Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

Committees and Forums

Dene and Métis elders say that wildlife do not have boundaries. In nature, everything is connected. For this reason, the Sahtú Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement establishes an integrated environmental management system. This means that the Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gotsę́ Nákedı is required to coordinate with other management organisations in the Sahtú Region and the Mackenzie Valley. Co-management systems within the land claim regions of the Northwest Territories have given rise to the creation of several cross-regional committees to share perspectives and knowledge, and to build consensus for decisions that affect some or all of the regions. The Board is developing traditional knowledge guidelines and a consultation and engagement protocol to ensure that aboriginal knowledge and community perspectives are included in our contributions to these committees.
  • Overview

    The Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (ACCWM) was created to share information and coordinate wildlife management between inter-jurisdictional wildlife management boards, with a particular focus on the management of trans-boundary caribou herds.


    The Committee shall, as its members deem appropriate, exchange information, help develop cooperation and consensus and make recommendations regarding wildlife and wildlife habitat issues that cross land claim agreement and treaty boundaries.  As per the MOU, the Committee’s mandate includes the following trans-boundary issues:

    1. The development of a management plan for the Cape Bathurst, Bluenose-West, and Bluenose east caribou herds;
    2. The development of sub-plans for different aggregations of caribou within these herds;
    3. The discussion of total allowable harvests;
    4. The discussion of non-quota limitations on harvesting;
    5. The discussion of measures for the protection of calving and post-calving grounds.


    A Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (MoU) was signed in 2008 by the Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board, the Tuktut Nogait National Park Management Board, the Wek’eezhii Renewable Resources Board, the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board, the Wildlife Management Advisory Council-NWT, the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board (KRWB), and the NWMB.

    Organizational representation on the Committee is at the Chairperson level for most parties. However, unlike the other participating co-management boards, the NWMB is a decision making body and will likely be asked to approve plans or levels of harvest recommended by the Committee for Bluenose caribou within the Nunavut Settlement Area. To avoid conflict of interest issues, the Director of Wildlife Management represents the NWMB on the ACCWM.

    Current Initiatives

     In early 2009, the ACCWM formed a Working Group to prepare a draft Management Plan for the Cape-Bathurst, Bluenose-West and Bluenose-East caribou herds for submission to the ACCWM. The Working Group includes one representative from each of the organizations that are party to the MoU (with the exception of the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board who declined to participate), as well as representatives from the Government of Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of Nunavut Department of Environment.  Parks Canada, Dehcho, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) declined the invitation to participate in the Working Group.

    On April 27th 2011, the ACCWM had a meeting to review the final draft of the plan; the meeting was attended by representatives from NTI, the KRWB and the Kugluktuk Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO). During the development of the management plan there were two rounds of consultations in all jurisdictions, expect for Nunavut where only one consultation meeting took place. A second consultation with the Kugluktuk HTO is tentatively scheduled for late july 2011. 

    Team Members


    Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı (Sahtu Renewable Resources Board)


  • Many environmental research and monitoring programs and projects are underway in the Sahtú Region, and the need for this work is expanding with the emerging shale oil play in the Tulı́t’a District. On November 5-7, 2013, a meeting including representatives of Sahtú organisations, government and industry reached a consensus that such programs and projects should be well coordinated, with strong input from Sahtú communities.

    As a consequence, Sahtú organizations and the Government of the Northwest Territories (led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources) have agreed to create a Forum that will support research and monitoring proponents and Sahtú organisations in sharing priorities, plans and proposals, providing feedback and guidance, coordinating objectives and activities. The aim is to more effectively address important issues in the Sahtú.
    Vision: Environmental monitoring and research programs and projects in the Sahtú are coordinated and conducted in ways that reflect regional and community priorities, engage communities, value both western science and traditional knowledge, and support wise decision-making.


    The Nę K’ǝ Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ Forum (formerly Sahtú Environmental Research and Monitoring  Forum) will support environmental research and monitoring by providing a venue for discussing plans and accommodating the priorities and traditional knowledge of Sahtú communities.


    The Forum will address the following objectives in supporting environmental research and monitoring in the Sahtú Region: Identify regional priorities and research gaps; build cross-cultural understanding; support and protect traditional knowledge processes; support regional and regulatory decision-making; identify opportunities for: collaborative research involving communities, communication, information-sharing, and cross-cultural interpretation of research results.

    Research Priorities

    The Forum considers both community and regional research priorities, as well as priorities developed by organisations with responsibilities for guiding research in the Northwest Territories and beyond. The Forum reviewed these priorities at a workshop in January, 2014. More information about regional research priorities can be found in Nę K’ǝ Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ Forum activity reports as well as Sahtú Research Results Workshop reports. 

    Related Documents

    Meeting and Workshop Notes

    Multi-year Reports

    Other Documents

    Research Reports

    Teleconference Notes


  • The Sahtú Youth Network is an idea that has grown from numerous points of feedback recorded during research projects conducted in the Sahtú area with the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board. The network is made up of youth from each of the five communities in the Sahtú. 


  • The Conference of Management Authorities is the group of wildlife co-management boards and governments that share management responsibility for the conservation and recovery of species at risk in the NWT.

    The Conference of Management Authorities provides direction, coordination and leadership on species at risk. The group operates by building consensus among Management Authorities. It respects the roles and responsibilities of Management Authorities established under and claim and self-government agreements. For more information, see http://nwtspeciesatrisk.ca/en/CMA/CMA.

    Team Members


    Environment and Natural Resources, GNWT


  • A new Wildlife Act for the Northwest Territories was passed by the Legislative Assembly in October 2013, and is scheduled to come into effect in November 2014. Regulation changes are needed to bring the new Wildlife Act into force. To implement the new Wildlife Act, current regulations need to be updated and new regulations need to be developed. The regulations are being developed through an extensive review of existing regulations; results of consultation and public engagement undertaken over the past twelve years; and input from the same collaborative Wildlife Act Working Group (with representatives from Aboriginal governments and renewable resources boards) and Stakeholders Wildlife Act Advisory Group (SWAAG) that helped develop the new Act.

    Regulation changes will be done in three phases:

    • Phase 1 – immediate changes needed to bring the Act into force. This includes changing current regulations that are inconsistent with the new Act, and making sure regulations are in place so people can continue to harvest and use wildlife in a safe and sustainable manner. The remaining regulations will stay in place until reviewed during later phases.

    • Phase 2 – regulations to implement some of the new concepts in the Wildlife Act. These include regulations respecting the import of harmful species, the release of alien species into NWT habitat, wildlife management and monitoring plans for developers, and harvest reporting and hunter training requirements.

    • Phase 3 – ongoing; regulations will be developed as the need arises. This includes developing regulations to designate conservation areas to protect wildlife or wildlife habitat, and refining regulations to address specific concerns or regional issues.

    Team Members

    •          Deborah Simmons, Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
    •          Michael Neyelle, Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
    •          Raimond Taniton


    Environment and Natural Resources