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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Engineering and Scientific Support Services

The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB), Sahtu Land and Water Board (SLWB), Gwich’in Land and Water Board (GLWB), and Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board (WLWB) are requesting a statement of qualifications from contractors to supply engineering and scientific support services on an as-and-when needed basis.

Updated Online Registry

The Land and Water Boards have launched our updated Online Registry. We are making every effort to avoid interruption in our service, and do recognize there are issues to address. Please send any feedback to Ryan Fequet. We appreciate your patience during the transition.

Issued: 30/01/2017


Resource Co-Management Workshop

Registration for the Hay River Resource Co-Management Workshop (January 25-26, 2017) is now closed. Thank you for participation. 

Please note that once the maximum number of participants has been reached, names will be added to a waiting list. Registration closes Friday, January 13, 2017.

WLWB Holiday Open House

Happening Today!

You are cordially invited to join the WLWB at our annual Holiday Open House this afternoon, Friday, December 16, 2017, beginning at 3:00pm

There will be appetizers, beverages, games and prizes, and lots of Christmas cheer…so join us in ringing in the holiday!

Ekati Jay Project Technical Session

The Technical Sessions for the Ekati Jay Project will be held on October 4 - 6, 2016 at the Behchokǫ̀ Culture Centre. The sessions will start at 1:00 pm on the 4th, and 8:30 am on the 5th and 6th. A community dinner and information session on the WLWB process will be held at 5:00 pm on October 5th.


The agenda is available here.


Municipal Water Licence Compliance: Letter to the Ministers

The Boards 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. 

Pan-Territorial Assessment and Regulatory Boards Forum

The Forum was established to enable representatives from the regulatory and environmental assessment boards based in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon to share best practices, explore common challenges, and discuss potential solutions.

Diavik - Amendment - TSS - Meeting on July 26, 2016

 The Board will convene a teleconference and face to face meeting in Yellowknife on July 26th (the Meeting) to discuss the concerns expressed about the TSS limits and sampling requirements by DDMI in its May 27th correspondence to the Minister if ENR. The Meeting will be held in the Greenstone Building, 2nd floor Boardroom, from 1:00-5:00pm MST. 

Canada Post Work Stoppage

Due to the potential work stoppage by Canada Post, if you intend to submit or have submitted an application and/or other documentation to the Board during this period, please contact our office to confirm receipt and/or inquire about an alternative method for submission. 

Welcome to the team, Tom!

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board would like to welcome Tom Bradbury as a Regulatory Specialist. Tom brings with him a wealth of experience ranging from a regulator with the Sahtu Land and Water Board in Fort Good Hope, a Water Resource Inspector with the federal government in Norman Wells, to a permitting coordinator at the Snap Lake Mine. We look forward to Tom being part of the Wek’èezhìi team!

Diavik Amendment Public Hearing - February 12, 2016

The Public Hearing for the application to amend Part H, Item 31 of Diavik's Water Licence W2015L2-0001 will be on February 12, 2016 from 8:30 am - 5:00pm at the Tree of Peace in Yellowknife.

Please see the WLWB Online Registry under Water Licence File Number W2015L2-0001 or call 867-765-4592 for more details.

Welcome Anneli Jokela!

The Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board would like to welcome Ms. Anneli Jokela to the team! Anneli has a PhD in Ecology and has previously worked with ERM-Rescan as an aquatic biologist here in Yellowknife. She will certainly be a great asset to our team and we look forward to her jumping into the deep end with our busy schedule for the year ahead.

Masi cho, Tracella!


The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board would like to thank Tracella Romie for all her hard work at the office. Tracella helped us out for 7 weeks through SideDoor’s Youth Employment Pilot Project (YEPP). Masi, and best of luck in your future endeavours! 


The Wek’èezhı̀i Land and Water Board offices will be closed on Tuesday August 4th, 2015 for Tłı̨chǫ Day. 

Welcome Meghan Schnurr!

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board is excited to welcome Ms. Meghan Schnurr to our regulatory team! Meghan moved up from Guelph, Ontario and previously worked with Hutchinson Environmental Services. She will be an excellent addition to the team. 

Diavik Renewal Public Hearing - Thank you for participating!

The Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board would like to thank everyone who participated in the Public Hearing for the renewal of Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc.'s Type A Water Licence at the Culture Centre in Behchoko, NT.

Materials related to this proceeding can be reviewed at the WLWB's Yellowknife office (#1-4905 48th St.) or on the WLWB's Online Registry under W2015L2-0001. For further information, please contact the WLWB at (867) 765-4592.

Masi Cho, Brett Wheler!

The Wek’eezhii Land and Water Board would like to thank Brett Wheler for all his hard work and leadership during the last five years. In his time with the Board, Brett served as a Regulatory Specialist and then stepped into the Acting Executive Director role, providing guidance and exemplifying what co-management is all about. We wish Brett all the best in his new position at the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board! 

NWT Supreme Court's Injunction Decision

The Land and Water Boards have received the NWT Supreme Court’s injunction decision, halting the implementation of a restructured land and water Board in the Mackenzie Valley. The LWB’s will continue to operate in accordance with the existing legislation. Staff remain in place in all existing Board locations, and clients will see no interruption to proceedings as a result of the ruling.

New 'Maps' Page!

The WLWB is currently working with the SLWB to develop maps within the Wek’èezhìi Management Area for public interest. Check it out here!

Check out Mason Mantla's Gamètì Fish Camp Film!

The Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board would like to acknowledge and congratulate Mason Mantla, one of our own Board members, in producing an inspiring short film on last year’s Gamètì fish camp! The fish camp brings together elders, youth, and scientists in sharing scientific and traditional knowledge to help monitor the health of fish and fish habitat near Tłı̨chǫ communities. Check it out in the link below!