NWT Water Stewardship Strategy Action Plan 2021-2025

The NWT Water Stewardship Strategy Action Plan 2021-2025 builds on the momentum of the previous two action plans (2011-2015 and 2016-2020), and continues to put the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy into motion.


The action plan sets clear actions under four components of water stewardship: 

  • Working together: collaborating to share information and build strong partnerships. 

  • Know and plan: learning more about the changing realities of NWT’s waters – and using that information to inform our efforts. 

  • Use responsibly: actions ensuring water managers have the information necessary to make well-reasoned decisions. 

  • Check our progress: reporting regularly to make sure we are on the right track.

Actions within these components will help foster a future where waters are wisely stewarded to meet the territory’s environmental, social, and economic goals over the long term.


This plan was built collaboratively with many water partners who all play a role in water stewardship. Water partners include: 

  • Indigenous governments and organizations 

  • Non-governmental organizations

  • Federal and territorial governments

  • Regulatory boards

  • NWT communities

  • Academics

  • Industry

A report is available on what we heard during the engagement process and what we did to address comments in the new action plan. 


The Action Plan 2021-2025 will be subject to ongoing review and evaluation to ensure its implementation continues to advance the intent of the Water Strategy. Regular status updates will be published to track and report on progress.

More Information 

For more information on the NWT Water Stewardship Strategy's current and past Action Plans please click here to visit our Action Plan website page!