The Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Partnership Agreement, signed in 2010, provides new infrastructure and expertise to the GNWT for environmental research and education in order to expand the Territories’ capacity to conduct environmental research and monitoring. This Partnership also aims to build capacity of the GNWT and its communities to manage its natural resources for future generations in face of emerging challenges from climate change and the impacts of growth and development.
The Partnership is built on a $6.3 million grant from Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Key organizations include the Norther Scientific Training Program, the Aurora Research Institute, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (formally Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) and the Cold Regions Research Centre, which all work to support and enhance collaboration between WLU and GNWT. The Taiga Plains Research Network works closely with the members of the WLU-GNWT Partnership to achieve its objectives.