On June 8, 2012, the Honourable Bob McLeod, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, tabled “Respect, Recognition, Responsibility: The Government of the Northwest Territories’ Approach to Engaging with Aboriginal Governments” in the Legislative Assembly. This document represents the GNWT’s commitment to a set of principles and key actions aimed at renewing and improving relationships with Aboriginal governments, in support of the 17th Legislative Assembly’s priority of strengthening relationships with Aboriginal governments as outlined in Believing in Our People and Building on the Strengths of Northerners.
“Respect, Recognition, Responsibility” is the foundation of the GNWT’s new approach to working together with Aboriginal governments in the NWT, and was developed based on discussion with Aboriginal governments and community leaders about some of the successes and areas where improvements can be made to strengthen our government-to-government relationship. “Respect, Recognition, Responsibility” affirms that the GNWT will:
Links to “Respect, Recognition, Responsibility” in all NWT official languages can be found below:
continue to recognize and respect the constitutionally protected rights and treaty rights of Aboriginal peoples, as well as existing Aboriginal rights agreements;
be open, flexible and responsive in working with the diverse governance structures of regional Aboriginal governments and understanding the unique interests and challenges of each region and community; and
will make every effort to share information and knowledge, help build capacity, enhance our government’s participation at Annual General Assemblies and other important events, and establish regular formal meetings with each Aboriginal government in the NWT.