Premier's Opening Remarks - Akaitcho Territory Dene First Nations and GNWT sign of Memorandum of Understanding

May 23, 2013
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

(May 23, 2013) - I am very pleased to be here today for our first Akaitcho Dene First Nation – Government of the Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Meeting.

These meetings are very important for allowing us to make progress on a wide range of issues of importance to the people we represent, and I thank you all for being here today.

Today’s meeting will mark a significant event between our two governments, with the signing of this intergovernmental cooperation MOU.

I look forward to productive discussions between our governments now that we are moving forward with this intergovernmental approach.

Our government is committed to a new way of doing business and making real progress on the issues that are important to Aboriginal governments and communities.

This is reflected in our public statement of “Respect, Recognition, Responsibility” which represents our government’s new approach to engaging with Aboriginal governments.

Formalizing our relationship through regular government-to-government meetings and the signing of our intergovernmental cooperation MOU are a key part of our new approach to building partnerships with Aboriginal governments, in a spirit of respect, recognition and responsibility.