Feds nix NWT environmental ‘superboard’

Grand Chief George Mackenzie stands with other Tlicho chiefs last week on Parliament Hill
(photo courtesy of Tlicho Government)

The Tlicho Leadership is praising the Trudeau Liberals  legislation tabled last week that will undo previous changes to the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act.

Grand Chief George MacKenzie says previous changes from the Harper Conservatives would have disbanded the Wek’èezhi`i Land and Water Board and replaced it with a central Mackenzie Valley-wide “superboard”.

The Liberals have followed through on a campaign promiset to the Tlicho to undo the Harper-era changes, which were halted in 2015 after the Tlicho Government successfully obtained a court injunction.

“The federal Liberals have taken an important step to protect and support our Tłı̨chǫ Agreement through the introduction of this legislation. This preserves a meaningful voice for the Tłı̨chǫ in the co-management decision-making process for development, as intended by our modern treaty. We thank the Minister and his department for their support on this fundamental issue,” said Mackenzie in a press release last Friday.

Grand Chief George Mackenzie says the federal Liberals have taken an important step to protect and support the Tlicho Agreement through the introduction of this legislation.

MacKenzie adds that this preserves a meaningful voice for the Tlicho Nation in the co-management , as intended in their modern day treaty.

“This establishes and builds upon a recognized, and respected regulatory system that helps create the certainty that the north needs right now to encourage economic growth,” said NWT MP Michael McLeod.

The Tlicho Government says it continues to support economic prosperity for its communities and citizens through their land use plan which is being called, “Tłı̨chǫ Wenek’e.”


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