NWT Metis Nation President Gary Bailey confirms the GNWT negotiators have put forward a new landclaim offer. But Bailey says details are few at this time.
“Well there’s not much I can say about it, it’s confidential. We got a lot of thinking and digesting to do as well. We got to see if the agreement, if everybody will be happy with it. There’s still work to be done, I can’t say that it’s near finished yet, it’s close but we still have some issues to deal with,” Bailey told CKLB on Monday.
Recommendation 4 from Tom Isaac’s report, could be one of those issues. It highlights Canada and the GNWT discussing in good faith the NWTMN’s harvesting interests north of Great Slave Lake.
The NWT Metis Nation has councils in Fort Resolution, Fort Smith, and Hay River.
Bailey and the Ministerial Special Representatives Report both hint at a timeline of 18-24 months for negotiations towards a final agreement.
The Premier’s office announced Friday the offer to the Northwest Territory Metis Nation was made on May 24 and a revised offer was sent to the Akaitcho Dene First Nations on May 25.