The Lands and Resources Department’s mandate arises from the First Nation Final and Self Government Agreements of 1993 and subsequent policy development. In 2000 the department developed a mission statement and principles for departmental operations which remain in effect.
The NNDFN Lands and Resources Department, being within a self-governing First Nation has the unique responsibility to serve as guardian of the lands, waters and resources within our traditional territory. We will work for the benefit of our present and future generations as we implement the NND Final and Self Government Agreements. The Department will be instrumental in providing citizens with access to lands and resources and will have a role in the stewardship and management of these resources. We will work with other Governments and organizations to ensure sustainable development, which respects the spirit, needs and inter-dependence of all living things and supports our traditional uses, conservation and enhancement of the natural environment.
Principles of Departmental Operation
– Conservation of natural resources for current and our children’s futures use;
– Striving for sustainable development and use of natural resources (which means balancing social, economic and environmental factors in decisions about conservation and development);
– Integration of Traditional Knowledge with Scientific Knowledge;
– Carrying out integrated land and resources management/co-management (which means that all elements of the ecosystem: physical and biological are considered when planning and management decisions are made);
– Mutually beneficial partnerships and cooperation with other governments, organizations and stakeholders;
– Public, elder and youth participation, and
– Fairness and timely responses to NND citizens, Council and others.
The Department is made up of four distinct units under the direction of the Lands Manager.
Mining Reclamation Reports:
Cooperative Engagement Documents
Cooperative Engagement Process: The following protocol has been developed specifically to enhance the relationship between industry and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun. The ultimate goal of developing this initiative is the well being of our community. We believe that following this protocol will create an opportunity to establish a balance between community, environment and industry needs. We hope that all parties will benefit from the equity in communication, decision-making and creation of new opportunities for our growth and human development.
Guiding Principles for Mining Interests: This Best Practices Code has been prepared for mineral exploration and mining companies who are planning activities on lands within the area traditionally occupied by the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun (NNDFN). This document provides proponents with guiding principles of how NNDFN will give life to the rights and interests gained through land claim settlement with respect to the management of activities within NNDFN Traditional Territory.
NND Traditional Pursuits Policy
Environmental Monitor – Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 138
Lands Assistant – Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 141
Lands Officer – Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 151
Acting Lands and Resources Manager / Mining Reclamation Coordinator – Telephone: (867) 867-996-2265, ext. 143
Victoria Gold Liaison – Telephone: (867) 867-996-2265, ext. 142
Environmental Assessment Officer – Telephone: (867) 996-2265 ext. 152
Lands Officer – Telephone: (867) 996-2265
Lands Officer – Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 152
Fish and Wildlife Officer – Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 154