The Dehcho Land Use Planning Process consists of 4 stages with
- Committee Establishment - Following the signing of the Interim
Measures Agreement, Committee members were appointed and the process
of hiring staff, setting up our office, and establishing the workplan
and budget began.
Phase 2 -
Information Gathering and Analysis - Data
will be collected on natural resources (wildlife, oil and gas, forestry,
etc.) and the social and economic needs of the communities. The
data will be analyzed to determine where resource development is
compatible with protection of important lands, traditional use,
and the long-term sustainability of the region.
- Plan Preparation - We will develop land use "options"
based on different priorities for the land. Communities and stakeholders
will be consulted to narrow down the options until one is chosen
to be incorporated into the draft plan. The draft plan will be circulated
for comment again and revised until it is ready to be approved by
the three governments.
Phase Four - Plan implementation - The Committee will monitor
land use in the Dehcho Territory for conformity to the Plan. The
plan will be reviewed upon the signing of a Final Agreement through
the Dehcho Process and every five years after to ensure it remains
valid and up to date.
Where We Are:
The Committee is currently working through Phase 3
- Plan Preparation.
the image above to view where we with regard to our Land Use Plan.
The Final Draft Dehcho Land Use Plan was submitted to the Dehcho First Nations (DFN) on May 9, 2006 for their approval. DFN requested further changes to the land use zoning around Wrigley as a condition of that approval and ratified the amended Final Draft Plan by unanimous approval at their Annual Assembly in Kakisa on June 28, 2006.
The amended Final Draft Plan was submitted to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) for the GNWT, and the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) for their approval and favourable consideration on June 13, 2006. The Committee received letters from the approving ministers for the GNWT and Canada in August and September, respectively, indicating they were reviewing the Plan and would consider meeting the Committee once complete to discuss any outstanding issues.
Over the course of Winter 2006 and Spring 2007 the Land Use Plan was discussed at main table negotiations on the Dehcho Process. On April 27, 2007 the Dehcho First Nations, the GNWT and the Government of Canada signed a "Terms of Reference and Workplan" for the Committee that is to guide the Dehcho Land Use Plan revisions. The Terms of Reference also set a target date of April 2008 for the approval of an Interim Land Use Plan.