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A forum for regional decision making, ensuring effective participation of residents in the use, protection, and benefits of the lands and waters of the Mackenzie Valley.



Fiscal year 2005-06 was an interesting and challenging year, from which the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board emerged stronger and united. Under the leadership of the Chairs of the Mackenzie Valley, Gwich’in, Sahtu and Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Boards, and with the co-operation of their members the Board instituted some important structural changes which allowed opportunities to strengthen ties within the organization. These changes also demonstrated the potential for mutual benefit through the implementation of the integrated process envisioned by the authors of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. This was also a remarkable year in that we welcomed the Wek’èezhìi Land and Water Board, established pursuant to the Tåîchô agreement. This was the first Board to be put into place since the establishment of the MVLWB and we have made every effort to assist in the establishment of this Board. We look forward to continued work with them in the new fiscal year to help to ensure their success. The process of renewing the BHP Billiton Ekati Water Licence was completed this past fiscal year and the lessons learned will help guide us through larger projects in the future. The Diavik Water Licence renewal process, the De Beers Gahcho Kué project and the Mackenzie Valley Gas Project come readily to mind. In February the Board determined that the applications submitted for the Mackenzie Gas Project were transboundary and would be handled by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board as per s.103.(1)(a) of the MVRMA. In doing so, the Board demonstrated its commitment to the “one footprint” approach to the licensing and permitting of the project that was envisaged by the signatories to the Cooperation Plan for the Environmental Impact Assessment and Regulatory Review of a Northern Gas Pipeline Project through the Northwest Territories and the Regulators Agreement. At the same time, the manner in which the panels are proposed to be structured is a reflection of our appreciation of the will of the people of the NWT to be a part of development decisions. Also late in the fiscal year there was a lot of work accomplished towards the establishment of a comprehensive training plan for Board members throughout the NWT. This long overdue initiative brought together boards, industry, educators and government in a joint effort, culminating in the submission to DIAND of a Business Plan for the Development and Delivery of Orientation and Training Programs for Regulatory, Advisory and Environmental Assessment Boards in the NWT. I am excited by the prospect of continuing that work in a new fiscal year. Over the past year there have also been some vacancies and interim appointments as terms expired and people have left the Board. We look forward to the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs fulfilling the commitment to expedite those appointments to get us back to a full working complement that is representative of all regions. Finally, I would like to note that throughout the year, Board members and staff have demonstrated their professionalism and their commitment to the concept of an integrated and responsible public board as we continue with the task entrusted to us by the people of the NWT. I would like to express my appreciation to them for all the hard work and dedication. I look forward to serving with the Board in the forthcoming year.

W illard Hagen



O P E R AT I O N S New Applications received during the fiscal year: • 3 3 L a n d U s e P e r m i t s a n d 1 3 Wa t e r L i c e n c e s . • Of the 46 total applications, 1 Land Use Permit was subsequently w i t h d r a w n a n d 1 d i d n o t re q u i re a Wa t e r L i c e n c e . • Of the remaining 44 total applications, 12 were deemed incomplete when received but were subsequently completed by the proponents. • Average number of days to decision on the majority of Land Use Permits was 39 (does not include those applied for in conjunction w i t h a Wa t e r L i c e n c e ) . • Security assessed on permits and licences (excluding BHP Billiton Wa t e r L i c e n c e re n e w a l ) – $ 4 9 2 , 5 0 0 . • S e c u r i t y o n B H P B i l l i t o n Wa t e r L i c e n c e re n e w a l – $ 7 7 m i l l i o n . Land Use Permit and Water Licence matters dealt with during this fiscal year: • Land Use Permits issued – 17 • Wa t e r L i c e n c e s i s s u e d – 8 • Amendments approved to existing permits/licences – 11 • Extensions approved to existing permits/licences – 26 • Assignments of existing permits/licences – 4 • Storage Authorizations for equipment approved – 3 • Applications referred to Environmental Assessment – 6 • Reports approved as a condition of a permit/licence – 24 • Land Use Permits closed – 18

MVLWB Annual Activity Report


Land Use Permits & W AT E R L I C E N C E S Type Mineral Exploration 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Oil & Gas Exploration 20 Woodlot Operations 21 Miscellaneous 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Roads 29 30 Quarries 31 32 33 34 Water Licences 35 36 37 38 39 40



MV2004C0021 MV2004C0024 MV2004C0025 MV2004C0026 MV2004C0027 MV2004C0032 MV2004C0036 MV2004C0038 MC2004C0039 MV2004C0044 MV2004C0046 MV2004C0048 MV2004C0050 MV2005C0001 MV2005C0002 MV2005C0005 MV2005C0006 MV2005C0007 MV2005C0008

Fortune Minerals Mike Murphy Jane Lind Allyn Resources Diamondex Resources Garnet Resources Ltd. New Nadina Exploration Consolidated Goldwin Sidon International Resources Peregrine Diamond Ltd. Trigon Exploration Canada Majescor Resources Viking Gold Exploration Tyhee Development Corp. Wyn Developments Inc. Lumina Copper Corp. Alberta Star Development Charlton Mining Exploration Diomndex Resources


Canadian Natural Resources


G&G Wood Products

MV2004X0020 MV2004X0023 MV2004X0031 MV2004X0033 MV2004X0047 MV2004X0052 MV2005X0004

Deh Cho Bridge Corp. DIAND – CSO South Nahanni Outfitters Dillon Consulting GNWT – Department of Transportation DIAND – CSO GNWT – Department of Transportation

MV2004F0022 MV2004F0045

Devon Canada Peregrine Diamond Ltd.

