Land ownership dominates as main election issue in Enterprise, say residents – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 30, 2019169 Views

‘The government has every lot in the town tied up and will not let anybody buy them at this point’

Sep 30, 2019

Residents of Enterprise, N.W.T., say the territorial government is holding their community “hostage” as it hasn’t turned over ownership of land despite a years-long battle.

On a Wednesday morning in the hamlet — known as “the gateway to the N.W.T.” — trucks stop at the weigh station, the odd tourist pops into Winnie’s Dene Art Gallery and Gift Shop and municipal workers trim grass and collect garbage. A handful of seniors chat over coffee and a game of Scrabble at the community hall.

The seniors say the quiet, tight-knit community of about 131 people is a great place to retire in the North. The only problem is, they haven’t been able to own land here.

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