DehCho Name Grand Chief as Interim Negotiator

DehCho Chiefs finalize resolutions at Fall Leadership Meeting at West Point First Nation. (Courtesy of Stanley Sanguez)

There’s been a shake-up with the DehCho First Nation’s negotiating team.

Last Thursday Grand Chief Herb Norwegian was chosen to lead the negotiating team, replacing Metis Lawyer Garth Wallbridge.

Norwegian didn’t give a specific timeline, “It’s a long drawn out process, but at this point it’s not a priority. The priority is just to make sure the discussions and the rapport that we have with the government is still there and then we’ll continue to re-jig and continue to move our process forward.”
Wallbridge was appointed after George Erasmus stepped down as Chief negotiator citing personal reasons in September 2015.
This follows the Fall leadership meeting which was hosted by West Point First Nation, in Hay River.
DehCho Leadership passed a resolution which names Norwegian as the acting Chief Negotiator. It also calls for a special leadership meeting.
Finally the resolution is asking for a negotiating meeting in the DehCho as opposed to in Ottawa.

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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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