Dehcho Grand Chief calls for Mediator to push forward

Image courtesy of Dehcho First Nations.

The Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations is calling for a mediator to get negotiations for lands and governance back on track.

“Our people are patient, but we’ve had far too many delays. In order to speed up the process, we suggest the parties engage the services of a mediator at the negotiating table,” said Herb Norwegian in a press release on Tuesday.

Chiefs and Metis presidents from the nine Dehcho communities have been discussing the role of the GNWT at the negotiating table and resource management over the last five months.

Norwegian says the 2001 framework agreement clearly spells out the role of Canada, the GNWT , and Dehcho First Nations.

He adds the “Dehcho have always supported the development of a truly integrated system of resource management in place of a the current fragmented system.”

A spokesperson with Crown and Indigenous Relations, is expected to confirm receipt of the letter from the Dehcho First Nations this week.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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