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Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories
NameNorthwest Territories
AlternateNameTerritoires du Nord-Ouest (French)
Nunatsiaq (Inuinnaqtun)
ᓄᓇᑦᓯᐊᖅ (Inuktitut)
Fullnamethe Northwest Territories
FlagFlag of the Northwest Territories.svg
Label Mapno
Motto No official motto
OfficialLangChipewyan, Cree, English, French, Gwich’in, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, South Slavey, Tłįchǫ
DemonymNorthwest Territorian
FlowerMountain avens
TreeTamarack Larch
PremierFloyd Roland
PremierPartyConsensus government, no party affiliations
ViceroyGeorge Tuccaro
LegislatureLegislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
PostalCodePrefixX0, X1 (Yellowknife)
Area Footnotes "census06">
TotalArea Km21346106
LandArea Km21140835
WaterArea Km2205271
Population43,529 (est.)
Density Km20.037
GDP Year2006
GDP TotalC$4.103 billion
GDP Rank11th
GDP Per CapitaC$76,000
GDP Per Capita Rank1st
AdmittanceDateJuly 15, 1870 (Hudson's Bay Company cedes territory to Canada)

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The Northwest Territories (NWT or NT; French, les Territoires du Nord-Ouest, TNO) is a federal territory of Canada.

Located in northern Canada, the territory borders Canada's two other territories, Yukon to the west and Nunavut to the east, and three provinces: British Columbia to the southwest, and Alberta and Saskatchewan to the south. It has a land area of 1140835 km2 (1.140835E+12 m2) and a population of 41,464 as of the 2006 census, an increase of 11.0% from 2001. In 1967, as a result of recommendations by the Carrothers Commission, Yellowknife became the capital.

Geographical features include Great Bear Lake, the largest lake entirely within Canada, Keller Lake, and Great Slave Lake, as well as the Mackenzie River and the canyons of the Nahanni National Park Reserve, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Territorial islands in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago include Banks Island, Borden Island, Prince Patrick Island, and parts of Victoria Island and Melville Island. Its highest point is Mount Nirvana near the border with Yukon at an elevation of 2773 m (2773000000 m2).

While Nunavut is mostly Arctic tundra, the Northwest Territories has a slightly warmer climate and is mostly boreal forest (taiga), although about half of the territory is north of the tree line.

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