The Department of Culture and Lands Protection (DCLP) oversees the use, management, administration and protection of Tłı̨chǫ lands, renewable and non-renewable resources. Working under supervision from the Manager, Lands Protection and with direction from the DCLP Director, the Land Use Planner is responsible for the implementation of the Tłı̨chǫ Land Use Plan, administration of land use issues, and for participating on special projects as directed for the DCLP on Tłįchǫ lands, Wek’èezhı̀i and Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè.
The Land Use Planner is responsible for implementing the Tłı̨chǫ Land Use Plan (TLUP), contributing to the lands administration system on Tłı̨chǫ Lands, preparing reports and making presentations on proposed land use activities on Tłı̨chǫ Lands and other special projects as directed. The Land Use Planner will advance land use planning for public lands in the Wek’èezhı̀i Management Area, participate in legislative processes for Protected Areas, and conduct timely reviews of development submissions and resolution of land issues throughout Tłįchǫ traditional territory, Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè. Related planning work will include research, preparations and logistics of community meetings and representing the Tłı̨chǫ Government both in the office and during community events. The Land Use Planner must follow legislation, policies and procedures in completing their duties, however, they have significant latitude in conducting research and making recommendations concerning land and resource submissions, reviews and use and the implementation of the TLUP.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Implements the TLUP and other Lands Protection projects by:
- Compiling and analyzing data on traditional, economic, legal, political, cultural, physical, environmental and other factors affecting land and resource use;
- Consulting with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Traditional Knowledge (TK) on related Lands Protection projects;
- Reviewing reports, studies and other materials concerning current and traditional land and resource uses;
- Consulting with territorial and federal authorities, the public and special interest groups to implement and organizing the 5-year review of the TLUP in 2018;
- Formulating long-range objectives and policies relative to future land use and the protection of the environment;
- Preparing and recommending land development concepts and plans for traditional, transportation, public utilities, industrial and other land and resource uses;
- Advancing establishment of the Dinàgà Wek'èhodì protected area and participation in a Territory-wide legislative drafting process;
- Collaboration with TG staff and partners to advance land use planning for public lands in the Wek’èezhı̀ı Management Area;
- Monitoring of former mines and contaminated site remediation, care and maintenance; and
- Ensuring changes to the TLUP comply with applicable laws.
- Oversees the lands administration system by:
- Ensuring applications for land and resource use are properly processed;
- Collaborating with the Lands Regulator to ensure the DCLP databases are up to date and accurate;
- Taking direction from the Manager, Lands Protection to recommend responses to regulators and other governments (ie. requests for Consultation);
- Reviewing and evaluating proposals for land use and development plans and prepare recommendations;
- Coordinating decisions and responses of DCLP and Tłı̨chǫ Government;
- Overseeing the processing of any required permits;
- Liaising with regulatory and environmental review agencies as necessary concerning applications and proposals for land use as well as any permits proposed to be processed; and
- Working closely with and advising the Lands Administration Officer to ensure lands administration system is efficient and effective.
- Represents the Department of Culture and Lands Protection by:
- Preparing reports and briefing notes on issues concerning Lands Protection for the Director, Tłı̨chǫ Executive Officer, Chief’s Executive Council or Tłı̨chǫ Assembly;
- Participating in public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and special interest groups;
- Producing final documents such as technical reports, development standards and criteria;
- Making recommendations and preparing presentations on Land Use Planning;
- Assisting the Lands Administrative Assistant with customer service to citizens, clients and others;
- Accompanying DCLP Staff in outreach events in Tłı̨chǫ communities; and
- Leading a process to make amendments to TLUP, including the 5-year review to the TLUP in 2018.
- Executes duties, as assigned by the Director, DCLP or the Manager, Lands Protection, associated with special projects that require immediate attention.
- Other duties and activities as directed
Education and Skills
The Land Use Planner is expected to have the following education, work experience and skills (equivalencies will be considered):
- Post-secondary degree in a related field with significant related work experience including regional land use planning experience, natural resource and/or environmental management or an equivalent combination of education and experience
- Strong understanding of land and resource management in the Northwest Territories and of the applicable legislative, regulatory and institutional framework
- Familiarity with land and resource management systems and approaches, and the legislative and regulatory regime (Tłı̨chǫ laws, MVRMA) applying to Wek’èezhı̀i and Mǫwhì Gogha Dè Nı̨ı̨tłèè, especially the land use permitting and water licensing processes
- Familiarity with conducting technical reviews of environmental applications, submissions and reviews, particularly for mining and industrial developments
- Familiarity with royalty and own source revenue estimating and monitoring
- Familiarity with mapping systems and the concepts and techniques of land and resource management in northern Canada
- Highly developed analytic and practical reasoning abilities
- Sensitivity to and willingness to be guided by Tłı̨chǫ geographic and land and resource use concepts and traditions, traditional knowledge and other Tłı̨chǫ priorities
- Good budgeting, mathematical and problem solving abilities
- Very good interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as a member of a team
- Very good computer skills and the ability to use electronic data bases and filing systems and use of Windows or Apple IOS, Microsoft Office, Adobe platforms and the Internet for research purposes
- Very good organizational and time management skills
- Positive attitude and collaborative work ethic
- Ability to work with Tłı̨chǫ community members, particularly elders, youth and harvesters
- Ability to speak the Tłı̨chǫ language is an asset
- Familiarity with the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement and Tłı̨chǫ Constitution, Tłı̨chǫ language, culture and way of life
The Tłı̨chǫ Government has powers to pass and enforce a wide range of its own laws. The Tłı̨chǫ Government can own resources, receive tax revenues and protect resources. The focus of the Tłı̨chǫ Government is the protection of the Tłı̨chǫ language and culture, heritage and wildlife. The Tłı̨chǫ people also have their own Constitution. The Constitution sets out the rights and freedoms of Tłı̨chǫ citizens and provides the rules for the election of the Tłı̨chǫ Government and for keeping the Government accountable. The Tłı̨chǫ Governing Structure is made up of three parts:
1. Annual Gathering
An Annual Gathering of the is held on a rotation basis in each Tłı̨chǫ community. The purpose of the Annual Gathering is to bring people together to share in the social, political and cultural activities of the Tłı̨chǫ. Among other things, the following matters shall be attended to at the Annual Gathering:
1. an open forum shall be held where Tłı̨chǫ Citizens may ask questions, make recommendations and provide broad policy directions to the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly;
2. nominations for the Grand Chief shall be announced in the year of an election;
3. annual reports including financial reports on the activities of Tłı̨chǫ Government and its institutions shall be presented;
4. debate, consideration and approval of proposed amendments to the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement or to the Constitution; and
5. consider approval of motions from the Tłı̨chǫ Assembly.
2. Tłı̨chǫ Assembly
The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly is made up of a Grand Chief elected by Tłįchǫ citizens, a Chief from each of the four Tłı̨chǫ Community Governments and two representatives of each Tłı̨chǫ community. These members are elected by the residents of their community. The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly sits at least four times per year in one of the four communities. The Tłı̨chǫ Assembly is the law making body for the Tłı̨chǫ Government.
3. Chief's Executive Council
The Chief's Executive Council is made up of a Grand Chief elected by Tłı̨chǫ citizens, and a Chief from each of the four Tłı̨chǫ Community Governments. The Chief's Executive Council oversees the Implementation of Tłı̨chǫ Laws