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Have Your Say on the Plan for Recovering the Bathurst Caribou Herd

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Yellowknife — April 20, 2021

With the Bathurst Caribou herd in real trouble, governments, communities, and harvesters are taking action to build a sustainable future for the herd. 

The Bathurst Caribou Management Plan will chart that path to sustainability.

A draft is ready – and the Bathurst Caribou Advisory Committee is looking for your contributions to make sure we end up with the best possible plan.  

How to Participate:

13 sharing sessions will be held with leadership, harvesters, and traditional knowledge-holders selected by local leadership.

They are being held via Zoom to keep folks safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Any individual or organization may also submit comments any time online.

Plain language background material has been produced to assist in meaningful engagement.

The comment period is open through May 31, 2021.

About the Draft Plan:

The proposed plan includes “management actions” – the steps all co-management partners can take to support Bathurst caribou and the long-term resilience of the herd.

These actions will bring all groups together in taking appropriate action throughout the natural phases of the caribou population cycle.

The end goal is to turn around the decline, get the herd to recovery, and do our part to help them thrive over the long-term.

The management plan includes recommendations from the 2019 Bathurst Caribou Range Plan – which outlines how land use and habitat should be managed to best support the Bathurst herd.

The draft plan was co-developed between 17 organizations representing public governments, Indigenous governments and organizations, hunter and trapper associations, and management boards spanning the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Saskatchewan. 


“Caribou have sustained generations in our territory – and our government has a responsibility to do everything we can to help ensure they’ll sustain many more. With the Bathurst herd in real trouble, we’re pleased to be moving forward with urgency to chart a strong path to recovery and resilience. With collaboration across the North, and valued perspectives from the public, I am confident we will get this plan right.”

- Shane Thompson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources

Quick facts

  • Comments can be sent to 
  • The Bathurst caribou herd has undergone a significant decline – with a decrease in number of nearly 98% since 1986.
  • In 2012, the GNWT instituted a no-hunting zone based on location data from collaring and monitoring animals to protect the Bathurst Herd. This is known as the Core Bathurst Caribou Mobile Zone.
  • The Bathurst Caribou Advisory Committee includes membership from the following organizations:

Public Governments

  • Government of the Northwest Territories
  • Government of Nunavut

Indigenous Governments and Organizations

  • Tłı̨chǫ Government
  • Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
  • Athabasca Denesųłiné Néné Land Corporation
  • Yellowknives Dene First Nation
  • Łutsël K’é Dene First Nation
  • Northwest Territories Métis Nation
  • North Slave Métis Alliance
  • Salt River First Nation
  • Deninu K'ue First Nation

Other Management Authorities

  • Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board
  • Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board
  • Kugluktuk Angoniatit Association (Hunters and Trapper Organization)
  • Umingmaktok Hunters and Trappers Organization (Bay Chimo)
  • Burnside Hunters and Trappers Organization (Bathurst Inlet)
  • Ekaluktutialik Hunters and Trappers Organization (Cambridge Bay)


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Mike Westwick

Manager, Communications and Public Affairs

Environment and Natural Resources

Government of the Northwest Territories