Bathurst Caribou Management Plan – Have Your Say

What is this engagement about?

The Bathurst Caribou Advisory Committee (BCAC) has proposed a plan for helping the Bathurst caribou herd recover for future generations. 

The plan includes “management actions” – which means steps all co-management partners can take to support Bathurst caribou and the long-term resilience of the herd. 

The management plan includes recommendations from the 2019 Bathurst Caribou Range Plan – which outlines ways land use and habitat should be managed for Bathurst caribou conservation and recovery. 

The Bathurst Caribou Management Plan seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • Harvest: Ensure hunting levels are sustainable and caribou are conserved over time.
  • Habitat & Disturbance: Manage land use and disturbance to caribou so that the herd is conserved within its natural range.
  • Predators: Reduce the impact of predators on caribou based on the best available information, and reflecting Indigenous values and laws.
  • Research & Monitoring: Learn more about Bathurst caribou and their habitat.
  • Communication & Education: Educate people about Bathurst caribou conservation, respectful hunting and land use.

Read the plain language summary of the Draft Bathurst Caribou Management Plan

Read the complete draft of the Bathurst Caribou Management Plan

The BCAC wants to hear your views on how to achieve these goals. Why it matters?

The Bathurst caribou herd has undergone a significant decline – with a decrease in number of nearly 98% since 1986.   

We know barren-ground caribou herds naturally cycle.  A management plan will bring people together in taking appropriate action throughout the different phases of the caribou’s population cycle. 

How can I participate?

Email: share your comments at – Deadline for feedback is May 31, 2021.

How will my contributions make a difference?

Your input will help influence a management plan which reflects the lived experiences, scientific, traditional and local knowledge, and expertise of communities across the Bathurst range.

Where can I find results?

A What We Heard Report reflecting the key themes and outcomes of the engagement will be posted to this webpage and shared through GNWT social media.

Who are the BCAC?

The BCAC was formed in 2017 and is the group who has developed the plan collaboratively since that time.

The BCAC is made up of 14 governments and organizations from the NWT and Nunavut representing communities that have traditionally interacted with the Bathurst Caribou Herd.

The committee includes representatives from the following governments and organizations:

Public Governments

  • Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Government of Nunavut

Indigenous Governments and Organizations

  • Tłı̨chǫ Government
  • Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  • Athabasca Denesųłiné Néné Land Corporation
  • Yellowknives Dene First Nation
  • Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
  • Northwest Territories Métis Nation
  • North Slave Métis Alliance
  • Salt River First Nation
  • Deninu K'ue First Nation

Other Management Authorities

  • Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board
  • Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board
  • Kugluktuk Angoniatit Association (Hunters and Trapper Organization)
  • Umingmaktok Hunters and Trappers Organization (Bay Chimo)
  • Burnside Hunters and Trappers Organization (Bathurst Inlet)
  • Ekaluktutialik Hunters and Trappers Organization (Cambridge Bay)

Background information