Yellowknife Geoscience Forum cancelled for first time in 48 years

For the first time in 48 years, the Yellowknife Geoscience Forum has been canceled. (Photo screenshot from the 2019 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum.)

The annual Yellowknife Geoscience Forum has been cancelled for the first time in 48 years.

The cancellation is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines and its partner the NWT Geological Survey in a press release issued on Friday.

The Geoscience Forum, known as the North’s largest combined trade show and conference, was scheduled for November 2020.

The news comes after several other big cancellations including the Nunavut Mining Symposium — scheduled for March, along with the postponement of NWT Tourism Conference.

“Many local businesses benefit from the large contingents of delegates that attend these and many other northern events,” the release says.

Organizers will seek alternative options to share information on regulatory updates as well as the North’s geoscience and minerals industry.

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