The use of renewable resources such as wildlife, fish and plants has always been very important to the people of the NWT. Resources from the land were closely linked to the Aboriginal economy and to cultural and spiritual values. Hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational use remain important components of traditional lifestyles and economies. Similarly, many non-Aboriginal residents of the NWT and visitors from outside the NWT associate important social, spiritual, and environmental values with their use of renewable resources.
These indicators give information on various types of renewable resource uses in the NWT. The indicators provide an early warning of over-use and other factor that might impact the availability of these resources for future generations. Sustainable access to natural resources is important for current and future generations of the NWT.