The Mackenzie River Basin Board was created in 1997 by the Transboundary Waters Master Agreement between the Government of Canada, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon and Northwest Territories. The purpose of this website is to help ensure that the public is informed and involved in issues concerning the Mackenzie River Basin.

The Board’s Vision for the Mackenzie River Basin

A healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Board’s Guiding Principles

The Agreement commits the parties to the following principles in carrying out their responsibilities in the Basin.

  • Manage the water resources in a manner consistent with the maintenance of the ecological integrity of the aquatic ecosystem.
  • Manage the use of the water resources in a sustainable manner for present and future generations.
  • Allow each Party to the Agreement to use or manage the use of water resources within its jurisdiction provided such use does not unreasonably harm the ecological integrity of the aquatic ecosystem in any other jurisdiction.
  • Provide for early and effective consultation, notification and sharing of information on developments and activities that might affect the ecological integrity of the aquatic ecosystem in another jurisdiction.
  • Resolve issues in a cooperative and harmonious manner.

What’s New

  • Webinar: Monitoring Great Slave Sub-basin

    In this webinar, Research & Community-Based Monitoring in the Great Slave Sub-basin, guest speakers Dr. Marlene Evans (ECCC) and Kathleen Fordy (Deninu Kųę́ First Nation Aquatics Department) will be presenting on their individual and collaborative work in the Great Slave sub-basin. The session will include two ~30 minute presentations followed by a facilitated discussion and open dialogue among the attendees and the speakers.

    When: November 29th, 2023 at 10-12 pm MST

    We hope to have attendance from workers across federal, territorial, and provincial governments as well as workers and knowledge holders from Indigenous communities and Nations. Please share this event with your networks.

  • Website Update for the MRBB

    The Mackenzie River Basin Board has updated its website platform. Content organization is currently similar to the old website but there are plans to revisit this in the future. If you cannot find a page or link please contact the MRBB Secretariat via our Contact Us page

2021 SOAER

Click here to access the web-based State of the Aquatic Ecosystem Report.

The Mackenzie River Basin Board (MRBB) is pleased to share the 2021 State of the Aquatic Ecosystem Report (SOAER).  The 2021 SOAER is an online web-based report that braids publicly available science and Indigenous Knowledges for four aquatic indicators.   Please send any questions or feedback to ec.cbm-mrbb.ec@ec.gc.ca