Section 12.8 of the GCLCA provides the Board with a mandate to conduct or participate in wildlife research studies in the Gwich'in Settlement Area. The Board acts in the public interest, representing all the parties to the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Settlement – the Gwich’in, the people of the Northwest Territories, and all Canadians.
The GRRB will consult on a variety of topics, including limitation of harvest, setting Gwich’in Needs Levels, approval of management plans, advice to government, making decisions on commercial harvesting, setting research priorities in the GSA, and more.
Our Research Priorities
The GRRB makes decisions at least annually on appropriate research activities, based on a number of considerations and in consultation with RRCs, Gwich’in organizations, federal and territorial organizations and academic institutions. The primary consideration in assessing research priorities for support or participation will be its value or contribution to the wildlife management priorities established from time to time by the Board.
In this video, Amy Amos, Executive Director of the Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board, speaks at the University of Alberta regarding research priorities in the Gwich'in Settlement Area (GSA).
Community engagement is an important part of research in the GSA. Research that affects the communities should be an ongoing conversation. Value is added by involving the community in a meaningful way. Often, the first contact a community has with a researcher is at the licensing stage. The GRRB suggests that researchers engage with the community at an earlier stage. There are many opportunities to do this:
Development: talk with the community to develop research questions
Design: Include them - they understand the landscape and area access (this can affect planning and budget) and can advise areas to avoid for cultural or sensitivity reasons
Methods: Hire people from the community to help do the work; they can provide input on locations. Stop by RRC office, schools, community events to build relationships
Analysis - Communicate, check in, provide interim reports
Results - Present results in person in the community whenever possible; answer the main question(s) posed by your research, in plain language
Request a Letter of Support
Are you a researcher looking for a Letter of Support (LOS) from the GRRB? The GRRB will provide a LOS for any research that meets our mandate. Download the fillable Word document and follow the instructions inside.
If your research interests fall outside of the GRRB's mandate, we will attempt to direct you to the appropriate external agency.
Wildlife Studies Fund
The GRRB provides funding to various organizations to conduct projects that will assist with renewable resources management in the GSA. In addition to funding, the GRRB may also provide in-kind support (e.g., office space, office support, vehicles). For more information, visit our Wildlife Studies Fund page.