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The Northwest Territories (NT or NWT; French: les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, TNO; Athabaskan languages: Denendeh; Inuinnaqtun: Nunatsiaq; Inuktitut: ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᖅ) is a federal territory of Canada. At a land area of approximately 1,144,000 km2 (442,000 sq mi) and a 2011 population of 41,462, it is the second-largest and the most populous of the three territories in Northern Canada. Its estimated population as of 2016 is 44,291. Yellowknife became the territorial capital in 1967, following recommendations by the Carrothers Commission.

The Northwest Territories, a portion of the old North-Western Territory, entered the Canadian Confederation on July 15, 1870, but the current borders were formed on April 1, 1999, when the territory was subdivided to create Nunavut to the east, via the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. While Nunavut is mostly Arctic tundra, the Northwest Territories has a slightly warmer climate and is both boreal forest (taiga), and tundra, and its most northern regions form part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

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The 2007 Northwest Territories general election took place on 1 October 2007. It was the twenty-first in the history of the territory. Nineteen members of the Legislative Assembly were elected. The election was called on September 3, 2007 when the writ of returns was dropped by Chief Electoral Officer Saundra Arberry. This election was the first in Northwest Territories history to be conducted on a fixed election date calendar. The territory operates on a consensus government system with no political parties; the premier is subsequently chosen by and from the Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). 19 Members were returned to the Legislative Assembly from single member districts conducted under First Past the Post system of voting.

The final candidates list was released on September 7, 2007. Three incumbents were returned by acclamation. Four other high profile incumbents are not running for re-election including Premier Joe Handley representing Weledeh, cabinet minister and dean of the legislature Charles Dent representing Frame Lake, cabinet minister Brenden Bell and Private member Bill Braden brother of former Premier George Braden representing Great Slave.


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  • September 4: Creativity celebrated at Fan Expo Canada 2018 in Toronto
  • June 14: Football: Canada, Mexico and US wins joint bid to host 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • June 1: Photo report: Anime North convention brings fans to Toronto
  • March 28: Toronto Comicon celebrates characters from screen and page
  • March 25: Culture of creativity features at Furnal Equinox 2018
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Tuktoyaktuk - Year: 2010 (From ice road to Inuvik)


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