THE PURPOSEof this NWMB public hearing is to publicly consider proposed modifications to the current level of Total Allowable Harvest for the Foxe Basin polar bear subpopulation in the Nunavut Settlement Area.
The Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board has filed – in Inuktitut and English – a Proposal for NWMB Decision with the NWMB, seeking a decision as to whether or not increase the current level of Total Allowable Harvest for the Foxe Basin Polar Bear subpopulation. The Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board Proposal, along with other documents comprising the best available information to date, are available for review or download from the NWMB’s website (http://www.nwmb.com).
1. The hearing shall be open to the public, with notice provided to the public at least 30 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 written submissions and supporting documentation in response to the Qikitaaluk Wildlife Board’s proposal, or otherwise regarding concerns with the proposed modifications to the current Total Allowable Harvest for the Foxe Basin Polar Bear Subpopulation- duly translated into Inuktitut or English, as the case may be - by no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 2nd, 2013.
3. The requirement for translation of submissions and supporting documentation filed with the NWMB does not apply to individual members of the public .
4. For all others who file supporting documentation with the NWMB, the requirement for translation does not apply to documents over 10 pages in length, provided that each supporting document that is not translated is accompanied by a concise, translated summary.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The NWMB shall provide simultaneous English and lnuktitut translation at the hearing, to the extent reasonably possible.
8. A quorum of NWMB members shall be present at the hearing.
9. Any representative or agent of the Government of Nunavut, any Hunters and Trappers Organization or Regional Wildlife Organization, and any lnuk, shall be accorded the status of party at the hearing.
10. 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.
11. All parties and other participants at the hearing are required to treat one another and the NWMB with respect.
12. 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.
13. Any member of the NWMB, the NWMB's Director of Wildlife Management or the NWMB's legal counsel may ask relevant questions of any party at the hearing.
14. Any party may ask relevant questions of any other party at the hearing.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. The NWMB Chairperson reserves the right to place reasonable time limits on presentations, statements and questions.
18. The NWMB shall make an audio recording of the hearing available upon request.