The WRRB’s second Board meeting of the year took place in Wekweètì from May 7-9, 2019. The meeting began with two days of deliberation of the evidence from the Bluenose-East Public Hearing, followed by approval of the Bathurst Caribou Management Proposal, review of the Wildlife Research Permit Application for the Boreal Shorebird Monitoring Program, as well as Phase two of the Regulation Amendments for the Wildlife Act, and consideration of the COSEWIC designation change for the Hudsonian Godwit, among others.
The Wek'èezhìı Land and Water Board (WLWB) also held their Board meeting in Wekweètì on May 9 as part of a joint initiative between the two Boards to host two Board meetings per year in the communities. The WLWB meeting consisted of deliberation on the Diavik – Mishandled Rock Report, approval of the Potassium Toxicity Study Design Version 1.1, and the Potassium Response Plan Version 2.1 for Ekati, and issuance of the Type A Land Use Permit as well as the Type B Water Licence for the Tlicho All-season Road, among other important considerations and decisions.
A community supper, hosted jointly by the WRRB and WLWB, followed the Board meetings on the evening of May 9. The community supper was well attended with close to 50 people coming out to engage with Board members and staff, win door prizes, and enjoy a great meal hosted at the youth centre. The WRRB and WLWB would like to extend a warm Ması̀ cho to the community of Wekweètì for hosting us, and for giving us such a wonderful reception.
The WRRB & WLWB community supper in Wekweètì was held at the youth centre and it was a packed house! Photo credit: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.
Group photo of Board members, from left back: Eddie Erasmus (WRRB), Charlie Jeremick'ca (WRRB), Joseph Judas (WRRB), Steven Matthews (behind) (WRRB), Joe Mackenzie (WLWB), Mason Mantla (behind) (WLWB), and Mike Nitsiza (WLWB). In front, Alex Nitsiza (WLWB), and Rachel Crapeau (WLWB). Not pictured: Christopher Football (WRRB), Suzanne Carrière (WRRB), and Eddie Chocolate (WRRB). Photo credit: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.
At the community dinner in Wekweètì, Aimee Guile, Conservation Biologist for the WRRB, and Board member, Steve Matthews enjoying some great food. Photo credit: Shalyn Norrish, WRRB & WLWB.
One of the kids who attending the community supper getting in on the fun with some of our swag. Photo Credit: Jody Pellissey, WRRB.