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.