Our Mandate - To conserve and protect wildlife, habitat and traditional Inuvialuit use within the Yukon North Slope.
WMAC(NS) was created in 1988 under the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Settlement Act, ultimately the result of the 1984 Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). Since its inception, the Council has been a catalyst for cooperative management on the Yukon North Slope. We continue to work with our many partners in support of this unique and important area.
The Wildlife Management Advisory Council for the Yukon North Slope is comprised of five members: two members appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council, one appointed by the federal Minister of Environment, one appointed by the Yukon Territorial Government, and an independent chairperson.
We are active on a number of fronts, including (but not limited to):
- Providing advice on wildlife policy and the management, regulation, and administration of wildlife, habitat and harvesting for the Yukon North Slope;
- Giving guidance to the Porcupine Caribou Management Board, the Yukon Land Use Planning Commission, the Environmental Impact Screening Committee and the Environmental Impact Review Board, to name only a few;
- Recommending quotas for Inuvialuit game harvesting on the Yukon North Slope; and
- Working on concrete measures to protect critical habitat for wildlife or harvesting purposes.
The chart below outlines who is involved in the co-management system on the Yukon North Slope and how it works as established by the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
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