HAY RIVER (April 26, 2016) – Premier Bob McLeod and Members of the Executive Council of the 18th Legislative Assembly met with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) on Friday, April 22nd in Hay River.
One of the priorities of the 18th Legislative Assembly is collaborating and fostering strong government-to-government relationships with Aboriginal Governments. This is the first meeting between the two governments since the start of the 18th Assembly and builds on the spirit of respect, recognition and responsibility.
Premier Bob McLeod and President Garry Bailey agree that bilateral meetings continue to strengthen the government-to-government relationship as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding.
The meeting focused on areas of mutual interest, including:
- The GNWT provided an update on the Fiscal situation
- Discussion occurred on Federal/Provincial/Territorial Meetings which included Climate Change, the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group and Violence against women and girls
- Economic development issues in the NWTMN area was discussed along with market disruption concerns
- The GNWT and NWTMN had discussions regarding the Taltson Dam
- The issue of Cabin Taxation was discussed
- An update was provided on the Skills 4 Success Framework
- Health Care issues was discussed by the GNWT and NWTMN; this included concerns about youth mental health and elders’ medical travel
- Discussion also occurred on negotiation issues such as generalized interest and early land transfer
- Housing concerns of the membership of the NWTMN was discussed
- And finally the GNWT Affirmative Action Statistics and the Regional Recruitment Program was discussed
This was the fourth meeting of the and the GNWT since they signed an intergovernmental agreement on November 28, 2012.
For more information:
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
NWT Metis Nation