Quotation MarksHemmera conducted this project’s Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Land Use Study to learn more about traditional land use (including traditional foods) in the Project area.

Client: Government of Northwest Territories and Nihtat Corporation

Location: Inuvik, NT

Date: 2016 – 2018

Project Leads:  Michael Muller, Kim Milligan, Deanna Higgenson,

Project Team:  Shena Shaw, Emily Di Tomaso, Andrea Kwasnicki, Charlie Palmer, Devon Yacura, Norma Powell, Kyle Rutledge

INUVIK WIND PROJECT: DETAILED REGULATORY STUDIES

Project Description
This GNWT is investigating the feasibility of developing a wind energy project that would provide renewable energy to the town of Inuvik. Electrical generation in the community of Inuvik is currently provided by diesel and natural gas. This Project is part of the Government of Northwest Territories’ larger energy strategy and effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption in remote Northwest Territories communities. The Project included the construction and operation of wind generator, an all-season road, transmission line, electrical system upgrades and an energy storage system. This Project refines and de-risks the Project in preparation for a funding decision and procurement. The Project includes linear features (access road and transmission line), in the NWT, requiring an assessment under the MVRMA.

Scope of Work
Hemmera is the lead Environmental, Socio-economic and Assessment/Permitting Consultant for the Project. We were responsible for building a regulatory roadmap from Design Basis through to Construction. Hemmera was responsible for all regulatory aspects of the Project, except consultation. Hemmera developed a regulatory risk register, and contributed to the Design Basis, Feasibility Study and master Project Schedule. We completed the required to gain the necessary approvals to conduct both environmental baseline and TK-related work in the NWT. These included: a Research Agreement from the Gwich’in Tribal Council, a Research Ethics Approval from the Aurora College Research Ethics Committee, and Scientific Research Licences from the Aurora Research Institute. Hemmera effectively engaged federal, territorial and Gwich’in governments regarding the scope of design of environmental studies. The studies were designed satisfy regulatory needs while also minimizing long-term monitoring requirements. Hemmera completed intensive migratory bird surveys, grizzly bear denning and incidental wildlife observations while managing vegetation mapping. Hemmera was responsible for conducting the Project’s Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Land Use Study, managing the Heritage Resources component of the Project. A Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Workshop was held to learn more about traditional land use (including traditional foods) in the Project area, and to better understand through the Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous people in the Inuvik area about the potential effects that the Project may have on the land and resources (including plants, wildlife, birds, etc.). Hemmera coordinated archaeological components required for the Project and reviewed results of the Heritage Resource Overview Assessment (HROA). Hemmera hired Gwich’in support and mentored staff during the environmental programs. We coordinated recruitment of Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Elders and land users to participate in the TK/TLU studies. Hemmera set the approach, coordinated the inputs, and developed the required information for a Land Use Permit Application submission to the Gwich’in Land and Water Board, under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. Our team of EA/SEA Specialists, supported by Geomatics and Document Delivery, met both schedule and budget. Hemmera’s northern-based team coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, engaged community support, collected baseline data, delivered TK/TLUs and integrated consultation/engagement information into MVRMA documentation.

INUVIK WIND PROJECT: DETAILED REGULATORY STUDIES

Client: Government of Northwest Territories and Nihtat Corporation

Location: Inuvik, NT

Date: 2016 – 2018

Project Leads:  Michael Muller, Kim Milligan, Deanna Higgenson,

Project Team:  Shena Shaw, Emily Di Tomaso, Andrea Kwasnicki, Charlie Palmer, Devon Yacura, Norma Powell, Kyle Rutledge

Project Description
This GNWT is investigating the feasibility of developing a wind energy project that would provide renewable energy to the town of Inuvik. Electrical generation in the community of Inuvik is currently provided by diesel and natural gas. This Project is part of the Government of Northwest Territories’ larger energy strategy and effort to reduce fossil fuel consumption in remote Northwest Territories communities. The Project included the construction and operation of wind generator, an all-season road, transmission line, electrical system upgrades and an energy storage system. This Project refines and de-risks the Project in preparation for a funding decision and procurement. The Project includes linear features (access road and transmission line), in the NWT, requiring an assessment under the MVRMA.

Scope of Work
Hemmera is the lead Environmental, Socio-economic and Assessment/Permitting Consultant for the Project. We were responsible for building a regulatory roadmap from Design Basis through to Construction. Hemmera was responsible for all regulatory aspects of the Project, except consultation. Hemmera developed a regulatory risk register, and contributed to the Design Basis, Feasibility Study and master Project Schedule. We completed the required to gain the necessary approvals to conduct both environmental baseline and TK-related work in the NWT. These included: a Research Agreement from the Gwich’in Tribal Council, a Research Ethics Approval from the Aurora College Research Ethics Committee, and Scientific Research Licences from the Aurora Research Institute. Hemmera effectively engaged federal, territorial and Gwich’in governments regarding the scope of design of environmental studies. The studies were designed satisfy regulatory needs while also minimizing long-term monitoring requirements. Hemmera completed intensive migratory bird surveys, grizzly bear denning and incidental wildlife observations while managing vegetation mapping. Hemmera was responsible for conducting the Project’s Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Land Use Study, managing the Heritage Resources component of the Project. A Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Workshop was held to learn more about traditional land use (including traditional foods) in the Project area, and to better understand through the Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous people in the Inuvik area about the potential effects that the Project may have on the land and resources (including plants, wildlife, birds, etc.). Hemmera coordinated archaeological components required for the Project and reviewed results of the Heritage Resource Overview Assessment (HROA). Hemmera hired Gwich’in support and mentored staff during the environmental programs. We coordinated recruitment of Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Elders and land users to participate in the TK/TLU studies. Hemmera set the approach, coordinated the inputs, and developed the required information for a Land Use Permit Application submission to the Gwich’in Land and Water Board, under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. Our team of EA/SEA Specialists, supported by Geomatics and Document Delivery, met both schedule and budget. Hemmera’s northern-based team coordinated a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, engaged community support, collected baseline data, delivered TK/TLUs and integrated consultation/engagement information into MVRMA documentation.

Quotation MarksHemmera conducted this project’s Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Land Use Study to learn more about traditional land use (including traditional foods) in the Project area.