About the Gwich'in Renewable
The Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board (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 powers and responsibilities of the
Board are detailed in Chapters 12 & 13, Vol.1 of the Agreement.
The Gwich’in Renewable Resources Board (GRRB) is the main instrument of wildlife, fish, and forest management in the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA). The Board acts in the public interest, representing all the parties to the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (GCLCA) – 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.
The GRRB is an exemplary model of renewable resources co-management. Working with its partners, the Board plays a leadership role in ensuring that the fish, forests, and wildlife of the Gwich’in Settlement Area remain healthy and sustainable.
The GRRB works in cooperation with the Gwich’in people, governments and stakeholders, and in accordance with the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement to effectively protect, conserve, and manage renewable resources in the Gwich’in Settlement Area. It does this in a respectful, transparent, communicative, and inclusive manner, using the best available traditional and scientific knowledge.
Members of the 2017 Strategic Planning Workshop recommended that the GRRB, with its mandate, its community, and its land at its core, adhere to the following values:
- Respecting the land and the Gwich’in people
- Communicating with communities respectfully, clearly and continually
- Encouraging teamwork throughout our activities
- Respecting and embracing traditional and scientific knowledge