The population of N.W.T. is 42,500 not
much for that big piece of land.
The capital is Yellowknife. (population
16,541 in 2001)
The principal cities in the Northwest
Territories Hay River (3,510), and Fort
Smith (2,185), all of which are located
around Great Slave Lake.
The major towns are Inuvik (2,894), Rae
(1,552), Fort Simpson (1,163), and
Most remaining settlements are small and
populated mainly by indigenous people.
A large portion to the Northwest
Territories population continues to rely on
the Aboriginal peoples' traditional
subsistence activities; fishing, hunting and
trapping. Fur harvesting continues to be
Other activities such as sports fishing
and big-game hunting play a small role.
Recently, with the advent of adventure
tourism, a new tourism service industry has
become increasingly important.
In the year
2001 a total of over 5,700 people
moved into the Northwest Territories, while
8,900 moved out.