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WLWB holding Diavik public hearing this week

The Wek'èezhìı Land and Water Board is holding a public hearing in Behchokǫ̀ this week regarding Diavik Diamond Mines Inc.'s water licence amendment application. The proposed amendment pertains to the decommissioning of the Diavik project located in Lac de Gras, NT.

The public hearing will provide an opportunity for stakeholders and members of the public to express their views and engage in discussions related to this significant amendment application. The hearing will take place at the Behchokǫ̀ Ko Gocho Centre (Sportsplex) in Behchokǫ̀ on the following dates:

Welcome to our summer students!

The Wek'èezhìı Land and Water Board (WLWB) is thrilled to announce the addition of two new summer students who will be joining our team at our offices for the upcoming months. We are excited to welcome Aaron Jeremick'ca from Whati, who will be assisting the WLWB team at our Yellowknife office, and Cole Ekendia from Behchokǫ̀, who will be supporting our operations in our Wekweètì office.

Both Aaron and Cole have plans to pursue their post-secondary education starting in the fall. Their dedication and enthusiasm are valuable assets that will contribute to our team's success.

SAVE THE DATE: Resource Co-Management Workshop coming in October

A three-day workshop on resource co-management will be held in Fort Simpson from October 17 to 19, 2023. Possible topics on the workshop agenda may include an introduction to Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act as well as updates from local projects, the Dehcho Land Use Planning Committee, and reclamation activities. Participants and interested parties are encouraged to share their suggestions for the agenda by sending an email to

More information on the workshop will be provided at a later date.

Diavik Amendment Application Public Hearing

A Diavik Amendment Application Public Hearing will be taking place at the Kǫ̀ Gocho Sportsplex Centre in Behchokǫ̀ from May 30 to June 1. 

Anyone who has questions about the hearing or for any of the presenters, please email Ryan Fequet.

Please see the full agenda for details. 

CANCELLED: LWB Engagement Guidelines Workshop

It is with great disappointment that the Land and Water Boards announce the cancellation of the LWB Engagement Guidelines workshop (scheduled for May 17) due to the current wildfire and evacuation situations unfolding in the NWT. Further communication about the LWBs’ Guideline update process and rescheduling of the workshop will occur at a later date.

Our thoughts and hearts are with the Kátł'odeeche First Nation and community of Hay River at this time.

Please stay safe.

Public hearing cancellation

This is a notice that the Public Hearing for the Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Infrastructure’s (GNWT-INF’s) Water Licence Amendment (W2020L8-0001) for increased Water Use on the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road has been cancelled. 

Ekati Closure Workshop Cancelled

The Ekati Closure Workshop, originally scheduled for May 1 to 5, has been cancelled. This is due to the fact that Version 3.1 of Arctic Diamond's Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan is not yet ready for public review. 

The Board and Arctic staff are working to ensure that the submission conforms to all the necessary requirements. The workshop may be re-scheduled at a later date. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Executive Director Ryan Fequet.  


The Wek'èezhìı Land and Water Board (WLWB) will be hosting a Technical Session for the renewal of the water licence for the Ekati Mine at the Tree of Peace in Yellowknife from March 27 to 29. 

The Technical Session Agenda can be viewed here

Land and Water Boards release updated Engagement and Consultation Policy

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley (LWBs) have released an updated Engagement and Consultation Policy, emphasizing the importance of early and meaningful engagement for well-planned projects and efficient regulatory processes. The newest version of the policy document, which has been several years in the making, is critical in helping the LWBs carry out permitting, licensing, and preliminary screening in the Mackenzie Valley.


The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board is pleased to announce that Dr. Kathleen Racher has accepted an offer to become the next Executive Director (ED) of the organization. She will replace Dr. Shelagh Montgomery when she leaves the Board at the end of March 2023.

Final Virtual MVRMA Workshop of 2022 this week

The final Virtual MVRMA Workshop Series of 2022 will take place during the mornings of Dec. 15 and 16. 

The fourth workshop will focus on how decision-making within the co-management system is adapting to climate change. 

Registration remains open and the draft agenda and other information can be found on our MVRMA Workshop page.  

Please email Kate Mansfield at for any further questions or comments. 

Tłı̨chǫ Arts Holiday Sale and Showcase

Tłı̨chǫ artists will be on hand this weekend to help you celebrate the Christmas season.  

The Tree of Peace Friendship Centre in Yellowknife will be hosting a special holiday sale and showcase on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Traditionally made arts and crafts made by respected Tłı̨chǫ artists from all four communities will be available for gift-giving and enjoyment this season.

Land and Water Boards closed for Remembrance Day

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley (LWBs) will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honour of Remembrance Day. 

Staff and Board members acknowledge the sacrifice that Canada's Veterans have made so that we can live in peace and freedom.

Regular office hours will resume on Monday, Nov. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

Lest We Forget. 

Employment Opportunity: Conservation Areas, Project Coordinator

The Tłı̨chǫ Government is currently hiring a Conservation Areas, Project Coordinator located in Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories.  Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume for the full-time, two-year term position up to Nov. 8, 2022. 

All applications must be sent to

The Conservation Areas, Project Coordinator involves overseeing the Tłı̨chǫ Government’s conservation initiatives including protected area planning, project management, research and community engagement.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley will be closed on Friday, Sept. 30 in recognition of the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Our office will reopen on Monday, Oct. 3.

We recognize the day’s importance in raising awareness of the truth and history of residential schools in Canada.

Renewable Resources Board seeking 2023 calendar photos

The Wek'èezhìı Renewable Resources Board is now putting together its annual 2023 calendar. 

We are now accepting photos for the 'Our Favourite Wek'eezhii Waterways' calendar which will feature lakes, rivers, and streams - throughout all four season the year.

We are hoping to capture landscape images of special bodies of water which mean the most to you and your family and culture. 

The deadlines for submission is Sept. 15, 2022. 

Engagement and Consultation workshop coming in September

The next virtual Resource Co-management Workshop will focus on Engagement and Consultation and will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29.

You are invited to register for the event through our webform found here.

This workshop will be the third of four scheduled in 2022 and it will be hosted by the Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley, the Mackenzie Valley Review Board, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada.

WLWB to host community dinner in Whatì, June 27

The Wek' èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) invites residents to join us for a community dinner in Whatì on Monday, June 27 at 5 p.m. 

The event will be held at the culture centre. 

Come and meet your WLWB board and staff members and find out what we do. 

Ask questions and provide any feedback you may have! 


The WLWB will be holding a public hearing for Nighthawk's Water Licence Amendment Applications and Land Use Permit Applications today and tomorrow (April 12 &13, 2022), from 9 to 4pm daily, at the Explorer Hotel, as well as via Zoom. You can view the hearing live below, or on Cabin Radio's Facebook page.