Tłįchǫ Government and GNWT hold first Intergovernmental Meeting of the 18th Assembly

YELLOWKNIFE (April 26, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod, Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus and Members of the Executive Councils of the Tłįchǫ Government and the 18th Legislative Assembly met together April 21 as agreed to in ‘Working Together – the Tłįchǫ Government/Government of the Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding’(Working Together).

This is the first intergovernmental meeting between the two governments since the start of the 18th Legislative Assembly. The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Tłįchǫ Government are committed to developing collaborative approaches to issues facing Tłįchǫ Citizens and fostering a strong government-to-government relationship.

Premier McLeod and Grand Chief Erasmus both agreed that the bilateral meetings provide an opportunity for both governments to work together to achieve greater understanding and develop solutions to issues that their governments face.

The meeting focused on areas of mutual interest, including:

  • The GNWT provided an update on its fiscal situation
  • The Tłįchǫ Government advised of their position on the Transboundary Water Management Intergovernmental Agreement
  • Discussion occurred on the Tłįchǫ All-Season Road
  • The importance of language and culture was discussed, and how this ties into Early Childhood Development
  • The Economic Measures Review as required in Chapter 26 of the Tłįchǫ Agreement was discussed
  • The GNWT committed to provide  ongoing funding for the adequate operation of both phases of the Jimmy Erasmus Senior Home
  • The Tlicho Government and GNWT discussed the benefits of establishing a Joint Working Group on Housing
  • A collaborative approach to communications on caribou management was discussed
  • The GNWT provided updates on Federal/Provincial/Territorial Meetings which included Climate Change, Aboriginal Affairs Working Group and Violence against women and girls
  • The GNWT Affirmative Action Statistics and Hiring Practices were also discussed

Working Together recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship between the Tłįchǫ Government and the GNWT. This was the sixth meeting between the two governments since it was initially signed in June 2012. It commits both governments to meet twice per year.

For more information:

Andrew Livingstone
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Department of the Executive                                                                                          
Government of the Northwest Territories
Box 1320 Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9                                                                                            
Tel: (867) 767-9140 ext. 11091                                                                                         
Cell: (867) 447-0443                                                                                                                   
Fax: (867) 873-0169                                                                                                                
Email: andrew_livingstone@gov.nt.ca                                                                          
Web: www.gov.nt.ca

Zabey Nevitt
Sr. Advisor, Sustainability and Resource Management
Tłįchǫ Government
Tel: (867)766-4003
Cell: (867) 445-9959
Email: zabeynevitt@tlicho.com
Web: www.tlicho.ca