Dene and Métis in Norman Wells, N.W.T., moved closer to the Final Agreement on Self-Management after signing an agreement in principle on Wednesday – so they are the first Métis representative group in Canada to reach this milestone. 1. Tulita states that the actual beneficiaries of the Tulita Land Corporation, Fort Norman Metis Land Corporation and Ernie McDonald Land Corporation and the states are warrants that stated that the actual beneficiaries have agreed that Tulita enter into this agreement. “This agreement is in principle an important step,” McLeod told a crowd in the Royal Canadian Legion in the community on Wednesday. “Today`s milestone and achievement is something that should be celebrated by all northern Europeans.” Self-management agreements are covered by the 1993 Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim agreement, which paved the way for the continuation of self-management agreements in sahtu municipalities such as Deline, Norman Wells, Colville Lake, Fort Good Hope and Tulita. The agreement in principle is not legally binding; it is a basis for negotiating a final agreement. CBC has not yet seen the text of the agreement in principle because it will negotiate. Land law also provides for the negotiation of self-management agreements with federal and territorial governments. Deline was the first Sahtu municipality to enter into negotiations and an agreement was signed on 23 August 2003. Other Métis groups in Canada have signed regional agreements that provide a degree of local autonomy, such as the Métis Nation of Alberta, recognized by the province in 1989 for eight local Métis governments. The federal government has recognized unfilled contracts throughout the NWT and has established land negotiation mechanisms.
The first transaction was concluded in 1984 with The Inuvialuit. The Dene and Métis came together and made only one denendeh claim. This assertion was agreed in principle in 1988. However, the agreement failed on a number of issues. The communities of Gwich`in withdrew from the process, and soon the Sahtu communities followed. The Gwich`in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement was signed in 1991. The Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement was concluded in 1993. The federal government, signed in 1944, granted Imperial Oil the exclusive right to drill and produce oil and natural gas for three consecutive years. This agreement is applicable until 2008. The Canadian government has agreed to negotiate community agreements with the five Sahtu municipalities of Colville Lake, Fort Good Hope, Tulita, Deline and Norman Wells. The agreement gives the Sahté Dene and Metis title to 41,437 square kilometres of land in the Northwest Territories, a territory slightly larger than Vancouver Island. On 1,813 square kilometers of this land are included underground rights.
Sahtu Secretariat Inc (SSI) is the coordination centre for seven rural companies. It serves as a contract point for all government agencies and ministries on topics such as education, health, the environment and economic development. The Secretariat is responsible for ensuring the implementation of programmes and services under the Land Rights Agreement for the good of the Sahté people. At the time of Berger`s investigation, George Barnaby of Fort Good Hope was elected a member of the territorial council that represented the Mackenzie/Grand Bear area. He resigned during his tenure and was elected vice-president of the Indian Brotherhood of the NWT (now Dene Nation). He became a strong supporter of the general land agreement. The ISS is also involved in the implementation of the agreement by appointing board members to implement and managing the capital payment through the Sahtu Trust.