Nihtat Gwich’in seek separate Self Government process

Nihtat Gwich'in tell GTC they want to pursue community based Self Government.

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.


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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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