A deal to give the N.W.T. more province-like powers has been decades in the making. The idea in the territory dates as far back as 1898. Since then, the federal government has gradually transferred more powers and responsibilities to the territory. This timeline shows some of the major steps in the long road the territory has taken towards devolution.
One key area the federal government will control until a final devolution agreement is signed is the control of all Crown lands, water resources, mineral resources and oil and gas management through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.