Founded in 1971

Supporting sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level.


The Ecology North office is once again open to the public. We’re still doing our part to stay safe and healthy, but are excited to be able to welcome the public back into our space.
Please email if you have any pressing inquiries.
Take care, from Ecology North board and staff.

Ecology North is a charitable, non-profit organization based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada that was formed in 1971 to support sound environmental decision-making on an individual, community and regional level.

Ecology North’s programs focus on five priorities: climate change, environmental education, water, waste reduction, and local food production. A common thread throughout all of the Ecology North programming is an emphasis on environmental, social, and community well-being.

Ecology North maintains collaborative partnerships with a number of other local community and educational organizations to promote public education, sustainable living and climate change adaptation and mitigation on environmental initiatives.

Our Mission

Bringing people and knowledge together for a healthy northern environment.

Our Priorities

We organize our work into five areas

Local Food

Water Stewardship

Climate Action

Waste Reduction


Upcoming Events

Browse through upcoming Ecology North events.

Waste Reduction Week!

From October 17 to 23, 2022 we’re celebrating Waste Reduction Week in Canada with the GNWT Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Test your knowledge of the Circular Economy with our Waste Reduction Week Quiz! Click ‘continue as guest’ to play if you don’t have a Kahoot account.

Enter the Reusable Container Challenge! Bring your favourite mug or cup on your next trip to Birchwood Coffee Kǫ̀, Javaroma, A&W, Barren Ground Coffee, or Sundog Trading Post. Leave your completed stamp card with the participating businesses, or bring it to the Ecology North office to be entered for a prize pack!

Keep up with the latest exploits of Marcel D. Worm with #WormWednesdays on social media. Learn the basics of vermicomposting and hosting sustainable events in your community.

Join us at the Library Meeting Room Oct. 22 from 10:30 to 12:30 for a series of DIY workshops, including worm composting for beginners, how to make beeswax wraps for food storage, and homemade laundry detergent.

Water Stewardship Gathering 2022

From August 26th – 29th, we co-hosted the 2022 Water Stewardship Gathering at Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation’s First River site. The weekend brought youth, Elders, community leaders, and scientists together to learn, identify, and think through some of NWT’s most pressing water stewardship challenges.

Some of the gathering highlights included water sampling with Melaine and Sadeeh, learning about post-forest fire ecosystem regeneration, and harvesting plants and animals off the land. The group also had some great discussions around environmental personhood, flooding, and the future of our waters. 

If you’re between the ages of 18-30 and you’d like to join the discussions on water stewardship, be sure to reach out to Brandon at and consider joining our Youth Water Stewardship Group.

50th Anniversary – Thank you!

Our 50th anniversary on June 5 was a great success, we were so pleased to see everyone who came out! It was wonderful to celebrate 50 years of bringing people and knowledge together for a healthy northern environment. The weather could not have been more lovely.

A very big thank you goes to our Golden Eagle ($1000+) sponsor Kavanaugh Waste Removal Services, champions of waste diversion with over 50 years providing waste solutions in the NWT.

Thanks as well to our Boreal Chickadee ($100-$399) sponsors Old Town Glassworks, France Benoit, Diane Boudreau and Eric McNair-Landry.

A big thank you to our contributors MLA Katrina Nokleby, Minister Julie Green, MLA Kevin O’Reilly, Minister Caroline Wawzonek, MLA Rylund Johnson, and Premier Caroline Cochrane.

Other contributors included Field Law, Eh Five Tree Five Outdoor Adventure Products, Lisa Worthington and Dave Speakman.

We’d also like to thank Aurora Fiddle Society, Miranda Currie and Ryan McCord for their fantastic performances, and our emcee Jade Halcyon.

We are so grateful for all of your support!

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Ecology North is always looking for volunteers to help make all projects, events and initiatives continuously successful. If you are interested in volunteering, sign up today.