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.
— Deh Gah Got’ie Koe. (@FtProv) June 28, 2017
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.