Trapping and harvesting has been important to Aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for thousands of years. It remains an important part of the NWT economy today. NWT wild fur is considered some of the best in the world.
Trapping and harvesting in the NWT is regulated by Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). All residents need a licence to trap, available from your local or regional office. Requirements for trapping licences can be found in the NWT Trapping Regulations.
The GNWT offers several programs to support NWT trappers and harvesters. These include:
- Genuine Mackenzie Valley Fur Program
- Hunters and Trappers’ Disaster Compensation Program
- Community Harvesters Assistance Program
- Take a Kid Trapping Program
- Local Wildlife Committee funding
- The Workers Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) have a program to assist harvesters in the event they are injured while working on the land.
Through this program, harvesters are eligible to collect benefits during the time they cannot work due to the injury. These benefits help them to support their families until they are able to work again.
In the event that a harvester dies as a result of the injuries, benefits are payable to the dependents of the harvester.