||This report results from the surficial geology workshop given at the 2015 Yellowknife Geoscience Forum. The workshop consisted of a series of presentations that were designed to introduce a diverse audience to applied drift prospection in the Northwest Territories. The workshop illustrated strategies to detect and resolve misleading dispersal patterns in surface sediment data. These strategies help to maximize the utility of compiled data sets, to develop successful exploration programs, and to reduce the risk associated with drift exploration. The presentations given during the workshop demonstrated how an understanding of property-scale surficial geology can reveal sediment geneses and alteration processes that may be skewing analytical results. The presenters provided solutions to mitigate the effects of sediment geneses and alteration processes, as well as solutions to normalise incongruent datasets. Various contexts were used throughout the workshop, such as esker studies in drift exploration, interpretation of complex ice-flow history, direct detection strategies, as well as landform relationships and till composition. Examples were provided from current work supporting diamond exploration in the Slave Geological Province (Northwest Territories), as well as current and recent work from the Athabasca Basin (Saskatchewan and Alberta), Wager Bay (Nunavut), and the Rae Geological Province (Northwest Territories).