Land Use Planning in the Sahtu, Northwest Territories

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The Sahtu Land Use Planning Board (SLUPB) is mandated to develop and implement a land use plan (Plan) for the Sahtu Settlement Area, an area of 283,000 km2. The SLUPB was created pursuant to the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (SDMCLA) and the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA). The Plan is the product of 15 years (1998-2013) of development. It came into effect on August 8, 2013, following the sequential approval by the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada. Following Plan approval the SLUPB has a continuing role to monitor the Plan's implementation. This includes responsibilities to conduct conformity determinations on referral, receive applications for exceptions to the Plan, consider Plan amendments, and conduct a 5-year review. The presentation will cover an overview of the Sahtu Settlement Area, the plan development process, implementation activities, with a look forward toward the 5-year review.

Scott Paszkiewicz