In the last number of years, across every jurisdiction of the country, there's been increasing public interest and concern about water. In the Northwest Territories we're no different. It was very clear to us that it was an issue.
I referenced Northern Voices, Northern Waters, our water stewardship strategy. We knew we needed to get our thinking clear about water. It wasn't just as simple as dividing it up and worrying about some basic quality issues. It was much more complicated than that. We spent four years doing our water strategy to get our thinking clear. That formed the basis of our negotiations with Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, and Yukon, as it will with Nunavut.
It was a challenge. As I pointed out when we signed the agreement with Alberta, in most other parts of the world these issues are either litigated or fought over. We, on a collaborative basis with Alberta, got to the table. It was a process that pushed both jurisdictions very hard to find common ground in interest-based negotiations. It was tough. It took basically three and a half years. We spent a lot of money on this, but it was very important.
These types of negotiations are not without their challenges. We have a similar one—