News Release - February 28, 2013 - Yellowknife, NT
Premier Bob McLeod and Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus announced today that the Tłı̨chǫ Government will become a party to the Devolution Agreement-in-Principle.“Devolution will create benefits for all the people of the Northwest Territories, I’m very pleased that the Tłı̨chǫ Government will be joining us in signing the final agreement,” said Premier McLeod. “Gaining northern control over our public lands and resources has been a long-held objective for the people of the Northwest Territories. With Devolution in place, the people of the Northwest Territories will be able to make the decisions about how to protect our environment and manage and develop public lands according to Northern priorities and principles.”
Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus said "the decision to sign the Agreement in Principle is ours, and ours alone. This decision was made after careful work and consideration by our government. We want to ensure that the implementation of the Devolution Final Agreement respects the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement. We are looking forward to working with all the parties to the agreement."
With today’s announcement, the Tłı̨chǫ Government joins the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, NWT Metis Nation, Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and Gwich’in Tribal Council as parties to devolution along with the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories.
The Tłı̨chǫ Government will formally sign the Devolution Agreement-in-Principle at a signing ceremony in Behchokö on March 8, 2013.
For more information:
Office of the Premier/Cabinet
Government of the Northwest Territories
Marjorie Matheson Maund