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Notice of Public Hearing for Kwetı̨ı̨ɂaà (Rayrock) Remediation Project

On April 28 to 30, 2021 the WLWB will be holding a public hearing for the Type A Water Licence (W2020L8-0003) and Type A Land Use Permit (W2020X0005) Applications for Kwetı̨ı̨ɂaà’s Remediation Project. This hearing will be held both in-person at the Explorer Hotel, and virtually via Zoom, with Community Hubs in Wekweètì, Gamètì, Whatì, and Behchokǫ. You can watch the live feed via this page (live link will be posted below) or on Cabin Radio’s Facebook page.

EMAB is Hiring

The Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board (EMAB), a public watchdog for environmental protection for the Diavik Diamonds Project, is looking for a new Environmental Specialist. Please see the linked job description here.

Please apply by April 16 to the Executive Director.

MVLWB EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board is seeking two energetic and highly organized individuals for two different positions - a Regulatory Technician and a Regulatory Specialist. The jobs are located in our Yellowknife office. For further details, please click here for the job posting that closes Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Resource Co-Management Workshop 2021 - Materials Now Available

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley (the Boards), the Mackenzie Valley Review Board, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada are excited to host the Resource Co-management Workshop 2021 online from March 9 - 11, 2021. This year’s workshop theme is Well-being and the MVRMA: Making good resource co-management decisions in the Mackenzie Valley.

Notice of Public Hearing Cancellation

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) did not receive any Interventions for Arctic Canadian Diamond Company Ltd.’s (ACDC) Renewal Application. In addition, no requests to appear and make representations at the hearing were received. On February 19, 2021, the WLWB received ACDC’s consent to dispose of the matter without a public hearing.

Rayrock Technical Session

Beginning January 26, 2021, the WLWB will be holding a Technical Session for the Rayrock - Type A Water Licence and Type A Land Use Permit Applications (W2020L8-0003 and W2020X-0005). This session will be held virtually via Zoom Video Conference, as well as at Tree of Peace in Yellowknife. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, only invited guests may attend in person. Those invited guests must bring their own laptop, headset, and mask to the session.

2021 MVRMA Workshop

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley (the Boards), the Mackenzie Valley Review Board, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada are excited to host the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA) Workshop 2021 online from March 9 - 11, 2021. This year’s workshop theme is Well-being and the MVRMA: Making good resource co-management decisions in the Mackenzie Valley.

2021 Youth Multimedia Contest

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are pleased to launch the 2021 Youth Multimedia Contest! Contest details are below. Please encourage our Youth to participate, and include the hashtag #landandwater when using social media to promote the contest.  To access the entry form, click here.

WATCH IT LIVE – Diavik Public Hearing Starts Today

The Public Hearing for Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc.’s Type A Water Licence Amendment Application to deposit Processed Kimberlite to Mine Workings, is starting today and will run until December 18, 2020. This hearing is virtual, and members of the public can participate by:

WATCH IT LIVE – Diavik Public Hearing

On December 16, 17, and 18, 2020, the Wek'èezhìı Land and Water Board will be holding a public hearing for Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc.’s Type A Water Licence Amendment Application to deposit Processed Kimberlite to Mine Workings. Members of the Public can participate in the hearing by:

2020 Youth NWT Water Stewardship Multimedia Contest

The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources 2020 Youth NWT Water Stewardship Multimedia Contest deadline is fast approaching!

NWT youth aged 25 and under are invited to enter submissions in one of the following categories that capture their connection to water:

LWB Release Communique

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley have released a communique regarding Crown Consultation in relation to the LWBs’ Online Review System (ORS) items. Please see the attached for further details.

NTPC - Bluefish - Technical Session

September 22-23, 2020, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board will be running a virtual technical session which is intended to provide a forum where parties can discuss their concerns regarding the new application MV2020L4-0005 directly with the proponent and their consultants. Please note that the technical session is not a public hearing and the Board members and their legal counsel will not be participating. It is the Board's wish that the technical session be as informal as possible in order to promote discussion.

Town of Hay River - Public Hearing

Coming up September 8-10, 2020 there will be a Public Hearing for the town of Hay River’s Municipal Type A Water Licence Application, MV2019L3-0010. The hearing will be held in Hay River, NT, at the Hay River Recreation Center - Multipurpose Room as well as virtually. For those wishing to attend, see the attached document for details.

Public Hearing Agenda

DeBeers Gahcho Kue Pre-Hearing Conference

There will be a Pre-Hearing Conference Thursday, August 27, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm MT for the March 2020 Amendment Applications for the Gahcho Kue Project Water Licence and Land Use Permit Application (MV2005L2-0015 & MV2005C0032). The conference will be run via teleconference and is intended for those wanting to be an intervener in this specific process so that they can learn/understand how the hearing will go and ask any questions on the process. For further details, including how to call in, please see the attached document. 

 

Notice of Public Hearing Cancellation

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) did not receive any Interventions for the Government of the Northwest Territories’ Department of Infrastructure's (GNWT-INF’s) Type A Proceeding for the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road. In addition, no requests to appear and make representations at the hearing were received. On August 5, 2020, the WLWB received GNWT-INF’s consent to dispose of the matter without a public hearing. Therefore, the public hearing scheduled by the Board for August 20, 2020 has now been cancelled under subsection 41(3) of the Waters Act.

Tłı̨chǫ Annual Gathering 2020

Due to the pandemic, the format for this year's Tłı̨chǫ Annual Gathering has changed. The in-person portion has been cancelled, and the remaining events will be online. For further details, click here

Technical Session for DeBeers - Gahcho Kue

Beginning tomorrow, July 7, 2020, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board will be running a virtual technical session which is intended to provide a forum where parties can discuss their concerns regarding the amendment applications to files MV2005C0032 and MV2005L2-0015 directly with the proponent and their consultants. Please note that the technical session is not a public hearing and Board members and their legal counsel will not be participating. It is the Board’s wish that the technical session be as informal as possible in order to promote discussion.

Notice of Public Hearing Cancellation

The WLWB received Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc.’s (DDMI’s) response to Interventions on the A21 Underground Mining Proceeding. Since no requests to appear and make representations at the hearing were received, DDMI has consented to the disposition of the matter without a public hearing. Therefore, the public hearing scheduled by the Board for May 13, 2020 has now been cancelled under subsection 41(3) of the Waters Act. 

 

Review Board Perspectives Paper 2020

The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board has released their Perspectives Paper on Evolving Impact Assessment in the Mackenzie Valley and Beyond. This paper provides their perspective on key themes in environmental impact assessment, considering emerging practices in the Mackenzie Valley and across Canada. You can access it here