YELLOWKNIFE (December 12, 2013) – Members of Cabinet of the 17th Legislative Assembly and the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) Board of Directors met at the Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife and signed a Memorandum of Intent on Capacity Building. The agreement commits the GTC and Government of the
Northwest Territories (GNWT) to develop terms of reference to provide GNWT internship and secondment opportunities for Gwich’in.
“The Gwich’in are working hard to negotiate a strong self-government agreement with Canada and GNWT. Today’s agreement represents a real opportunity for Gwich’in to gain valuable professional opportunities in preparation for our self-government,” said President Robert A. Alexie.The two governments discussed a range of other topics, including addictions treatment programming in the Beaufort Delta, collaboration on Arctic Council initiatives and on environmental issues like hydraulic fracturing and the recent Athabasca River coal mine spill.
Minister of Human Resources Tom Beaulieu added, “this is an exciting step for the Gwich’in and the GNWT as we explore ways to work together to build capacity in Gwich’in communities.”
“The bilateral meetings and collaboration taking place between our two governments is producing some very positive results,” said Minister R.C. McLeod. “The Gwich’in leadership has been very proactive over the past year, with a real emphasis on positive change for Northerners in the Beaufort Delta. Our government is working hard in support of this positive change.”
This was the third meeting of the Gwich’in Tribal Council and the GNWT since they signed an intergovernmental agreement on October 13, 2012. The Umbrella Intergovernmental Agreement Regarding Intergovernmental Cooperation and Coordination recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship between the Gwich’in Tribal Council and the GNWT. It commits both governments to meet twice per year.
For more information:
Government of the Northwest Territories
Fred E. Koe
Chief Operating Officer
Gwich’in Tribal Council