Concluding and Implementing Land and Resources and Self-Government Agreements

Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene (formerly Manitoba Denesuline)

Negotiation Type

Transboundary Agreement

Negotiation Parties

  • Ghotelnene K'odtineh Dene (formerly Manitoba Denesuline)
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)

Interim Measures Agreement Area


Negotiations with the Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene (formerly Manitoba Denesuline) are a result of the 1993 Samuel/Thorassie court case in Manitoba. These legal actions were in response to the then forthcoming Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. The Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene (GKD) had concerns with the Nunavut Agreement regarding overlaps with their asserted harvesting rights north of the 60th parallel. In 1999, the Government of Canada, the GKD, and Athabasca Denesuline agreed to suspend their legal action while the parties worked to reach a settlement through negotiations. The GNWT, as a defendant in this legal action, began participating in these negotiations.

Transboundary negotiations among the GKD, the GNWT and Canada are proceeding towards completing a draft final agreement. The NWT portion of the agreement will be centered on GKD harvesting rights in the NWT and the identification of a small amount of settlement lands in the southeast corner of the NWT. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are the Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene?
The Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene are a Dene people of Chipewyan ancestry living in Northern Manitoba in the communities of Lac Brochet and Tadoule Lake. They are represented by the Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene composed of the Sayisi Dene First Nation and the Northlands Dene First Nation.

2. Who are the parties involved in the negotiations?
The parties involved in negotiations are the Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene (composed of the Northlands Dene First Nation and Sayisi Dene First Nation), the Government of Canada and the GNWT.

3. Why are the parties negotiating?
These negotiations stemmed from the 1993 Samuel/Thorassie court case in Manitoba. The parties are negotiating Final Agreements to clarify and to provide certainty with respect to Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene land and harvesting rights in the NWT.

4. What are the negotiations about?
These negotiations centre on Denesuline harvesting rights north of the 60th parallel. The Ghotelnene K’odtineh Dene assert harvesting rights in the south-eastern corner of the NWT.

5. What stage are the negotiations at? What is the next step in the negotiation process?
The Parties are pursuing discussions that would result in a Final Agreement.