Premier announces senior management appointment

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YELLOWKNIFE (April 22, 2013) – Premier Bob McLeod has announced Martin Goldney as the Deputy Minister for the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations. This appointment will be effective as of 5pm on June 1.

Mr. Goldney is a lifelong northerner and a lawyer with extensive experience in Aboriginal and constitutional law.  Mr. Goldney joined the Department of Justice in 2000, where he provided legal support to a number of self-government and land claims negotiations. He has been an important part of the GNWT’s devolution team since 2002, serving as legal counsel, executive director, and most recently as chief negotiator, where he helped finalize the draft devolution agreement.

“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Goldney to his new position,” said Premier McLeod. “With the successful end of devolution negotiations, he is well-positioned to further the GNWT’s commitment to renewed and improved relationships with Aboriginal governments and to strengthened relationships with the federal government. His work will include promoting a common governance vision for the NWT with the federal government; furthering positive relationships with Aboriginal leadership to ensure Aboriginal interests are fully considered in GNWT policy development and program delivery; advancing negotiations with Aboriginal governments to successfully conclude outstanding land, resources and self-government agreements and ensuring that all GNWT obligations within treaties and Aboriginal rights agreements are met.”

For more information, contact:

Brenda Norris
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2302