The Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB) is a co-management board composed of representatives selected by:

The GRRB was established under the guidance of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA) to be the main instrument of wildlife, fish and forest management in the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA).

The GRRB is responsible for working with Gwich’in communities and the public to ensure that renewable resources in the GSA are managed in a sustainable manner. The GRRB reviews all land use and research authorizations from the Gwich’in Land Administration (GTC) and Aurora Research Institute (ARI) and corresponds weekly with the Renewable Resource Councils.

Gwich'in Tribal Council (GTC)

Gwich'in Tribal Council GTC logoThe Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) is an Aboriginal organization that represents participants of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1992) in the Mackenzie-Delta of the Northwest Territories.

The objectives of the GTC are to:

  • protect and preserve the rights, interest and benefits of the Gwich’in in reference to their use, ownership and management of lands, waters and resources in the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA)
  • retain, preserve and enhance the traditional and cultural values, customs and language of the Gwich’in in a changing society
  • develop and promote economic, social, educational and cultural programs that will enable the Gwich’in to become self-sufficient and full participating members in a global society
  • uphold the rights, interests and benefits of the Gwich’in in reference to the Constitution Act, Treaty 11 and the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA)
  • receive, preserve and enhance the capital and the lands and other benefits transferred to the Gwich’in pursuant to the GCLCA

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) manages Canada’s fisheries and safeguards its waters. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is a special operating agency within DFO. It is responsible for services and programs that contribute to the safety, security and accessibility of Canada’s waterways. Canada has an abundance of freshwater and marine and coastal areas that are ecologically diverse and economically significant. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard manage Canada’s fisheries and safeguard its waters by:
  • sustainably managing fisheries and aquaculture
  • working with fishers, coastal and Indigenous communities to enable their continued prosperity from fish and seafood
  • ensuring that Canada’s oceans and other aquatic ecosystems are protected from negative impacts
  • ensuring commercial vessels and recreational boaters can safely navigate our waters
  • being there to save lives and protect our environment when emergencies arise

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) informs Canadians about protecting and conserving our natural heritage and ensuring a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations. It handles wildlife matters that are the responsibility of the federal government. These include protection and management of migratory birds, nationally significant habitat and endangered species, as well as work on other wildlife issues of national and international importance. In addition, ECCC does research in many fields of wildlife biology.

Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)

Environment Natural Resources ENR logoEnvironment and Natural Resources (ENR), as part of the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), works to promote and support the sustainable use and development of natural resources and to protect, conserve and enhance the Northwest Territories (NWT) environment for the social and economic benefit of all residents.

The GNWT shares this responsibility with Indigenous and community governments, federal and territorial departments, boards and agencies, and every resident of the NWT.

Renewable Resource Councils (RRCs)

Each community within the Gwich’in Settlement Area has a Renewable Resource Council (RRC) with a mandate to promote local involvement in conservation, harvest studies, research and wildlife management. Established by the local Designated Gwich’in Organization, each RRC is composed of up to seven councillors who are residents of the community. Each council also has one staff member, the RRC Coordinator, who manages their day to day operations and acts as a point of contact for the RRC. The four RRCs meet with each other regularly to discuss common resource management issues, holding an annual winter meeting in January of each year. The Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement requires the GRRB to consult with the Renewable Resource Councils on major decisions, but in practice we seek their guidance far more frequently. The RRCs are the eyes and ears of the land and they provide advice and community perspectives on all the work that the GRRB does, including the identification of research interests at the community level. The RRCs do a lot of work with only a single staff member, so during busy times of the year they may not be able to respond to messages immediately. If you need their assistance, contacting them well in advance is appreciated.
Community Aklavik Fort McPherson Inuvik Tsiigehtchic
RRC Ehdiitat RRC Tetlit RRC Nihtat RRC Gwichya Gwich’in RRC
Phone 867-978-2336 867-952-2330 (Ask for RRC) Call the main office 867-777-6650 and ask for the RRC 867-953-3608
Fax 867-978-2937 867-952-2212 867-777-6651 867-953-3603 (Attention: RRC)
Mail Box 118 Aklavik, NT, X0E 0A0 Box 30 Fort McPherson, NT, X0E 0J0 Box 2570 Inuvik, NT, X0E 0T0 General Delivery Tsiigehtchic, NT, X0E 0B0