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Joe Mackenzie is appointed as Chair as of September 6, 2018

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board would like to congratulate Joe Mackenzie on his appointment to serve a three-year term as Chair. Joe continues to reside in Behchokǫ and practice traditional on-the-land activities. Joe has served on the Board since January 2012 and we look forward to many more!

Draft Amended Rules of Procedure

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are proposing to amend the 2004 Rules of Procedure. Reviewers are invited to submit comments and recommendations using the Online Review System (ORS) by September 13, 2018.

Link to ORS


Board Member Farewell

The Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board would like to thank both Violet Camsell-Blondin and Rita Mueller for their time serving as Board members. They have made invaluable contributions towards the evolution of the organization and to the Tlicho people. We wish them well in their future endeavours.

Issued: 28/02/2018

Holiday Office Closure

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board offices are closed from:

Friday, December 22, 2017 to Monday January 1, 2018. 

Offices will re-open on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

❄ ❆ ❅ Taati eyits’ǫ edàidzęècho nezį naxixè hozį nįdè  ts’įwǫ! ❄ ❆ ❅

WLWB Holiday Open House!

Good day everyone,

You're invited to welcome the Holidays and the New Year at the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board’s Annual Open House between 3pm and 6pm on Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board Yellowknife Office. 


Masi, and hope to see you all there! 

Issued: 04/12/2017


Welcome to the team, Kassandra and Anita!

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board would like to welcome Ms. Kassandra DeFrancis and Ms. Anita Ogaa as Regulatory Specialists. Both Kassandra and Anita bring their regulatory experiences from consulting backgrounds to the Wek’èezhìi  team. 

GNWT & MVLWB Release: Guideline for Effluent Mixing Zones

Please be advised that the final version of the Guideline for Effluent Mixing Zones is now available for staff and public use.

This updated Guideline will improve clarity for applicants and other parties with respect to water licensing decisions related to effluent discharge and the use of mixing zones.

The Guideline is posted on the Policies and Guidelines page (within “Resources” menu item) and is available for download.

Regulatory Manager Position: MVLWB

Career Opportunity - Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board

Job Title: Regulatory Manager 

Location: Yellowknife, NT 

Term/Remuneration: Full-time, permanent position (term position may be considered) 

Application Deadline: September 29, 2017

Employment Opportunity: Regulatory Specialist, WLWB

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board is seeking an energetic and highly organized individual to conduct reviews and assessments of major applications for land and water use in the Wek’èezhìi Region. This challenging opportunity includes a competitive compensation and benefits package. Interested candidates are invited to apply in confidence by September 15, 2017.

Please refer to the job posting attached for further details.

Tlicho All-Season Road Environmental Assessment Technical Session

The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board (MVEIRB) is holding a technical session for the Tlicho All-Season Road Project (Environmental Assessment 1617-01) on August 15 & 16, 2017 in Behchoko, NT. If required, MVEIRB will hold an additional day of technical session on Thursday, August 17. Parties and their technical advisors are strongly encouraged to attend the technical session in person. 

Resource Co-Management Workshop Reports

WRRB Appointment Opportunity

Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is seeking expressions of interest from the public in serving on the Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board, pursuant to the open and transparent process for appointments announced by the Prime Minister last year. The deadline to submit expressions of interest is May 23, 2017. 


The Land and Water Board’s Online Registry is back online. We thank you for your patience while we resolve this issue. Please continue to send feedback on our updated registry to Ryan Fequet

Updated: 05/05/2017


MVLWB Water Licences: Municipal Compliance and Cooperation

The Land and Water Boards of the Mackenzie Valley are responsible for issuing water licences to community governments as required by the Waters Act. However, the responsibility of ensuring and monitoring compliance is shared with the various departments of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).

In May 2016, the Boards requested collaboration with the GNWT to improve water licence (WL) compliancy and the effectiveness of the current licencing process.

Ekati Amendment Public Hearing - Cancelled

Dominion Diamond Ekati Corporation submitted an Application to amend their Type A Water Licence (W2012L2-0001) to increase the annual water use limits for Two Rock and Sable Lake to support the Sable pit development at Ekati Diamond Mine. In accordance with paragraph 41(2)(a) of the Waters Act, the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board (WLWB) scheduled a Public Hearing for March 2, 2017.