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

2009-2013 Bluenose Caribou Management Plan Engagement

One of the top priorities identified by at the 2007 Caribou Summit was the need for an updated Management Plan. In 2008, the Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management (ACCWM) decided to develop a plan for the Cape Bathurst, Bluenose-West, and Bluenose-East barren-ground caribou herds to address management issues over the long term. Between 2007 and 2013, meetings to gather information for the Management Plan were held in Colville Lake, Fort Good Hope, Norman Wells, Tulít’a, and Délı̨nę, as well as communities in other regions that the Bluenose West caribou travel through: the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich’in Settlement Area, Wek’ èezhı̀i (Tłı̨chǫ Region), Dehcho Region, and Kitikmeot Region.

The Management Plan was drafted using community input received during three main ‘Rounds’ of engagement. Each member/Board represented at the Working Group decided how the meetings and engagement would take place in their region, and so the process differed somewhat from region to region. In the Sahtú Region, the engagement was led by NWT Environment and Natural Resources (ENR).

The Bluenose Caribou Management Plan was approved by the ACCWM and submitted to the Minister in November 2014. Two companion documents support the Management Plan. One is a Technical Report produced by ENR that contains the most current scientific information on the herds and their status. The other is a report called “We have been living with the caribou all our lives...”. It contains information documented during the community engagements in all the regions. A compilation of Sahtú information from this report is provided below.

A lot of information was documented during community engagement in the Sahtú Region. The Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gotsę́ Nákedı has extracted the Sahtú sections of the Community Engagement report as a separate document for easy reference.