Dehcho Negotiations options shared on Twitter

Federal Government and Government of NWT negotiators in Fort Simpson to make latest offer to Dehcho Leaders. Tweet from Jim Antoine

Some details of the federal and territorial governments’ recent offer to the Dehcho First Nations were made public over twitter late last week.

The discussion paper includes two different options for community chiefs of the Dehcho region to consider.

The options according to Twitter

One option is a $113-million cash settlement offer, with 48,000 square kilometres of surface and subsurface resource royalty rights, but no resource revenues from Crown land in the Dehcho Region.

The other option is the same cash settlement, but with a smaller land offer of 42,000 square kilometres of surface and subsurface rights, and a small share in royalties from development on Crown and Commissioner’s land in the Mackenzie Valley.

Three pages from the 14-page discussion paper were posted on Twitter by former NWT premier and former chief of Liidlii Kue First Nation Jim Antoine.

Antoine confirms the documents are authentic.

More land & more money if Nahæâ Dehé Dene Band is on board

Both offers have alternate scenarios if Nahanni Butte Dene Band participates in the settlement. Nahanni pulled away from the Dehcho Process last year.

The cash settlement and land offer shrink, if Nahanni Butte does not participate. Nahanni Butte Dene Band Chief Peter Marcellais announced he was pulling away from the Dehcho Process last year in Colville Lake at the Dene Nation Leadership meeting, and again at a Dehcho Leadership meeting about a year ago in Hay River.

According to current chiefs and former leaders from the Dehcho, both options still need to be looked over and discussed by community chiefs and their councils.

It’s unclear if the membership enrollment process has come to a close at this time.

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