Policy Directions from the Minister

Applicants for Land Use Permits and Water Licences are encouraged to be familiar with the Acts and Regulations that govern the use of land and water, and the deposit of waste in the Mackenzie Valley. The Resources section of our website is dedicated to providing helpful and accurate information to all stakeholders. If you have ideas for content that would be helpful, please contact Shalyn Norrish at 867-765-4585 or via email

Interim Measures Agreements 

Dehcho Interim Measures Agreement, 2004

Policy Direction, section 43, Dehcho Interim Measures Agreement, 2004

Policy Direction to the MVLWB regarding the Akaitcho Territory Dene First Nations, 2004. 

Policy Direction to the MVLWB Regarding Consultations with the Manitoba Denesuline, 2003.

Policy Direction to the MVLWB Regarding Consultations with the Saskatchewan Athabaska Denesuline, 2003.

NWT Metis Nation Interim Measures Agreement, 2003. 

Akaitcho Territory Interim Measures Agreement, 2001.

Water Licensing

A Policy Respecting the Prohibition of Bulk Water Removal from Major River Basins in the NWT (2003)

Policy Direction to the MVLWB Regarding A Policy Respecting the Prohibition of Bulk Water Removal from Major Basins in the NWT (2003)

Policy Direction to MVLWB on s.23.4 of the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement (2019)