From 2014 to 2019, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) led the development of a Bathurst Caribou Range Plan.
The plan is designed to guide decision-makers, companies and communities to help manage activities on the land in a way that supports the recovery of the Bathurst herd.
Bathurst caribou travel thousands of kilometres every year, across a range that extends from southern and central Northwest Territories to the Bathurst Inlet in Nunavut and even as far south as northern Saskatchewan. They may encounter human or natural disturbances along their route, including roads, communities, mines, camps and burned forests. These disturbances, along with the effects of a changing climate, can affect the size and health of the herd.
In 2014, due to concern over pressures on the Bathurst herd, work began on a Bathurst caribou range plan to manage human and natural disturbance, such as wildland fire, across the herd's habitat.
A working group made up of Indigenous governments and organizations, industry, non-governmental organizations, co-management boards and territorial and federal governments has brought together scientific information and traditional knowledge to help develop options for habitat management.
Engagement feedback from February 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018
Results under review
This engagement was completed April 30, 2018
Have Your Say
Engagement was undertaken between January and April 2018, with support from working group members.
Sessions were held with 28 groups and agencies in 14 communities across the North.
Written comments were also submitted by the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Parks Canada, ECCC and members of the public
More than 150 comments were received, including Indigenous governments, co-management boards, and industry and non-government organizations.
Next Steps from the public engagement have been summarized in a What We Heard report.
The Bathurst Caribou Range Plan was released in August, 2019.
- Fact Sheet
- Draft Bathurst Caribou Range Plan
- Plain Language Summary
- Supporting Report: Caribou Range Assessment and Technical Information
- APPENDIX A Human Development Feature (Footprint) Mapping
- APPENDIX B Human Development Features and Zone of Influence Assumptions and References
- APPENDIX C Interim Range Assessment Areas
- APPENDIX D Methods and Summary of Key Next Steps for Bathurst Caribou Range Plan Using CARMA
- APPENDIX E Assessment of Seasonal Range Assumptions
- Supporting Report: Land Use Scenarios and Economic Considerations
- Supporting Report: Traditional Knowledge of Caribou and Caribou People
- APPENDIX A Guiding Questions for Community Traditional Knowledge Reports
- APPENDIX B Traditional Knowledge Workshop Methodology
- APPENDIX C Traditional Knowledge Workshop Report (2016)
- APPENDIX D Traditional Knowledge Workshop Report (2017)
- APPENDIX E Reviewing, Sorting and Weaving Traditional Knowledge
- APPENDIX F Water Crossings and Land Bridges