Community Governments

The communities of the Northwest Territories are incorporated in a number of ways, under a variety of legislation:

  • Cities, Towns and Villages are incorporated under the Cities, Towns and Villages Act and include Yellowknife, Ft. Simpson, Ft. Smith, Hay River, Norman Wells and Inuvik
  • Hamlets are incorporated under the Hamlets Act and include Aklavik, Ft. Liard, Ft. McPherson, Ft. Providence, Ft. Resolution, Paulatuk, Sachs Harbour, Tuktoyaktuk, Tulita and Ulukhaktok
  • Charter Communities are incorporated under the Charter Communities Act and include Deline, Ft. Good Hope and Tsiigehtchic
  • Tlicho Community Governments are incorporated under the Tlicho Community Governments Act and include Behchoko, Whati, Gameti and Wekweeti
  • First Nations Designated Authorities are incorporated in communities where the Band government is the primary authority for delivering municipal services.  They are incorporated through application of the Indian Act and include Colville Lake, Dettah, Jean Marie River, Kakisa, K’atlodechee First Nation, Lutsel K’e, Nahanni Butte, Wrigley and Trout Lake


Contact Information for all NWT Community Governments is available on the MACA website.

Download an Overview of the Differences in NWT Community Government Structures.

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