New land claim offers expected mid May in Denendeh

Map courtesy of the Office of the Auditor General of Canada

The Akaitcho Territory Government, Dehcho First Nations, and NWT Metis Nation could receive new land claim offers from the GNWT and Canada soon.

Premier Bob McLeod says both Canada and his government is committed to making new offers by mid May.

“We aren’t starting from scratch, a lot of these claims are probably at 85 – 90 per cent completion range, so we’re already at the finish line to begin with,” McLeod told reporters on Thursday.

The Ministerial Special Representatives Reports by Anne Marie Doyle and Thomas Issac were made public on Thursday.

The challenges highlighted in both reports, aside from overlapping claims between the Akaitcho and NWT Metis Nation, include land size, sub surface rights, financial consideration, treaty rights, and self government.

McLeod remains optimistic of completing negotiations during the life of the 18th Assembly.

“Well one of the first things we’re going do is work with the appropriate Aboriginal government to develop an aggressive work plan that will get us to the finish line within 24 months,” added McLeod.

The three claims have been at the negotiating table for upwards over 2 decades after the collapse of the 1990 Dene/Metis Agreement in Principle.

Dehcho Process MSR Report to Premier McLeod and Minister Bennett
MSR Isaac Report – March 2017

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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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