The Tåîchô Implementation Committee is pleased to present its first progress report on the implementation of the Tåîchô Land Claim and Self-Government Agreement.
The Implementation Committee is made up of representatives from the Tåîchô Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada (See Appendix I for a list of Committee members). The role of the Implementation Committee is to oversee, monitor, and provide direction on the implementation of the Tåîchô Agreement.
This report sets out achievements and developments from the effective date of the Agreement, August 4, 2005, through to March 31, 2009.
The Tåîchô Land Claims and Self-Government Agreement was signed on August 25 2003, exactly 82 years after Treaty 11 was signed by Chief Monfwi in 1921. The Agreement was signed by representatives of the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the Government of Canada. The Tåîchô Agreement is the first combined land claim and self-government agreement in the Northwest Territories.
This Northwest Territories Bill gave government approval to the original Tåîchô Agreement, signed in August 2003. This is the land claims and self government agreement among the Tåîchô, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories. The bill also approves the Tåîchô Tax Treatment Agreement.
This Northwest Territories Bill established the community governments of Behchokö, Whatí, Gamétñ and Wekweétí, and describes their boundaries. This Act covers the composition and role of the community council, eligibility to vote, the duties of the chief, and it details the powers of these municipalities.
The GNWT passed the Tåîchô Community Services Agency Act in 2005. This Act establishes the TCSA to perform functions related to the delivery of education, health and social services in Tåîchô communities and on Tåîchô lands. The Act addresses the establishment and organization of the Agency, its powers, duties and functions as well as issues relating to financial matters, inspection, administration and dissolution.
This Agreement between Canada, the Northwest Territories and the Tåîchô created the Tåîchô Community Services Agency, successor to the Dogrib Community Services Board. The Agency provides Education, Health and Social Services to the people of the Tåîchô, and is controlled by the Tåîchô. The inclusion of culture and language in the operation of these services is also covered. Services include those normally supplied by the Government of the Northwest Territories, as well as certain services provided by the Government of Canada, and education, health and social services developed by the Tåîchô government.
This Government of Canada Act received Royal Assent February 15, 2005. This is the legislation approving the first comprehensive land claim and self government agreement in the Northwest Territories and the second such agreement in Canada. The agreement created the Tåîchô Government, which owns 39,000 square kilometers of land, including subsurface resources. The Tåîchô also receive approximately $152 million over 14 years, and a share of resource royalties from development in the Mackenzie Valley.
The Constitution protects the rights of Tåîchô Citizens, including protecting Tåîchô Citizens from any wrongful actions of the Tåîchô Government. The Constitution sets out the structure of the Tåîchô Government. It describes the main roles and responsibilities of officials, and it sets the rules for elections. The Constitution also provides the rules for the Annual Gathering. The Constitution makes the Tåîchô Government (including the companies and boards it sets up) accountable for its decisions about money and for managing Tåîchô resources properly.
The Financing Agreement provides the money to run the Tåîchô Government. It also includes money for one-time costs like building facilities, buying computers and preparing new laws. . Every five years, the Financing Agreement will be reviewed to make sure activities are funded properly. In the future, if the Tåîchô Government earns enough money from its own revenue sources, it will reduce the amount needed to be transferred under the Financing Agreement. In this way, the Tåîchô Government will gradually become self-sufficient.
The implementation plan is an agreement among the Tåîchô Government, Canada and the GNWT to make sure all the promises and commitments made in the Tåîchô Agreement are kept.
Signed by Chief Monfwi on August 22, 1921.
This Annual Report summarizes the activities of the Tåîchô Government in its first year of operation from Effective Date, on August 4th, 2005 to the Annual Gathering, August 4th, 2006. This report was created by Plainspeak C.A. for the Tåîchô Government.