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Who we are

This website was established by the Species at Risk Secretariat of the Northwest Territories (NWT) to share information about wild species in danger of disappearing from the NWT and efforts to identify, protect and recover them.

Working together to protect our biodiversity

Loss of biodiversity is an issue of global concern, with potentially significant consequences for our environment and our ways of life.

While most species in the NWT are not at risk of extinction, some may need extra protection to prevent them from disappearing from the NWT and to help them recover.

The NWT is recognized as a world leader in the successful co-management of wildlife resources. The responsibility for wildlife management is shared between governments, users and renewable resource boards set up under land claim agreements.

The conservation of species at risk is part of a larger commitment to maintain the biological diversity of the NWT by ensuring that no species becomes extinct as a consequence of human activity.

As part of this commitment, the federal and NWT governments have each developed their own legislation for species at risk. The Species at Risk Act (federal) and Species at Risk (NWT) Act (territorial) work together and cooperatively with Indigenous people to provide for the protection of wild species in the NWT and provide for the actions needed for their recovery.

  • Learn more about our species at risk legislation here.

Focus on the Northwest Territories

This website provides up-to-date information on all species at risk that occur in the NWT. This includes species assessed or listed under federal legislation, NWT legislation, or both.

It is also a tool to support the implementation of the Species at Risk (NWT) Act. The Act requires that certain documents, including management plans and recovery strategies, consensus agreements and progress reports, are made available to the public. These documents can be found under the Resources tab above.

The unique processes for species assessment and decision-making established under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act are also explained on this website.