The Wek’èezhìi Forum has been established to facilitate information sharing and discussion on matters of common interest between the Wek’èezhìi resource co-management boards and Tlicho Government. Members of the Forum include the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board, the Wek’èezhìi Renewable Resources Board, and the Lands Protection Department of the Tlicho Government. The objectives of the Forum are:
To increase mutual awareness and understanding of the roles, responsibilities and activities of each member organization;
- To share, on a regular basis, information and perspectives regarding issues of common concern;
- To identify opportunities to collaborate on strategic and operational initiatives and share resources and expertise; and
- To pursue collaborative training and development initiatives where beneficial.
One exciting project that the Wek’èezhìi Forum has embarked on is the Marian Lake Watershed Monitoring and Management Program (MLWMMP). The objective of this program is to implement an integrated environmental monitoring program to assist the Wek’èezhìi Forum with their management decisions, as well as to provide other government agencies, Tlicho communities, educational institutions, and others with information in an accessible and comprehensible manner.
A key component of the program will involve the input and participation of Tlicho communities, elders, and students in the design, implementation, collection and reporting of monitoring data. Ultimately, this project will enable the Wek’èezhìi Forum to collect sufficient data to assess cumulative impacts at a regional scale for the Marian Lake Watershed.