The Wek’eezhii Renewable Resources Board is responsible for managing wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Wek’eezhii area.
Government of Canada
Department of Environment and Climate Change
Tłı̨chǫ Agreement (Canada)
The Board is composed of eight members, plus the Chairperson.
Two members are appointed by the Government of the Northwest Territories, two members are appointed by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (based on the one nomination each from Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment and Climate Change Canada), and four members are appointed by the Tłı̨chǫ Government.
All parties must consult with each other before making their appointments.
There are no alternate members.
The Agreement does not provide for the appointment of alternate members on the Board.
The Chairperson is nominated by the members of the Board and appointed jointly by the Tłı̨chǫ Government, Government of the Northwest Territories, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
There is no Vice-Chairperson.
Quorum is three members, including one of the members appointed by either the federal or territorial government, one appointed by the Tłı̨chǫ Government, and the Chairperson.
Members are appointed by the appropriate appointing authority under section 12.2.2 of the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement.
A member holds office for a term not to exceed five years and may be eligible for reappointment.
Time and Travel Requirements
The Board meets approximately 4 times per year in Yellowknife and in alternating communities in the Wek’eezhii Area. Meetings usually last 2-3 days.
The Board holds at least one public hearing per year.
Members may require two analytical days to review all necessary materials for each meeting.
Members of a board shall be paid such fees or other remuneration as the federal Minister may fix:
Chairperson - $325 per diem
Member - $225 per diem
All nominations must be provided to other appointing parties for consideration before an appointment is made.
Neither the Chairperson nor members need to reside in the Wek’eezhii Area.
A member may be removed from office for cause at any time by the appointing authority.
The authorities entitled to appoint members shall endeavour to appoint persons who have knowledge of:
a) wildlife in Wek’eezhii, including its harvesting;
b) wildlife habitat in Wek’eezhii;
c) in relation to a) and b), the Aboriginal way of life of Aboriginal Peoples of Wek’eezhii; and
d) the relationship of a) and b) to c).
|Position||Appointee||Term Start||Term Expiry||Number of Terms||Appointed By||Nominating Authority|
|1. Chair||Joseph Judas||2018-12-14||2024-01-06||1st term||Appointed jointly by the Tłı̨chǫ Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Members of the Board|
|(Vacant - 3 year term)||Tłı̨chǫ Government|
|Travis Washie||2022-06-05||2027-06-04||1st term||Tłı̨chǫ Government|
|Edward Chocolate||2022-07-05||2027-06-04||3rd term||Tłı̨chǫ Government|
|Janelle Nitsiza||2022-06-05||2027-06-04||1st term||Tłı̨chǫ Government|
|Steven Matthews||2021-06-11||2027-01-10||3rd term||Minister of Environment and Climate Change|
|(Vacant - 5 year term)||Minister of Environment and Climate Change|
|Stu Niven||2021-08-29||2024-08-28||1st term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Fisheries and Oceans Canada|
|Isabelle Duclos||2022-05-10||2024-05-09||2nd term||Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada||Environment and Climate Change Canada|