Draft Bathurst Caribou Range Plan – Public Engagement

What was this engagement about?

From 2014 to 2019, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) led the development of a Bathurst Caribou Range Plan to guide decision-makers, companies and communities to help manage activities on the land in a way that supports the recovery of the Bathurst herd.

Bathurst caribou travel thousands of kilometres every year, across a range that extends from southern and central Northwest Territories to the Bathurst Inlet in Nunavut and even as far south as northern Saskatchewan. They may encounter human or natural disturbances along their route, including roads, communities, mines, camps and burned forests. These disturbances, along with the effects of a changing climate, can affect the size and health of the herd.

In 2014, due to concern over pressures on the Bathurst herd, work began on a Bathurst caribou range plan to manage human and natural disturbance, such as wildland fire, across the herd's habitat.

A working group made up of Indigenous governments and organizations, industry, non-governmental organizations, co-management boards and territorial and federal governments has brought together scientific information and traditional knowledge to help develop options for habitat management.

    How could I participate?

    The public engagement period is now closed. Between January and April 2018, with support from working group members, the GNWT held engagement sessions in fourteen communities and met with 28 groups and agencies.

    More than 150 comments were also received from one individual and 17 organizations, including Indigenous governments, co-management boards, industry and non-government organizations.

    Information provided to support the Bathurst caribou engagement process included:

    Where can I find results?

    Results from the public engagement have been summarized in a What We Heard report.

    The Bathurst Caribou Range Plan was released in August 2019.

      Where can I find related information?

      Caribou Range Assessment and Technical Information

      Land Use Scenarios & Economics

      Traditional Knowledge of Caribou and Caribou People

      Results of past public engagement

      From February to June 2017, the GNWT asked our Indigenous partners, decisions-makers and other NWT residents what a Draft Bathurst Caribou Range Plan should look like. The first round of engagement involved a series of regional invitational community workshops, public information sessions and written submissions.