The Nihtat Gwich’in Council has expressed desire to pursue its own self-government agreement, which the Gwich’in Tribal Council is calling drastic.
On June 16, the GTC issued a press release acknowledging receipt of a letter from NGC discussing community-based Self Government.
“We recognize the decision taken by the Nihtat Gwich’in Council Board of Directors, but feel strongly that the authority to significantly change the Self Government process lies with the Assembly who provided the mandate, and to whom the GTC reports back regarding negotiations”, said Deputy Grand Chief of the Gwich’in Tribal Council Jordan Peterson in the release.
The NGC wants to make clear that it is happy to remain a part of the GTC, but simply want to exercise their right to self-government and do not see the division dividing the GTC in any way.
The NGC will be holding its community assembly on the matter on July 8.