Message from the Chair

On behalf of the Board members and staff of the Inuvialuit Water Board (IWB), I would like to welcome you to the IWB website.

Established under legislation, the IWB is mandated to review and make decisions on the issuance of licenses and setting the terms and conditions for water use and waste disposal within the Northwest Territories portion of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR). The IWB is one of a group of environmental review and regulatory authorities that have a collective responsibility of ensuring all public and private activities within the ISR are undertaken in a manner that do not diminish the health and wellbeing of the natural environment.

In developing our website, we are offering information on the mandate, activities, and operational procedures of the IWB; information, guidance, and templates for those planning to undertake activities within the ISR requiring the use of waters or the deposit of waste; and access, through our public registry, to all water licensing and related documentation.

As well, in recognition and to assist in a fuller understanding of the collective responsibility of environmental review and regulatory bodies within the ISR, the IWB website also provides links to these other authorities.

In our ongoing efforts to ensure this website provides a comprehensive and user-friendly source of information on the licensing of water use and waste disposal within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, any feedback or suggested improvement in this regard is greatly appreciated.

Our Mission

The objects of the Board are to provide for the  conservation, development and utilization of waters in a manner that will provide the optimum benefit for all Canadians in general and, in particular, for the residents of the portion of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region located in the Northwest Territories for which the Board is authorized to issue licences. 

Our Vision

Clean and plentiful water available today and into the future.

Our Values


The Board is forthright and open in its processes and decisions.


The Board is consistent, objective and unbiased in its actions, and acts with integrity in all that it does.  It
is fair in its decisions and strives for consensus in its decision‐making.


The Board is considerate, approachable and treats its applicants, interested parties, other regulatory
bodies, the public and individual board members and its staff with respect.


The Board is efficient, making the best use of time and resources in its actions and activities and executes
its mandate in an effective manner, providing clear direction throughout its processes and in its decisions.


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