About the 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.


Committee members as of April 2017:

MEMBERS:

  • Chairperson: Leon Andrew - member appointed by the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board
  • Alternate Chairperson: Dr. Suzanne Carrière - member appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
  • Ms. Alestine Andre - member appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
  • Dr. Allice Legat - member appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
  • Mr. Arthur Beck - member appointed by the Minister of ENR, on the advice of the Northwest Territory Metis Nation
  • Mr. James Firth - member appointed by the Gwich'in Renewable Resources Board
  • Ms. Joanna Wilson - member appointed by the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (NWT)
  • Ms. Misty Ireland - member appointed by the Minister of ENR, on the advice of the Dehcho First Nations
  • Mr. Moise Rabesca - member appointed by the Wek’èezhìi Renewable Resources Board
  • Dr. Nicholas (Nic) Larter - member appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
  • Lynda Yonge - member appointed by the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)

ALTERNATES:

  • Dr. Deborah Simmons - alternate to Mr. Leon Andrew
  • Mr. Daniel Beck - alternate to Mr. Arthur Beck
  • Ms. Kaytlin Cooper - alternate to Mr. James Firth
  • Mr. Boyan Tracz - alternate to Mr. Moise Rabesca

Brief biographies of Species at Risk Committee members and alternate members are available.


Contact the Species at Risk Committee

Species at Risk Committee 
c/o Species at Risk Secretariat 
SC6, Department of Environment and Natural Resources 
PO Box 1320 
Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2L9 
Toll-free: 1-855-783-4301 
Fax: (867) 873-0293
Email: sara@gov.nt.ca