The Gwich’in Land Claim Settlement Act of 1992 delineated a parcel of land in and adjacent to the Mackenzie Delta referred to as the Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA). Along with recognizing certain rights and privileges for Gwich’in people on Crown Land within the GSA, this act also transferred ownership of specific lands to the Gwich’in people. Consult the map to determine whether your research will be conducted on either Crown or Private Lands within the GSA. Documentation of consultation with and consent by appropriate agencies is required for the issuing of an Aurora Research Institute Scientific Research Licence.
Crown Lands within the GSA are jointly managed by various co-management boards and Gwich’in councils. If your research will take place on Crown Lands within the GSA, you should contact the local Renewable Resource Council(s) (RRC). In addition, if you plan to conduct research on renewable resources, you should contact the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board at the following address:
If your research takes place on Crown Lands in or adjacent to the GSA, and will extend for a period of greater than 200 person days, then you require a Land Use Permit. Researchers should also be aware that a Land Use Permit will only be issued for activities that are in accordance with an approved Land Use Plan. For more information on land use planning, please visit Gwich'in Land Use Planning Board web site.
The Gwich’in Land and Water Board (GLWB) is responsible for issuing Land Use Permits and Water Licences within the GSA. For more information on the Board’s role in the conservation, development and use of land and water resources in the Gwich’in Settlement Area, visit the GLWB site, or contact them at the following address:
Gwich'in Private Lands
The Gwich’in Land Claim Settlement Act transferred ownership of approximately 22,422 square kilometres of land in the Mackenzie Delta region to the Gwich’in. For research which requires access to these private lands contact:
Gwich'in Tribal Council
P.O. Box 1509
Phone: (867) 777-7900
Fax: (867) 777-7919
Before an Aurora Research Institute Scientific Research Licence is issued, the researcher must consult with, and gain approval from, the appropriate governing bodies. Research involving land, water or wildlife requires approval from the local RRC(s). For social, cultural or economic aspects, or the testing of people, contact the local Gwich’in Council(s). In addition, for research on social or cultural aspects, contact the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute:
Gwich'in Social and Cultural Institute
P.O. Box 30
Fort McPherson, NT
Phone: (867) 952-2524
Fax: (867) 952-2238
For all projects in the GSA, the Gwich’in Land Use Planning Board will be notified:
Land Use Planner
Gwich’in Land Use Planning Board
P.O. Box 2478
Phone: (867) 777-7936
Fax: (867) 777-7970
Any research within the municipal limits requires approval from the Municipal Council(s).