NWT Metis Nation confirms a new landclaim offer from GNWT

(Left to Right) NWT Metis Nation Executive: Paul Harrington, Secretary Treasurer, Betty Villebrun, Vice President, and Garry Bailey, President.
(Photo Courtesy of Kyle Napier,NWT MN)

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.

About the Author

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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