Mineral Resources Act will legislate online staking, benefit agreements

Provisions created for special zones to encourage exploration

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The GNWT is introducing its made-in-the-North mining legislation, enabling the territory to create and implement regulations for exploration and development post-devolution. The proposed Mineral Resources Act (MRA) creates provisions for online map staking, mandatory benefit agreements and ministerial powers to create exploration zones nominated by Indigenous governments. “We think this legislation balances the NWT’s unique interests,” said...