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

Folder 2.0 Proposals for Decision and Supporting Documentation

Bluenose East Caribou Management Hearing - March 2016


pdf Colville Information Request - ENR BNE Management Proposal 16-02-13 Popular

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:

  1. Management strategy and methods
  2. Commitments under the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and NWT
    Wildlife Act
  3. Caribou status and Total Allowable Harvest
  4. Other factors

pdf Délı̨nę Belare wı́le Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ - Caribou for All Time proposal 16-01-08 edition Popular

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).

pdf Délı̨nę Belare Wı́le Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ - Caribou for All Time Proposal VERSION 2 16-05-20 Popular

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:

New section added: Conservation Approach

  • Explains some key Dene harvesting and governance concepts that underlie the plan
  • Describes areas in which Dene approach conservation in a different way than other systems of resource management

New section added: Our Plan for Action

  • Revised former Workplanning section, moving detailed actions into Appendix D and describing broader conservation goals and strategies by program area in new section of plan body

New program area details added: Ɂededáhk’ǝ́ (Habitat)

  • Addressed community interest in having plan include more about ‘big picture’ issues like climate change and habitat protection
  • Added specific sites recommended for protection and actions to address climate change

Ɂekwę́ Nátsezé Ɂeɂa moved into relevant action program area from Appendix B

  • Information formerly in appendix was revised and added to the relevant program area in the plan

New Appendix A added: Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę Community Members Participating in Belarewı́le Gots’ę́ Ɂekwę́ Planning Process

  • List of community members involved in Working Group meetings to date

New Appendix C added: RRC Responsibilities Under the Land Claim

  • Contains relevant clauses from the Sahtú Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1993) pertaining to Renewable Resource Council responsibilities for wildlife and wildlife habitat

Délı̨nę Ɂekwę́ Code (former Appendix C) revised and moved to Appendix E

  • Refined ideas around who the Harvest Code applies to and how it impacts Sahtú participants and people from other communities

Removed Appendix D: Practicing Our Ɂekwę́ Nátsezé Ɂeɂa

  • Former appendix detailing Working Group responses to ENR questions about how the Harvest Policy would work in practice removed

More Dene language and concepts incorporated throughout plan

  • Did additional language work to better understand Dene ecological concepts
  • Added many Dene words and phrases to better reflect Dene perspective


  • Updated working group members with additional names since latest meetings
  • Updated process sections to include hearings and recent meetings.

pdf Délı̨nę Caribou Code 16-01-08 Popular

This document is the same as Appendix C in Belarewı́lé Gotsę́ 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).

pdf Délı̨nę Undertaking to Sahtú Youth Connection 16-04-29 Popular

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:

  • Provide information about how Deline defines the area of "the locations where Deline has traditionally harvested in the Bluenose West area" as referenced on page 30 of the Deline Plan.

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.

pdf Délı̨nę Undertakings to Colville 16-04-29 Popular

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:

  1. Is Délı̨nę asking to establish a Total Allowable Harvest (TAH) for Délı̨nę as a whole that reflects what is written in the Code?
  2. With respect to s. 7 of the Délı̨nę plan which refers to harvesting 150 Bluenose-East and [50] Bluenose-West – is Délı̨nę asking the Board to make a locally applicable harvest for Délı̨nę or a locally applicable TAH of those numbers of caribou within the Délı̨nę district as a whole?
  3. If Délı̨nę is requesting a TAH established through the community of Délı̨nę or within the Délı̨nę district, is Délı̨nę requesting that the harvest can only be carried out within the Délı̨nę district; must that quota of caribou only be harvested in the Délı̨nę district or does it travel with the Délı̨nę participant to other areas of the Sahtú?
  4. Regarding other Sahtú beneficiaries – is Délı̨nę requesting the Board to limit the rights of Sahtú participants to harvest any caribou in addition to the 150 BNE and 50 BNW caribou in the Délı̨nę district?
  5. Is Délı̨nę requesting the Board to limit the exercise of rights on the part of Délı̨nę participants to harvest BNE and BNW only in the Délı̨nę district?

pdf Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Response - WRRB Information Request - 16-02-27 Popular

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.

pdf Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Responses - ENR BNE Information Requests Round 2 - 16-02-27 Popular

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.

pdf Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Responses - SRRB Questions 16-05-04 Popular

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:

  1. 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?

  2. 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?

pdf Délı̨́nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Final Submission to SRRB Hearing 16 05 20 Popular

This final submission from the Délı̨nę Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę (Renewable Resources Council - RRC) includes

  • Key considerations in relation to the management proposal submitted by NWT Environment and Natural Resources as well as the final submissions by Colville and the Tulı́t'a and Fort Good Hope RRCs.
  • A summary listing of key revisions in Version 2 of the Belarewíle Gots'ę́ Ɂekwę́ proposal (posted to this registry as a separate document).
  • Appendices consisting of a compilation of written documents submitted to the Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Gots'ę́ Nákedı and Wek'èezhı̀ı Renewable Resources Board as part of their Bluenose East hearing proceedings.

pdf ENR BNE Hearing Presentation 16-02-28 Popular

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:

  • Bluenose-East Herd Status
  • Proposed Actions

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.

pdf ENR Final Submission to SRRB hearing and Schedule A 16 05 20 Popular

This final submission by NWT Environment and Natural Resources includes the following:

  • An outline of the relevant Ɂehdzo Got'ı̨nę Gots'ę́ Nákedı (Sahtú Renewable Resources Board) mandate per the Sahtú Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, including the statement of principles, objectives and provisions related to limitation of the harvest.
  • The Need for Conservation: Status of the Bluenose-East herd.
  • Main Elements of the Bluenose-East Management Proposal, including: Hunter Harvest; Predator Management; and Monitoring.
  • What we heard during the public hearing, including: importance of maintaining caribou harvest for Aboriginal cultures; leadership in caribou conservation from Délįne; caribou collars; predator management; development and maintaining healthy habitat; co‐management through community outreach, education and involvement; Sahtú Needs Level.
  • Schedule A: Submission to the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board.

pdf ENR Information Request - Deline Plan 16-02-12 Popular

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: 

  1. Enforcement of the community caribou plan
  2. Authorization to harvest
  3. Measures to ensure bull harvest
  4. Harvest reporting and monitoring
  5. Cross-regional conservation measures
  6. How the community caribou plan relates to the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board's recommendations and the co-management process


pdf ENR Management Proposal for BNE 2016-2017 FINAL compiled Popular

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.

pdf ENR Response Addendum - Round 1 - SRRB Question 1 - 16-02-26 Popular

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.

pdf ENR Response Addendum - Round 1 - SRRB Question 5 - 16-02-26 Popular

This document provides additional information regarding SRRB Round 1 Information Request 5 regarding evidence of underreporting of harvesting.

pdf ENR Response Addendum - Round 1 - SRRB Question 6 - 16-02-03 Popular

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.

pdf ENR Responses - Colville BNE Information Requests - 16-02-26 Popular

This document includes responses to the 41 Information Requests submitted by Colville Parties to ENR.

pdf ENR Responses - SRRB BNE Information Requests Round 1 - 16-01-29 Popular

ENR's first round of reponses to the Board's January 22 information request regarding their Bluenose East Caribou Management proposal.