The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Inuvialuit Game Council and Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada are pleased to release the Beaufort Region Strategic Environmental Assessment Final Report. Since 2016, the Beaufort Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment aimed to provide strategic directions and analysis of environmental considerations pertaining to future offshore oil and gas activity in the Beaufort Sea, which is part of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. This effort could not have been possible without continuous participation from community organizations and residents. We would like to express our appreciation to all who contributed to workshops, shared their knowledge, participated in projects, led research and attended meetings over the past 5 years. We would also like to acknowledge the Beaufort RSEA Advisory Committee as well as many other partners who contributed to the overall Beaufort RSEA program.

The assessment, which was prepared by the consulting firm Kavik-Stantec, supports decision-making on possible future resource development and management, environmental conservation programs, subsistence activities and other complementary commercial activities; and, takes into account trade-offs and changes in the state of the ecosystem. The Assessment report will inform the 5-year review of the moratorium on oil and gas activities in Canada’s Arctic offshore waters, announced in the United States–Canada Joint Arctic Leaders’ Statement in December 2016.

The BRSEA report can be downloaded here. Alternatively, this executive summary presents the results in a more condensed form.

The September 11, 2020 Press Release can be accessed here.

Please cite this report as:

Kavik-Stantec 2020. Beaufort Region Strategic Environmental Assessment Final Report. Report prepared for Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Inuvialuit Game Council and Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.

Who We Are

To support the Government's commitment to a clean environment and a strong economy, decisions around potential resource development and conservation plans involve balancing risks and benefits at project-specific, regional and national scales. Government, indigenous communities, industry and local stakeholders have an interest in understanding and assessing the balance of potential development and conservation scenarios.





How We Help

The BRSEA will form part of the science-based review included in the December 20, 2016 United States-Canada Joint Arctic Leaders' Statement. The BRSEA will: