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2020 NWT & Nunavut Geoscience Symposium

  Following the cancellation of the 48th Annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum due to the ongoing pandemic, the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS), in association with the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines, is organizing a virtual 2020 NWT & Nunavut Geoscience Symposium. The symposium will showcase the latest geoscience‐related research in the territories. An invitation with details about the symposium is available here.
It is with regret that the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and the NWT Geological Survey, announce that the 2020 Geoscience Forum, held annually in November in Yellowknife, is cancelled. Ongoing COVID-19 pandemic effects continue to stymy large public events and organizers have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the North’s largest combined tradeshow and conference. This is the first cancellation in the event’s 48-year history. STAY POSTED: Organizers will continue to seek an alternative approach to share information on the North’s geoscience, its minerals industry, business...

Navigating the NWT COVID-19 Public Health Orders: A Guide for Exploration Companies

  The Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) of the Northwest Territories (NWT) has issued public health orders that restrict travel within the NWT by individuals that originate from across any inter-jurisdictional border. The COVID 19 Travel Restrictions and Self-Isolation Protocol order provides exceptions for transient workers in the mineral and petroleum resources industry who work at remote camps. The COVID 19 Directed at Mineral and Petroleum Industry order sets out further conditions for these...

May 12, 2020

2020-21 Mining Incentive Program - COVID Update

  In response to the negative impacts of COVID-19 on NWT mineral exploration, several changes have been implemented to the Mining Incentive Program (MIP) for 2020-21. These changes provide additional support to Northwest Territories (NWT) mineral exploration and ensure that work is being conducted safely and in accordance with current public health measures. MIP applicants should consult the MIP guidelines for information on eligibility and application requirements. The changes listed below take precedence over...
As of March 19, 2020, the majority of GNWT staff are practicing social distancing and working remotely. The Northwest Territories Geological Survey office is closed, but we are available via email. Please email NTGS@gov.nt.ca. During this time, you may experience slight delays in services. We thank you for your patience.

March 24, 2020

Mining Incentive Program - COVID Update

  For prospectors and companies who are funded under the 2019-2020 program, the Program Administrator will be in touch regarding current status of funded projects, contribution agreement deadlines, and to discuss final reporting. For the 2020-2021 Mining Incentive Program, the application deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020. Assessment of further extensions will be considered if required. Until further notice, client visits to the...
In December of 2015 the United Nations proclaimed February 11th of each year the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Organisations such as Women in Mining NWT recognise that women and girls play a critical role in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).   “There is a mantra in the STEM program that says: You can’t be what you can’t see. You can’t expect young girls to envision themselves working in male-dominated fields if they don’t have the example and mentors to look up to, to emulate and follow"  —  Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI)...
The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has released an updated Bedrock Geology Map of the Slave Geological Province. Rock units are classified into a harmonized legend with pan-Slave applicability.  Point data, including kimberlite locations and geochronological sample sites, form an integral component of the database.  The traces of numerous interpreted and mapped faults, diabase dykes, and topographical lineaments contribute to significant advancements in the understanding of the Slave’s crustal fracture systems. This new compilation builds upon a similar product released by the...
The Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) has released a large, high-resolution airborne magnetic survey of a portion of the Slave Geological Province, NT. The work was funded by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and the NTGS to inform a variety of mineral exploration and geological research objectives. EON Geosciences Inc. of Montreal, QC conducted the survey. The aeromagnetic survey was flown in the Itchen Lake-Point Lake area approximately 130 km northwest of the Ekati Diamond Mine. The region is prospective for diamond, gold, and base metal deposits. The...
NTGS staff acknowledge with sadness the passing of Dr. Samuel A. Bowring.  Dr. Bowring was well known and respected in the Northwest Territories and was highly regarded for his work on the origin and evolution of continental crust. One of his earliest major contributions, which transformed what geologist know about the early evolution of the Earth, was his work in the 1980s on the Acasta gneiss complex in the Northwest Territories. Dr. Bowring’s age dating work revealed a rare remnant of the Earth’s earliest crust, originally dated at 3.962 billion years old. Subsequent research has shown...

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