WMAC(NS) was created in 1988 under the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Settlement Act, ultimately the result of the 1984 Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). Since its inception, the Council has been a catalyst for cooperative management on the Yukon North Slope. We continue to work with our many partners in support of this unique and important area.
The Wildlife Management Advisory Council for the Yukon North Slope is comprised of five members: two members appointed by the Inuvialuit Game Council, one appointed by the federal Minister of Environment, one appointed by the Yukon Territorial Government, and an independent chairperson.
We are active on a number of fronts, including (but not limited to):
- Providing advice on wildlife policy and the management, regulation, and administration of wildlife, habitat and harvesting for the Yukon North Slope;
- Giving guidance to the Porcupine Caribou Management Board, the Yukon Land Use Planning Commission, the Environmental Impact Screening Committee and the Environmental Impact Review Board, to name only a few;
- Recommending quotas for Inuvialuit game harvesting on the Yukon North Slope; and
- Working on concrete measures to protect critical habitat for wildlife or harvesting purposes.
The chart below outlines who is involved in the co-management system on the Yukon North Slope and how it works as established by the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.
A resident of Whitehorse, Lindsay Staples serves as the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) Chair, and also works as a private consultant. His expertise lies in the fields of natural resource management, socio-economic and environmental impact assessment, and land claims self-government negotiations and implementation. Lindsay has a long-standing interest in the management of the Yukon North Slope and the implementation of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. He possesses extensive experience in negotiation, facilitation and consensus-based processes involving a broad range of public policy issues.
Danny C. Gordon
Inuvialuit Game Council - Member
Danny Gordon is currently a director of the Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee. A resident of Aklavik, Danny is an active hunter and trapper and is highly involved in his community.
Government of Yukon - Member
Todd is the Manager of Biodiversity Programs in the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Yukon Government Department of Environment. He’s been working with fish and wildlife and parks agencies in western Canada since 1992. He earned a Masters of Science degree studying the effect of disturbance on northern mountain caribou. Having spent some time as a biologist in some busy, industrialized landscapes in northern Alberta, his interest in maintaining diversity and managing effects on wildlife is well established. Based in Whitehorse, his interests include the wildlife and biodiversity of the boreal cordillera as well as the arctic.
Government of Canada - Member
Christopher Hunter is the Ivvavik National Park and Pingo Canadian Landmark Site Manager and has worked with Parks Canada in the Western Arctic since 2008. He was appointed as Canada member to the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope) in 2012. Christopher brings a diverse and global background in natural resource management and conservation to Council through previous experience in planning, ecosystem base management and community based conservation. Christopher and his family live in Inuvik, NT.
Inuvialuit Game Council - Member
Ernest recently completed 44 years of service for the territorial government in the airports division for the department of transportation, as regional airport manager for the Tuktoyaktuk Region. He is currently serving a term as Councillor for the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk. Born on Banks Island, 80km northwest of Sachs Harbour, Ernest was raised on the land. In previous years, he served as Mayor of Tuktoyaktuk, Chair of the Tuktoyaktuk Education Authority, and as a Director for the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Group. Ernest also worked as a Director of the Community Corporations of Sachs Harbour and Tuktoyaktuk.
Manager of Regional Programs - Alternate
Matt is the Manager of Regional Programs for the Fish and Wildlife Branch of Environment Yukon. Matt oversees the collaborative work of Yukon's regional biologists and technicians, as well as staff in the harvest program. He has worked in the field of fish and wildlife management since 2005 in prairie, boreal, and arctic ecosystems, with particular focus on land claim implementation, environmental assessment, and harvest management. Matt and his family live north of Whitehorse.
Government of Canada - Alternate
Craig Machtans, Alternate (Government of Canada). Craig is the supervisor of the Population and Conservation section of Canadian Wildlife Service in Whitehorse. He has been in Whitehorse since 2013 and spent the previous 17 years at CWS in Yellowknife and so has a good deal of northern experience. Most of his technical work has been on bird monitoring and conservation, policy development, and environmental assessment at local, regional and national scales.
Inuvialuit Game Council - Alternate
Executive Director - Staff
Jennifer Smith job shares this position with Kelly Milner. She has been working with the Council in various ways since 2008 and more permanently since 2010. She holds a diploma in Renewable Resource Management and has completed complementary course work from OUC. Originally from the Yukon, she has worked in various conservation, forestry, and wildlife management applications.
Executive Director - Staff
North Yukon Regional Biologist - WMACNS Support
Mike Suitor is the Regional Biologist for the North Yukon Region, Fish and Wildlife Branch of Environment Yukon. Mike has a varied background having worked in various capacities for a number of provincial and federal government agencies. Most of his experience has focused on large mammal ecology with a specific focus on managing impacts on wildlife. He was appointed as alternate for the Yukon in 2013 and also provides technical expertise on fish and wildlife related matters to the Council. He sits on several other boards and committees including the Porcupine Caribou Technical Committee, the technical working group for the Inuvialuit Community Based Monitoring Program, and acts as a technical advisor for the Porcupine Caribou Management Board. Mike and his family live in Dawson City, Yukon.