November 9, 2023 – A new survey conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights on behalf of the Indigenous Leadership Initiative reveals that the vast majority of Northwest Territories (NWT) residents support the core aspects of the Northwest Territories Project Finance for Permanence initiative currently being developed.
Support was nearly unanimous for some of the core elements expected to be included in the initiative, such as efforts to help NWT communities prepare for the growing risk of wildfires (99%), invest in economic opportunities that are also good for the land, water, and wildlife in the NWT (96%), and collaborate with Indigenous Governments to identify areas within the NWT to protect (94%).
The proposed Northwest Territories Project Finance for Permanence, known as the NWT PFP, is a collaboration led by Indigenous Governments partnering with the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and private philanthropies that will fund the protection of lands, employ land managers, support Indigenous cultures, and foster economic diversification across the Northwest Territories. On October 11, 2023, all 25 partners signed a framework agreement outlining the terms and expected outcomes of the NWT PFP. Partners are now working towards a final agreement in the coming months.
Utilizing a landline and cellphone-based telephone survey methodology, Pollara surveyed a randomly-selected, representative sample of N=104 adult residents of the Northwest Territories between October 19 and 25, 2023. A sample of this size and design carries a margin of error of ±9.6%, 19 times out of 20. Some of the key findings include:
- Resounding Support for the NWT PFP: Almost 9 in 10 (88%) NWT residents support the NWT PFP after reading a brief description of what it includes.
- Vast majority say conservation generates economic prosperity: 83% of people surveyed say conserving lands in the NWT is a priority issue for them, and 84% agree that focusing on land protection will help economic growth and jobs in the NWT.
- Most see the NWT PFP as good for the NWT economy: Investing in economic initiatives that sustain lands, waters, and wildlife was one of the most strongly supported aspects of the NWT PFP (96%). And nearly 7 in 10 NWT residents agree the NWT PFP will have a positive impact on the economic growth and development of the NWT.
More survey results can be found in the report, hosted on the Indigenous Leadership Initiative website.
The Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) is dedicated to strengthening Indigenous Nationhood as a path to fulfilling the responsibility to care for lands and waters. ILI plays a convening role in the NWT PFP planning process, bringing partners together and hosting meetings. ILI will not receive funding from the PFP initiative. Instead, its role focuses on supporting partners’ collective vision, guided by Indigenous values, ambitions, and leadership.