The NWT Environmental Audit is an independent review to assess the effectiveness of the regulatory regime in the Mackenzie Valley, as well as the quality of environmental information and processes related to monitoring cumulative impacts.
The reviews are designed to confirm how well our regulatory system is working and to provide recommendations to help guide decision-makers.
The Audit is an obligation of the Sahtu, Gwich'in and Tłı̨chǫ land claim agreements and a legislated requirement of the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA).
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This engagement was completed June 30, 2019
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An Environmental Audit must be completed at least every five years by an independent auditor, as required by the MVRMA.
Sessions were held across the NWT:
February 29, 2019
March 12, 2019
- Fort Smith
April 16, 2019
April 24, 2019
- Hay River
May 16, 2019
- Fort Simpson
May 22, 2019
- Norman Wells
May 29, 2019
The 2020 audit led to recommendations that should result in:
- Traditional knowledge-based information being available and used respectfully to understand trends in water.
- The GNWT ensuring that there is a network of water monitoring stations to address residents’ concerns and to describe what is happening in both rivers and lakes across the NWT.
- The development of a way to collect and analyze water monitoring information so that data from industry, government, researchers and communities can be brought together to understand trends better.
- NWT residents knowing how to find information about water monitoring results.