Species at Risk Committee

What is their mandate?

The Species at Risk Committee is established under the Species at Risk (NWT) Act to assess the biological status of species that may be at risk in the NWT.

As part of the assessment, the Species at Risk Committee identifies threats and positive influences to species and their habitats. They may also recommend conservation actions.

The Species at Risk Committee uses the assessments to recommend whether a species should be added to the NWT List of Species at Risk.


Who are they?

All the members of the Species at Risk Committee are experts on species, habitat, northern ecosystems or conservation. Their expertise comes from Aboriginal traditional knowledge, community knowledge or science. They do not represent the group that appointed them, or anyone else. They act as independent experts.

Species at Risk Committee members are appointed by the four wildlife co-management boards established under settled land claim and self-government agreements, the Government of Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories (represented by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)). In areas without settled land claims, members are appointed by the Minister of ENR after consultation with the appropriate groups. Appointments are for up to five years.


Future Meetings

April 4-6, 2017 - face-to-face meeting (Fort Smith, Northern Life Museum)