The Dispute Resolution Board was established in accordance with Chapter 21 (Dispute Resolution) of the LILCA to deal with disputes that may arise pursuant to the LILCA. The powers of the Board are primarily set out in Chapter 21 of the LILCA and are as follows:
(a) to sit as an Arbitration Panel;
(b) to establish a roster of mediators and to appoint mediators from the roster;
(c) to establish rules and procedures for mediation and arbitration consistent with Chapter 21;
(d) to establish rules and procedures for the Board’s internal administration; and
(e) to maintain a record of arbitration decisions.
The Board is comprised of five members appointed by the consensus of all three parties (the Provincial Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, the Federal Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and the Nunatsiavut Government). The chairperson is appointed by the members of the Board. If parties are unable to reach a consensus on the appointment of the members or the members of the Board are not able to reach a decision on a chairperson within set timeframes, the LILCA set outs how the appointments will be determined.
Those who make up the Board should collectively possess the following core competencies:
Members of the Board meet annually to deal with administrative matters (such as updating the roster of mediators), and as required when a dispute is to be heard by the Board. No disputes have been heard by the Board since first established in 2011.
Members are appointed for a six year term during good behavior and may be reappointed.