Volunteer Run Since 1993

Welcome to Alternatives North

Alternatives North Members at Giant Mine

A grassroots approach to democratic change

We inform and promote social, environmental and economic justice to NWT citizens, policy makers and politicians. 

We work across all levels of government in the NWT, but our primary focus is analysis and recommendations to the GNWT. Alternatives North works for you, and with your support and suggestions we will be able to continue building a progressive North.


What We Do

Health and Social Services

Our goal is to research and promote evidence-based social and economic policies for fostering healthy NWT communities.

Giant Mine Remediation

We provide public oversight for efforts to repair and contain decades of devastating industrial impact that threatens our lands, animals, and people.


We advocate for best practices in regulatory controls to minimize damage and maximize benefits from mine development.

Resource Management

Ensuring public input and ongoing engagement are essential components of government legislation dealing with the NWT’s natural resources.

Climate Change Policy and Energy

We assist in the mitigation of present and future consequences of the climate change emergency through policy research and promotion of practical applications of carbon-neutral projects

Anti-Poverty Strategy

Alternatives North has been a leading activist in efforts to reduce poverty in the Northwest Territories including assisting in the development of an Anti Poverty Strategy, and leading efforts to introduce a living wage in Yellowknife.

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