First intergovernmental meeting between SSI and GNWT

Communiqué

YELLOWKNIFE (September 25, 2015) – Premier Bob McLeod and Members of Cabinet of the 17th Legislative Assembly met yesterday with Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated Chairperson Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Chiefs and leaders of the Sahtu Land Corporations. 

The meeting between the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated (SSI) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) was an opportunity for two governments to strengthen their working relationship and discuss issues collaboratively.  During the meeting the parties agreed to undertake the following work:

  • Commits to meeting with Deline leadership within the next two weeks to discuss how to bring palliative care beds into the community
  • Commits to work together and continue discussions regarding the MVH project
  • The Fort Good Hope Chief and Council will provide the GNWT with a proposal to build the Jack Fish Lake access road
  • The GNWT commits to working with the community of Fort Good Hope regarding concerns with the community’s water treatment plant
  • The GNWT committed to providing SSI with the existing technical reports for extending the airport in Deline
  • Continue discussions and collaborations on caribou matters
  • The GNWT commits to keeping SSI informed of the status of the Canyon Creek proposal under the Building Canada Fund
  • The GNWT committed to continue to press Canada on the remediation of Dodo Canyon and explore the possibility of extending clean-up programs
  • And to work collaboratively on the issue of Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women and Girls.

The meeting also focused on areas of mutual interest, including:

  • Aboriginal Children in Care
  • Health Care Reform
  • Canyon Creek Road
  • Blue Fish Creek Road
  • Hydro Project Road
  • Winter Road

This was the inaugural meeting of the SSI and the GNWT since they signed the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding on June 24, 2015.  The Agreement recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship between the SSI and the GNWT and ensures there is a mutually agreed upon process in place to discuss important topics in an established forum. The Agreement is for a five year term and commits the SSI and GNWT elected leaders to meet two times a year to consider a range of topics including: capacity development, improving education, regional economic development opportunities, land and resource management, and infrastructure planning and development in the Sahtu settlement area.

Media inquiries:

Andrew Livingstone
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Government of the Northwest Territories
NEW NUMBER: (867) 767-9000 ext. 11091
Email: andrew_livingstone@gov.nt.ca

Dave Little
Executive Director
Sahtu Secretariat Inc.
Tel: (867) 589-4719
Email: SSI_EXEC_Director@gov.deline.ca