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.
  • Advisory Committee for Cooperation on Wildlife Management


    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.

    The ACCWM meets, at minimum, once per year (usually in November) to discuss the status of the three caribou herds and coordinate management actions across their ranges. For more information click here.


    Taking Care of Caribou Management Plan


  • Nę K’ǝ Dene Ts’ı̨lı̨ Forum

    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. 

    Past Meetings

    23-06-13 to 
    In-person Forum gathering in Tulita. 
    23-04-24 NWT Species at Risk
    23-04-14 Waterfowl population, Hare and Small Mammal Surveys
    23-03-10 Land, Peoples, Relationship Model with Joe Copper Black
    23-02-03  NWT Biodiversity Monitoring Program, Mackenzie Valley Winter Road
    23-01-20 Mercury and other Contaminants in Fish
    22-12-20 Todzi Range Plan
    22-12-09 O'Grady & Permafrost
    22-11-25 Herd Film Screening
    22-11-18 Northern Mountain Caribou
    22-11-16 Petroleum Histories Project
    22-11-01 COVID-19 Response Evaluation Report
    22-10-25 Mackenzie Valley Winter Road, Water Licences
    22-10-12 Dene Bere (country foods) campaign
    22-10-07 Bull trout, Species at Risk
    22-08-29 Holistic Long-term Continuum of Care Report Review
    22-08-17 Species at Risk
    22-07-22 Human Biomonitoring Results
    22-07-19 Berries
    22-06-30 Colonialism in Canada
    22-05-24 Winter Snow Track Surveys
    22-05-19 Aurora College Facilities
    22-05-12 Covid-19 Response Evaluation
    22-04-08 Facilitation and Participatory Leadership Training
    22-03-25 Todzi Atlas
    22-03-18 Community Conservation Planning Toolkit Development
    22-03-11 River Journeys
    22-02-17 Petroleum History and Reclamation Mapping
    22-02-11 Holistic Long-Term Continuum of Health
    21-12-03 Boreal Caribou Range Planning
    21-11-26 Mackenzie Valley Highway
    Dene Astronomy
    NWT Species at Risk
    Délı̨nę Public Listening Session - Regional Workshop Prep Call
    Paying the Land book discussion
    Sahtú Research and Monitoring Strategy
    CIMP Draft Action Plan
    Forestry Funding Application
    Board Engagement and Consultation (MVLWB and MVEIRB)
    A Century of Petroleum Extraction at Tłegǫ́hłı̨ (Norman Wells): Indigenous knowledge for Indigenous guardianship
    Sahtú Harvest Study
    Dene Béré Campaign
    Community Harvester Assistance Program/Mackenzie Valley Furs Program Review
    Muskox Research
    Délı̨nę 2021 Public Listening Session - Regional Workshop Planning
    Canadian Mountain Network Hub - Letter of Intent 
     Caribou Landscape and Forestry Funding Applications
     Délı̨nę 2021 Public Listening Session - Planning Discussion 
    Boreal Caribou Range Planning 
    Colville 2020 Public Listening Session - Final Report 
    CIMP Letter of Intent - Birds, Imperial Closure & Reclamation and Fish
    Letter of Intent - Climate change and Dene Béré Campaign
    Funding Proposal - caribou, wildfire and climate change 
    Imperial Oil Closure 
     River Journeys, Treaty 11 (second meeting)
    River Journeys, Treaty 11 
    Little Critters Status Ranking
    Water Stewardship Strategy
    Initiatives and Networking during the pandemic period
    CIMP Letter of Intent, Research and Monitoring Updates, Research Licences 
     CIMP Letter of Intent Call, Tsá Túé Research Monitoring Workshop, Forum member roles, Sahtú Monitoring Framework and Research Strategy
     Sahtú Harvest Study Community Engagement, Summer Plans, Research Licences Referral Process
    Sahtú Harvest Study Presentation
    Barren-ground Caribou Research, Research Updates, Cross-Cultural Research Camp
    Workshop Debrief, Gathering of Caribou Debrief and upcoming Forum activities
    Research Proposals and Forum Workplan
    Roundtable updates, Environmental Studies Research Fund, 
    Wildlife Cumulative Effects Monitoring
    Overview of Central Mackenzie Shale Oil Partnership and Forum Workplan
    Updates from Partners and Terms of Reference Overview
    Yellowknife Forum Workshop
    Forum Terms of Reference



  • Sahtú Youth Network

    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. 


    Website: https://sahtuyouthnetwork.squarespace.com/youthgatherings 


  • Species At Risk Conference of Management Authorities

    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


  • Wildlife Act Working Group

    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