Mackenzie Valley Review Board

Northern regulatory improvement initiative

The Northern Regulatory Improvements Initiatives was announced by Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians in November 2007. The Minister has appointed Mr. Neil McCrank to lead the initiative and submit a final report to the Government of Canada outlining proposed recommendations for advancing the regulatory regime, after which Canada will develop a strategy for action.

This initiative was lead by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. This section of the reference library is not meant to be a comprehensive listing of all documents and correspondence. Instead, the select documents posted are meant to provide an overview of the Review Board's involvement in the initiative.

  • Oct. 23rd, 08 - Letter from GRRB and GLUP to Minister Chuck Strahl PDF

    Gwich'in Renewable Resource Board and Gwich'in Land Use Planning Board's joint response to the "Road to Improvement" report.
  • Sept. 25th, 08 - Letter from Review Board to Hon. Chuck Strahl in response to PDF

    This letter from the Review Board offers comments and insights on the recommendations in the "Road to Improvement" report. In addition, the Review Board provides advice to the Minister on how INAC might proceed to address the highest priority issues in the most timely and effective manner.
  • Sept. 24th, 08 - NWT Board Forum letter to Minister Chuck Strahl PDF

    Joint Response from NWT Board Forum letter sent to the Minister in response to the "Road to Improvement" report.
  • Neil McCrank's Final Report: PDF

    This is the final report, entitled The Road to Improvement, written by Mr. Neil McCrank, the Minister's Special Representative for the Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative. The McCrank report sets out recommendations to the Minister of INAC for improving the regulatory regime in the North.
  • Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative Workshop Report PDF

    On March 18th and 19th, 2008, Neil McCrank chaired a Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative Workshop, which was held in Yellowknife, NWT. Over the course of the two-day workshop, participants were provided the opportunity, both orally and in writing, to provide suggestions on how to refine and improve the current regulatory process. This report summarizes the workshop.
  • Jan 22nd, 08 - Letter from INAC in response to Board Forum's Letter on Dec. 11, 07 PDF

    This letter from the Regional Director General of INAC acknowledges the Board Forum's concerns regarding the enforcement of measures. In the letter the Regional Director General refers back to the relationship building workshop outcomes where action items were listed for the Board Forum, INAC and other government regulator's attention. The Regional Director General feels this is likely the first of many workshops to come in dealing with the issue.
  • Jan. 22nd, 08 - Letter from Minister Strahl in response to Board Forum's letter on Nov 12, 07 PDF

    This letter from the Minister thanks the NWT Board Forum for bringing its views on regulatory improvements to his attention.
  • Jan. 24th, 08 - INAC Presentation to Review Board on NRII Updates PDF

    INAC provided an update to the Review Board on the plan of action and progress to date for the Northern Regulatory Improvements Initiative. INAC's presentation is attached.
  • Jan. 11th, 08 - Review Board's Meeting Plan with Mr. Neil McCrank PDF

    The Review Board met with Mr. Neil McCrank to provide Mr. McCrank comments and advice regarding the Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative. The Review Board also explained what it estimates to be the cost to fully address its mandate under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act.

    This document summarizes the key messages the Review Board delivered to Mr. Neil McCrank.
  • Jan. 3rd, 08 - Attachment 1 - Funding Options Paper PDF

    This attachment to the January 3rd, 08 letter to Mr. McCrank outlines options to consider that may address the need for stable and adequate funding to support the Review Boards annual operations. The options range from maintaining the status quo to partial and full solutions to the funding challenges faced by the Review Board.
  • Jan. 3rd, 08 - Attachment 2 - Participant Funding PDF

    This attachment to the January 3rd, 08 letter to Mr. McCrank outlines the Review Boards desire to secure funding to support the participation of parties potentially impacted by proposed developments referred for environmental assessment. The proposed participant funding initiative would include the review, selection and approval of funding applications in a fair, systematic and impartial manner.
  • Jan. 3rd, 08 - Attachment 3 - Language Services Proposal PDF

    This attachment to the January 3rd, 08 letter to Mr. McCrank outlines the capacity and procedural requirements that it needs considered before the Review Board can begin to implement the requirements of the Official Languages Act and to offer equitable aboriginal language services.
  • Jan. 3rd, 08 - Attachment 4 - Part 6 Audit Submission PDF

    This attachment to the January 3rd, 08 letter to Mr. McCrank is the Review Boards submission to the auditor for the 2005 NWT Environmental Audit.
  • Jan. 3rd, 08 - Letter from Board to Neil McCrank re funding and NRII PDF

    The Review Board sent Neil McCrank the attached letter highlighting the board's concerns about the funding arrangement for the upcoming fiscal year. The letter also references some attachments which offer more information for Neil McCrank's consideration during the Northern Regulatory Improvements Initiative.
  • Dec. 21st, 07 - Letter from INAC re: Neil McCrank and NRII PDF

    The Regional Director General wrote a letter to the Review Board outlining the main themes that Neil McCrank will be examining in the Northern Regulatory Improvements Initiative and how the Review Board can get involved with the initiative.
  • Dec. 11th, 07 - Boards letter to INAC re: Enforcement Issues PDF

    Letter sent by the Review Board and the land and water boards to the Regional Director General of INAC about better integrating board decisions into the INAC Monitoring and Enforcement framework.
  • Nov. 21st, 07 - Board Forum Letter to Mr. Neil McCrank PDF

    The NWT Board Forum submitted a letter to Mr. Neil McCrank, Special Representative of the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, thanking him for meeting with the forum and highlighting the key areas, on which the forum feels the initiative should focus.
  • Nov. 21st, 07 - Board Forum Letter to Minister Chuck Strahl PDF

    The NWT Board Forum submitted a letter to the Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, thanking him for meeting with the forum and welcoming a collaborative approach to the initiative.
  • Nov. 7th, 07 - Media Release announcing the initiative PDF

    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada's media release which announces the Northern Regulatory Improvement Initiative.