Eviction notices were issued on Friday to houseboaters residing in Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) traditional territory.
Jason Snaggs, CEO of the YKDFN, says the eviction notices were the first step — if they are ignored, legal action will be pursued.
A press release says houseboaters anchoring on YKDFN territory are disregarding Aboriginal Rights protected under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.
In a previous email, Snaggs says there are three houseboats between the Ndilǫ and Dettah shoreline as well as two abandoned barges.
“These acts of unauthorized occupancy are disrespectful to YKDFN, a sovereign nation,” a press release says.
Snaggs says the YKDFN has been unable to speak in person with the people living in the houseboats.