MV2004Q0034 MV2004Q0035 MV2004Q0049 MV2005Q0003

Daniel Beck NWT Power Corp. Duke Energy Locust Mowing

MV2004L8-0003 MV2004L8-0004 MV2004L2-0005 MV2005L8-0001 MV2005L8-0002 MV2005L2-0003

Dillon Consulting GNWT – Department of Transportation Fortune Minerals Ltd. GNWT – Department of Transportation WERI – Denis Antony Tyhee Development Corp.


Unsettled Land Claims

MVLWB Administration Region Wek’èezhíi

Unsettled Land Claims



Wek’èezhíi Gamètì



36 16





35 25

12 40 14 4 13 27 23

18 11

2 15


10 30



8 6

38 20



17 31



21 34



MVLWB Administration Region

MVLWB Annual Activity Report




W e k ’ è e z h ì i L a n d & Wa t e r B o a rd T h e M V LW B i s p l e a s e d t o w e l c o m e t h e n e w l y f o r m e d W e k ’ è e z h ì i L a n d a n d W a t e r B o a r d ( W LW B ) . E s t a b l i s h e d u n d e r t h e T å î c h ô L a n d C l a i m a n d S e l f G o v e r n m e n t A g r e e m e n t a n d r e c e n t a m e n d m e n t s t o t h e M a c k e n z i e Va l l e y Resource Management Act, the new board commenced work in October 2005, and in February 20006 assumed responsibility for land use permitting and water licensing throughout the Wek’èezhìi Management Area. T h e W LW B o f f i c e i s o p e n i n W e k w e è t ì , a l t h o u g h t h e E x e c u t i v e D i r e c t o r a n d Tr a n s i t i o n O f f i c e r w i l l c o n t i n u e t o w o r k o u t o f t h e M V LW B o f f i c e , e n s u r i n g a s u p p o r t e d a n d e f f i c i e n t t r a n s f e r o f f i l e s . T h e W LW B i n t e n d s t o r e c o g n i z e and continue, subject to any limitations of law and procedure, any work c a r r i e d o u t b y t h e M V LW B o n a c t i v e a p p l i c a t i o n s . Keeping The Public Informed T h e M V LW B s t r i v e s t o k e e p t h e p u b l i c u p t o d a t e a b o u t p e r m i t s a n d l i c e n c e s b e i n g a p p l i e d f o r a n d i s s u e d i n t h e M a c k e n z i e Va l l e y. To e f f e c t i v e l y d o t h i s , w e p u b l i s h a w e e k l y N o t i c e o f A p p l i c a t i o n i n t h e N e w s N o r t h p a p e r. T h i s advertisement outlines all complete permit or licence applications received in the previous time period. Our publications ensure people are informed about what is happening at the M V LW B o f f i c e . V i s i t o u r w e b s i t e t o d o w n l o a d a P D F v e r s i o n o r d r o p b y t h e o f f i c e t o p i c k u p a c o p y. • Wa t e r L i c e n c e s E x p l a i n e d • Land Use Permits Explained • M V LW B Q u a r t e r l y N e w s l e t t e r • M V LW B A n n u a l R e p o r t

L a n d & Wa t e r








CHAIR Willard Hagen

CHAIR Larry Wallace

INTERIM CHAIR Violet Camsell-Blondin

Inuvik, NT

Norman Wells, NT

Behchoko, NT





Gerry Kisoun

George Barnaby

Alfonz Nitsiza

Fort Good Hope, NT

Whatì, NT

Floyd Adlem

Inuvik, NT

Margaret Nazon

Walter Bayna

Joyce Rabesca

Elizabeth Biscaye

Behchoko, NT

Yellowknife, NT

Joseph Judas

Eric Menicoche

Inuvik, NT

Déline, NT

Paul Sullivan

Violet Doolittle

Inuvik, NT

Inuvik, NT

Wekweètì, NT

Yellowknife, NT

Ft. Simpson, NT

George John Aklavik, NT

* C U R R E N T A S O F T I M E O F P U B L I C AT I O N , A P R I L 2 0 0 6

MVLWB Annual Activity Report


Cover image: Frame Lake, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Phone: 867-669-0506 Fax: 867-873-6610 E-mail: For more information, please contact the MVLWB: Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board PO Box 2130, 4910 50th Avenue (7th floor YK Centre) Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P6


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