YELLOWKNIFE (November 18, 2016) – Cabinet Members of the 18th Legislative Assembly and Premier Bob McLeod met with the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated Chairperson Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Sahtu Dene Council Chiefs, leaders of the Sahtu Land Corporations and Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę Government in Yellowknife the afternoon of November 16.
This was the third meeting of the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated (SSI) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) since they signed the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding on June 24, 2015.
Premier McLeod and Chairperson Ethel Blondin-Andrew have concluded that the bilateral Intergovernmental process has been very successful. The relationship building that occurs at these meetings enhances the collaborative and working processes between the two governments and allows them to focus on creating positive impacts for the Sahtu Region.
The meeting focused on areas of mutual interest, including:
- A Contracting Memorandum of Understanding for the SSI region.
- The Regional Recruitment Program.
- The significant discovery declaration in the Sahtu Region.
- The closure reclamation plans for Imperial Oil in Norman Wells.
- Housing concerns in the Sahtu.
- Barren-ground and Boreal Caribou Management and an agreement to continue these discussions.
- Land Use Planning and Interim Land Withdrawals.
- Community Water Stewardship and that the SSI will appoint a representative to the Aboriginal Steering Committee.
- Education items such as a Norman Wells day care, the revision of the Aboriginal Languages Framework and Action plan, and the amalgamation of the Official Languages Board and the Aboriginal Languages Revitalization Board.
The GNWT also provided the SSI an update on the following matters:
- The Health and Social Services System Transformation in the Northwest Territories.
- The Doi T’oh Territorial Park and Canol Heritage Trail.
- The Mackenzie Valley Highway and the Canyon Creek Project.
- Federal/Provincial/Territorial Meetings that have occurred recently.
- Strengthening relationships with Aboriginal governments is a priority of the 18th Legislative Assembly.
- The Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the importance of the government-to-government relationship between the SSI and the GNWT.
- The agreement commits both governments to meet at least twice per year.
For more information, contact:
Senior Cabinet Communications Advisor
Government of the Northwest Territories
867-767-9140 ext. 11091
Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated