The Gwich’in Land and Water Board consider applications for the use of land and waters and the deposit of waste in the Gwich’in Settlement Area.
Government of Canada
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (Canada)
The Board consists of four members, plus the Chairperson.
Two members are nominated by the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC); one member is nominated by the Government of the Northwest Territories; and one member is nominated by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
The federal Minister may appoint alternate members nominated by Gwich’in Tribal Council or the Government of the Northwest Territories to act in the event of an absence or incapacity of members.
The Chairperson is nominated by a majority of the Board members and appointed by the federal Minister.
There is no Vice-Chairperson.
Quorum is three members, including one member appointed on the nomination of the Gwich’in Tribal Council, one member appointed by government, and the Chairperson.
Members are appointed by the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada under section 54 of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act.
A member holds office for a term of three years and may be eligible for reappointment.
Time and Travel Requirements
The Board meets generally in Inuvik approximately 8 to 10 times per year. Meetings can take 1 to 2 days and can involve a public hearing, if deemed necessary.
One travel day may be required for members who do not reside in Inuvik and two days of analytical time may be required for each meeting.
Members of a board shall be paid such fees or other remuneration as the federal Minister may fix:
Chairperson - $500 per diem
Member - $375 per diem
Neither the Chairperson or nor members have to reside in the Gwich’in Settlement Area.
The federal Minister can only remove appointed members, including the Chairperson, following consultation with the applicable nominating organization.
It is important to have members who are familiar with the area.
Members with resource management knowledge and experience would be a benefit to the Board.
Members with technical or traditional knowledge would be an asset.
|Position||Appointee||Term Start||Term Expiry||Number of Terms||Appointed By||Nominating Authority|
|1. Chair||Elizabeth Wright||2021-03-12||2024-03-11||2nd term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Members of the Board|
|William Koe||2020-09-29||2023-09-28||1st term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Government of the Northwest Territories|
|Gerald Kisoun||2021-04-22||2024-04-21||5th term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada|
|Mr. Roger Fraser||2021-06-17||2024-06-16||1st term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Gwich'in Tribal Council|
|Deanna Smith||2022-11-28||2025-11-27||2nd term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Gwich'in Tribal Council|