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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.


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. 

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.

 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. 

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. 

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!

The Land and Water Boards of Mackenzie Valley have developed the attached Draft Guideline for Geographic Information System (GIS) Submission Standard for public comment. The draft Guideline describes the Boards’ expectations for GIS associated submissions including project location description, maps, GIS data, and metadata.

The Land and Water Boards would like to thank everyone who participated in the MVRMA Workshop in January. We are happy to announce that both the presentations and the summary report are now available. Check them out in the links below:


Summary Report *NEW*

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.

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.