The NIRB’s staff is available to assist you by phone, fax, email or in person at our office in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut!
If you are looking for information or would like to set up an interview, please call the Manager of Communications at the NIRB. To contact the Manager of Communications, please visit the contact page.
Because of the quasi-judicial nature of the NIRB, there are certain limitations as to what the Chairperson and staff can speak about. For ongoing environmental assessments, you will only be able to interview the Executive Director or delegate. The Chairperson and Board Members are not permitted to comment on matters before the board. Further, the staff member designated by the Executive Director as the spokesperson for a particular file will comment on the assessment process only.
NIRB decisions, submissions made by other parties or any other evidence must speak for itself. The staff cannot provide interpretation or explanations of any information that is on the public record. All the evidence is available on the NIRB’s public registry. If you would like to gain a better understand of the information on the public record, please contact the groups or individuals or outside expert who submitted the particular document.
Aside from reviewing the public registry, which contains all the information the NIRB has on file, contact the proponent of the project under assessment and visit its website to get more specific details about the development. NIRB staff will only be able to give you a cursory overview of the project. The proponent is the best one to describe its own project. The NIRB board members or staff will not do this for you in an interview.
For assessments where the NIRB has issued its Public Hearing Report, the Chairperson is normally available for comment. The Chairperson can provide an overview of the decision, however the decision document again must speak for itself and the Chairperson will not be able to provide further interpretation of the document. You are encouraged to speak to the individuals or groups involved in the assessment for their perspectives on the decision. It is advisable to make sure they have had a chance to read the document before soliciting their comments.