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Bluenose East Caribou Management Hearing - March 2016
In this information request, Colville Renewable Resources Council, Behdzi Ahda" First Nation and Ayoni Keh Land Corporation pose questions to NWT Environment and Natural Resources on the following four topics:
This is Belare wı́lé Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́, Deline's caribou conservation plan. The document includes appendices whıch outline 1) the traditıonal laws around caribou, 2) a harvesting polıcy which describes caribou conservation measures and how to make use of other traditional sources of food, and 3) an implementation plan for how the harvestıng policy will work in practical terms -- including monitoring and enforcement.
This version includes the following two revisions: an updated Appendix A - Alphabet and pronunciation key; and corrects a technical error in Appendix C - Délı̨nę Ɂekwę́ Code, Section 10 (the reference should be to Section 7 on harvest limit).
Version 2 of the Belare wı́le Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ - Carıbou for All Tıme proposal was submitted in conjunction with the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Final Submission. This version was produced by the Délı̨nę Ɂekwę́ Working Group based on experience in the first phase of implementation, as well as questions and comments posed during the Sahtú and Wek'èezhı̀ı Bluenose East hearing proceedings. The followıng is a summary of key revisions made:
This document is the same as Appendix C in Belarewı́lé Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́ - Caribou for All Time. The current version corrects a technical error in Section 10 (the reference should be to Section 7 on harvest limit).
This correspondence is the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council) response to an undertaking to the Sahtú Youth Connection taken on March 2, 2016 at the Bluenose-East Caribou Herd Public Hearing, regarding Belarewı́le Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́ – Caribou for All Time: A Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę Plan of Action (the Plan). The undertaking is as follows:
The Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę responds that due to revisions made in the plan clarifying that it applies to the Bluenose East and Bluenose West Areas within the Délı̨nę District, the question is no longer applicable.
This is the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council) response to an undertakings to Colville taken on March 2, 2016 at the Bluenose East Caribou Herd Public Hearing, regarding Belarewı́le Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́ – Caribou for All Time: A Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę Plan of Action (the Plan). The undertakings are as follows:
This is a response submitted by the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council) to Information Request 10 from the Wek'èezhı̀ı Renewable Resources Board (WRRB) for their Bluenose East Caribou Hearing, and is of special interest to the Ɂedzo Got'ı̨nę Gots'ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board) since it relates to the Belarewı́lé Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ under consideration at the Sahtú Bluenose East Ɂekwę́ Hearing.
The question is as follows: The new Wildlife Act for the Northwest Territories came into force in November 2014. There are a number of actions and approaches for the purpose of ensuring compliance for caribou harvest. What role has your organization played in the compliance and public education programs run by ENR for the Bluenose-East caribou herd?
The Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę response notes the following: "The primary emphasis for Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę collaboration with NWT Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) as a co-management partner during this first season of implementation of the Belarewı́lé Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́ plan (winter 2015-2016) has been not so much on Délı̨nę participation ENR compliance and public education programs, but the reverse – Délı̨nę has invited ENR to participate in its plan implementation activities."
Four key areas of collaboration during the 2015-2016 winter harvest season, and four areas of potential future collaboration in 2016-2017 are listed.
The Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council) response to six Round 2 Information Requests from NWT Environment and Natural Resources regarding the Belarewı́lé Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ - Caribou for All Time conservation proposal.
This document contains responses by the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council) to two questions posed by the Ɂehzo Got'ı̨nę Gots'ę́ Nákedı in a letter dated April 21 related to the Belarewı́le Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ proposal.
The questions addressed are as follows:
There was evidence at the SRRB and WRRB hearings about how different user groups from the Tłı̨chǫ, Nunavut and Sahtú all use the Bluenose East herd. You have had time to think about the questions raised by Colville Lake in the March 1-3 hearings, and the evidence from the regions in the April 6-8 hearings in Behchokǫ̀. Do you have more thoughts about how you see the plan interacting with plans developed for other user groups, such as the Tłı̨chǫ and other Sahtu communities?
This question is about how you see the Plan and Code relating to enforcement under the Wildlife Act, if people do not follow the harvesting thresholds you have set out.
Délı̨nę’s Code proposes an alternative community-based enforcement process for dealing with people who do not follow the caribou harvesting code. That process, as we understand it, starts with the person's family speaking directly to the person who is not abiding by the Code, then moves to a Sentencing Circle process and then, if it is not resolved, referral of the matter to GNWT for enforcement under the Wildlife Act. Enforcement is an area outside the SRRB's jurisdiction but the ability of Délı̨nę to demonstrate that the Code will be effective is an important consideration in understanding the conservation implications of the Plan and Code. The Board is aware that there are mechanisms under the Wildlife Act that allow for alternative enforcement programs. For instance, the Wildlife Act allows alternative enforcement measures can be used to deal with offences under the Wildlife Act if certain conditions are met. One of those conditions, for example, is that an alternative enforcement program would have to be authorized by the Minister of Justice.
Do you see the entire three-step Délı̨nę Code enforcement program being an alternative under the existing Wildlife Act, or do you see the Délı̨nę enforcement program as a process completely outside the Wildlife Act that is recognized by the Wildlife Act as an alternative only at the third and last step in the proposed process?
Would Délı̨nę be willing to work with the GNWT to develop an alternative enforcement measures program authorized by the GNWT Minister of Justice?
This final submission from the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council - RRC) includes
This presentation, submitted by NWT Environment and Natural Resources, is entitled "Status & Proposed Management 2016-2019 for Bluenose-East Caribou Herd." The presentation is in two parts:
The document also includes a link to the animations of barren-ground caribou herd movements presented during the hearing. These can be found on page 3 of the presentation, or by clicking here.
This final submission by NWT Environment and Natural Resources includes the following:
This information request submitted by NWT Environment and Natural Resources to Délı̨nę includes six questions on the following topics related to the Belarewı́lé Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ - Caribou Forever proposal:
This is the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management Proposal to the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board and Wildlife Management Advisory Council. It is a three-year proposal, that covers Nov 2016 to 2019.
This document provides a summary of ENR responses to Aboriginal inputs in leaders meetings that occurred in August and November 2014 and the technical meetings held during October 2014. It is important to note that these meetings discussed both the Bathurst caribou herd and the BNE caribou herd and some of the actions relate to the Bathurst herd.
This document provides additional information regarding SRRB Round 1 Information Request 5 regarding evidence of underreporting of harvesting.
In this document ENR provides additional information in answer to question 6b from the the Board's initial request for additional information. The answer provides further details about how ENR determined its proposed harvest allocation level for the BNE herd.
This document includes responses to the 41 Information Requests submitted by Colville Parties to ENR.
ENR's first round of reponses to the Board's January 22 information request regarding their Bluenose East Caribou Management proposal.
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