Dehcho Process raised in Legislative Assembly

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

On the last day of the NWT’s Legislative Assembly’s winter session, an update on the Dehcho process was raised.

Dehcho MLA Michael Nadli dug for details about the GNWT’s role in negotiations.

“Will the GNWT accept the lead role of Canada in the negotiations of lands and resources?” asked Nadli.

Premier Bob McLeod defended his government’s role in negotiations, and says he’s optimistic about outcomes from the Ministerial Special Representative’s upcoming report.

“That’s something the federal government has indicated and we have with Devolution should be at the table, and we have programs and services and we have responsibilities as the public government of the NWT,” responded McLeod.

McLeod added more information from the final Ministerial Special Report should be available by this May, after it’s shared between the DehCho First Nations and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He worked as a sports writer in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Between journalistic duties in the NWT and Yukon, Campbell was a speechwriter for former NWT MP Dennis Bevington, and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.

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