Petitions

 Petitioning is a way for people, community groups and organizations to participate in the democratic process.  Petitions provide the opportunity to raise issues of public concern, bring them to the Assembly and allow Members of the Legislative Assembly to consider the need for change within the Northwest Territories.

In addition to paper petitions, the Legislative Assembly offers online petitions so you can publish and collect signatures on your petition through this website. This means that the petition can be made available to a potentially much wider audience giving you an enhanced opportunity to gather names in support.

A petitioner may gather names and addresses in both forms – you can have a paper version and an online version, although repeat names must be removed by the principal petitioner.   

Disclaimer

The Legislative Assembly does not endorse the views or information contained in the electronic petitions on this site and does not make any representations about, or assume any liability for, any of the information set out in the electronic petitions. 

It is important to note that you will need a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) to present your petition to the Assembly.  

 Conditions of Use

 If you wish to start or sign a petition, you will need to accept the petition’s Conditions of Use.

A person may only sign a petition once.  

The use of false names is prohibited.  

A petition must be submitted in good faith and must not include:

potentially libelous, false or defamatory statements;

information protected by a court order (e.g. the identities of children in custody disputes);

matters which are subject to appeal processes or legal actions;

material which is commercially sensitive and/or confidential;

the names of individual officials of public bodies; or

the names of individuals, or information which will easily identify an individual in relation to criminal accusations.   

A breach of the Conditions of Use may amount to contempt of the Legislative Assembly.  Actions that may be considered to be in contempt of the Assembly include:

presenting a forged or falsified document to the House or a committee;

submitting a petition containing false, scandalous or groundless allegations; or

inducing a person to sign a petition by fraudulent means and misleading the House.