Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (1988)
|Northwest Territories, Canada
|Land Management | Environmental Heritage
|The Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (1988) (the Act) is a Canadian Federal Act which was passed in order to provide for ‘an integrated system of land and water management in the Mackenzie Valley, to establish certain boards for that purpose and to make consequential amendments to other Acts’. It sets out the requirements for a range of activities including:
The establishment and operation of various environmental boards including the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and the Environmental Impact Review Board;
Land use planning;
Land and water regulation; and
Environmental monitoring and audit.
The Act was required for the establishment of land use, water and environmental impact boards as required by the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement and the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. The co-management boards thus provide decision-making participation and responsibility in environmental and natural resource matters including responsibilities for land use planning and issuing of water licences. Elsewhere in the Mackenzie valley where comprehensive land claims have not been settled, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board issues land and water use permits. The Act also provides for a public board to undertake environmental impact assessments. The Report of the Environmental Assessment and Reasons for Decision on the De Beers Canada Mining Inc Snap Lake Project was prepared under the Act by the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.