Natural Resource Management Boards

Resource management in the NWT

Natural resource management in the Northwest Territories (NWT) is an integrated system composed of land use planning, environmental impact assessment, regulatory approvals and cumulative impact monitoring. Natural resource management and advisory boards (Boards) are an integral part of this system.

Mandate and responsibility

Land resource and self-government agreements, the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA) and the Waters Act (WA) require the participation of federal and territorial governments, and Indigenous governments and organizations on Boards. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) nominates or appoints 27 members and alternate members to these Boards. The Department of Lands and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources share responsibility for these board processes.


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources seeks expression of interest from people interested in being considered for membership on the following Boards:

  • Inuvialuit Water Board
  • Gwich'in Land and Water Board
  • Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board
  • Sahtu Land and Water Board
  • Sahtu Renewable Resources Board
  • Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board
  • Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board
  • Wek'eezhii Renewable Resources Board
  • Independent Environmental Monitoring Agency Board
  • Environmental Monitoring Advisory Board

The Department of Lands seeks expression of interest from people interested in being considered for membership on the following boards and committees:

  • Inuvialuit Environmental Impact Review Board
  • Inuvialuit Environmental Impact Steering Committee
  • Gwich'in Land Use Planning Board
  • Sahtu Land Use Planning Board
  • Dehcho Land Use Planning Board
  • Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
  • NWT Surface Rights Board

How do I apply?

To become a member of a northern natural resource management board, fill out an application form and follow the submission instructions on the last page.