Intergovernmental Meeting between the Sahtu Secretariat Inc. and the Government of the Northwest Territories
Cabinet Members of the 18th Legislative Assembly and Premier Bob McLeod met with the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated Chairperson Charles McNeely, presidents of the Sahtu Land Corporations, and the Sahtu Dene Council Chiefs in Norman Wells, NT on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
This was the sixth meeting of the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated (SSI) and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) since they signed the Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding in June 2015.
The meeting focused on areas of mutual interest, including:
- Boreal Caribou Range Planning Framework and Work Plan
- Economic Development in the Sahtu – Opportunities for Partnership
- Economic Development Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
- Mackenzie Valley Highway Environmental Assessment Process MOU
- Pathways to Employment for Sahtu Beneficiaries
- GNWT Positions in the Sahtu
- Regional Employment Programs
- Support for Entrepreneurs and Economic Development (SEED)
- Internship Pilot Program
At the meeting, the GNWT and SSI signed an MOU outlining their cooperation and partnership on the advancement of the Mackenzie Valley Highway through the environmental assessment and regulatory processes.
The GNWT and SSI committed to working cooperatively to develop the boreal caribou range plan framework to protect critical habitat as required under the NWT and federal Species at Risk Acts, while providing clarity for developers and opportunities for economic development. The GNWT and SSI will engage with Sahtu organizations and community members to ensure there is a common understanding of the need for and content of the boreal caribou range plans and the role of the Framework in guiding the development of those plans. A well-supported Framework can ensure a healthy and sustainable boreal caribou population that offers harvesting opportunities now and into the future.
SSI and the GNWT committed to finalizing and signing an Economic Development MOU that reflects the objectives of Chapter 12 of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement in the near future. Efforts between the GNWT and SSI to encourage and support economic development in Sahtu Region will benefit residents and businesses and will provide a sustainable economic base that will allow residents to grow and prosper in their home region.
The GNWT and SSI also committed to explore GNWT training, education, employment and capacity building programs with a view to supporting employment for Sahtu beneficiaries.
- Strengthening relationships with Indigenous 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.
For more information, contact:
Government of the Northwest Territories
867- 767-9168, ext. 15015
Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated