Bill 39
Environmental Rights Act

The information on this page has been compiled by Ecology north

Bill 39 full text

Status: In standing committee

Clause-by-Clause Review:

Date Time Venue
August 7 7:00 PM YK Legislative Assembly Committee Room A

Public hearing dates:

Date Community Time Venue
April 23 Fort Smith 7:00 PM Salt River First Nation Boardroom
April 24 Hay River 7:00 PM Community Centre 
April 25 Behchoko 7:00 PM Kö Gocho Ventre
April 26 Inuvik 7:00 PM Midnight Sun Complex
April 27 Norman Wells 4:00 PM Melnyk Hall, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #287
April 30 Yellowknife 6:00 PM Legislative Assembly Building, Committee Room A
May 2 Yellowknife [extended] 6:00 PM Legislative Assembly Building, Committee Room A

Excerpt from the published text of the Bill:

The Bill takes steps to modernize and broaden the existing Environmental Rights Act. It updates language used in the current Act to make it consistent with more recent legislation. It broadens existing rights under the Act to request an investigation, prosecute an offence and bring an action. The Bill provides correspondingly broader protections for employees who engage in those and other processes. With respect to the right to request an investigation, the Bill provides clearer timelines and responsibilities around the Minister’s obligation to report.
The Bill requires the Executive Council to prepare a statement of environmental values and requires departments and select public bodies to consider that statement in their decision-making. It mandates the tabling of a State of the Environment Report for the Northwest Territories, sets timelines around that report and provides for public comment on that report.

The Hansard is the daily printed record of the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of the NWT
Scroll to page 5059 for MLA comments on Bill 39 at second reading

GNWT Documents

Early in the legislative process, the government department sponsoring the bill compiles the results of their preliminary public consultation efforts into one or more reports. These reports may include an engagement or discussion paper and a What We Heard report which are often published on a webpage with additional resources for public engagement.

Prior to the Bill being brought to Standing Committee, the department sponsoring the Bill accepts submissions from various stakeholders on the proposed content and scope of the Bill. These stakeholders include non-governmental organization, individuals, and businesses. Submissions from the non-governmental organizations involved in the creation of this website are below.

Alternatives North submission
Alternatives North

Expert review for the Environmental Rights Act has been provided by Professor Lynda Collins, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law,
Centre for Environmental Law & Global Sustainability.

Public submissions to the Standing Committee will be posted to this tab as they become available. Please refer to the schedule above.

Council of Canadians ERA submission to standing committee
Council of Canadians
Tłı̨chǫ Government
Inuvialuit Game Council
Northwest Territory Métis Nation
David R. Boyd
Professor Lynda Collins
Nancy Vail, member of the public
Matilda Becker, member of the public
Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya
Sahtu Renewable Resources Board

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