and stakeholders who attended the public sessions will be provided regular updates during the course of the process.