THE PURPOSE of this NWMB hearing is to gather relevant evidence and arguments in order for the NWMB to establish basic needs levels for beluga, narwhal and walrus in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The hearing has been rescheduled for September 11th and 12th 2012, in Iqaluit. The hearing will be held each day from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. -5:00 p.m. The NWMB may also hold one or more evening sessions from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
 Please note that the NWMB may modify the date, duration and location well in advance of the hearing (i.e. 60 days prior to the hearing). Any modification to the public hearing date and location will be provided on the NWMB’s website and via official correspondence to all associated parties.
1. The hearing shall be open to the public, with notice provided to the public at least sixty (60) days prior to the commencement of the hearing. Part of the hearing may be conducted in camera, where the NWMB considers that confidential or sensitive matters may be disclosed or discussed.
2. Any interested person or body may file with the NWMB a written submission and supporting documentation (initial submission) concerning the establishment of the basic needs levels for beluga, narwhal and walrus in the Nunavut Settlement Area – duly translated into Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun or English as the case may be – by no later than 5:00 p.m. (Iqaluit time), on May 31st 2012.
3. In addition, any interested person or body may file with the NWMB a separate written submission and supporting documentation (reply submission) in response to one or more submissions filed as of February 9th 2012 – duly translated into Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun or English as the case may be – by no later than 5:00 p.m. (Iqaluit time), on July 6th 2012.
4. Unless persuasive written and translated reasons are provided to the NWMB for late filing, the NWMB will not consider materials for this hearing that are not filed on time.
5. The requirement for translation of written submissions and supporting documentation filed with the NWMB does not apply to individual members of the public.
6. For all others who file supporting documentation with the NWMB, the requirement for translation does not apply to such documents over ten (10) pages in length, as long as each supporting document that is not translated is accompanied by a concise, translated summary (English and Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun) at least two (2) pages in length.
7. The NWMB shall ensure that all materials filed with it or produced by it are made publicly available, subject to relevant confidentiality or privacy concerns.
8. The NWMB shall provide simultaneous English and Inuktitut translation at the hearing, to the extent reasonably possible.
9. A quorum of NWMB members shall be present at the hearing.
10. Any representative or agent of the Government of Canada or Government of Nunavut, any Hunters and Trappers Organization or Regional Wildlife Organization and any Inuk shall be accorded the status of party at the hearing.
11. Unless invited by the NWMB to be a party, any other person or body wishing to be named as a party by the NWMB shall make an appropriate request in writing to the NWMB.
12. All parties and other participants at the hearing are required to treat one another and the NWMB with respect.
13. The NWMB shall provide a reasonable opportunity for oral presentations from each of the parties at the hearing by their choice of official, expert or counsel.
14. Any member of the NWMB, the NWMB’s Director of Wildlife or the NWMB’s Legal Counsel may ask relevant questions of any party at the hearing.
15. Any party may ask relevant questions of any other party at the hearing.
16. The NWMB shall provide members of the public in attendance at the hearing a reasonable opportunity to make statements and to ask questions of the parties and the NWMB.
17. Every person at the hearing wishing to speak or ask a question shall raise his or her hand, and shall only speak once the NWMB Chairperson has recognized him or her.
18. The NWMB Chairperson reserves the right to place reasonable time limits on presentations, statements and questions.
19. The NWMB shall make an audio recording of the hearing available upon request.
 “Supporting documentation” refers to one or more studies, articles, opinions or other documents separate from a person’s or organization’s written submission, filed as additional evidence and/or argument in support of that person’s or organization’s submission.