Community-based Self-Government Process and Schedule Agreement Negotiations
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is involved in discussions with the Behdzi Ahda First Nation of Colville Lake, and with the Government of Canada.
The parties are currently negotiating a Process and Schedule Agreement. Upon completion of the Process and Schedule Agreement, the parties will begin the negotiations of a Self-government Agreement-in-Principle.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Colville Lake?
- The Sahtu Dene and Métis of Colville Lake are beneficiaries of the Sahtu Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement.
2. Who are the parties involved in the negotiations?
- The Behdzi Ahda First Nation, representing the interests of the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Colville Lake, the GNWT and the Government of Canada.
3. Why are the parties negotiating?
- The parties are negotiating self-government pursuant to an obligation in the Sahtu Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. The parties are also negotiating to clarify and to provide certainty as to how the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Colville Lake will implement their Aboriginal right to self-government.
4. What stage are the negotiations at?
- The Parties are negotiating a Process and Schedule Agreement, which will guide self-government negotiations.
5. What are the next steps in the negotiation process?
- Once the text of the Process and Schedule Agreement has been finalized, the parties will circulate the draft Process and Schedule Agreement through their internal review process to decide whether to approve and sign it. If the Process and Schedule Agreement is approved, the parties will begin the negotiation of an Agreement-in-Principle.