Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita
The Yamoria Community Secretariat
Government of Canada
Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT)
Chapter 5 and Appendix “B” of the Sahtu Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (SDMCLCA) requires government to negotiate a self-government agreement with the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita. The Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita are represented at the negotiations by the Tulita Yamoria Community Secretariat (TYCS). (The TYCS is comprised of the Fort Norman Metis Land Corporation, the Tulita Land Corporation and the Tulita Dene Band.)
The Parties signed a Self-Government Framework Agreement in September 2004. The Parties initialed the Tulita Self-government Agreement-in-Principle for the Sahtu Dene and Metis in May 2017. Final agreement negotiations will commence once the Agreement-in-Principle is signed by the Parties.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who are the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita?
The Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita are beneficiaries of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement.
2. Who are the parties involved in the negotiations?
The Tulita Yamoria Community Secretariat, representing the interests of the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita, the GNWT and the Government of Canada.
3. Why are the parties negotiating?
The parties are negotiating a self-government agreement pursuant to an obligation in the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement. The parties are also negotiating to clarify and to provide certainty as to how the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Tulita will implement their Aboriginal right to self-government.
4. What are the negotiations about?
Chapter 5 of the SDMCLCA states that the objectives of self-government agreements shall be to describe the nature, character and extent of self-government, and the relationship between government and Sahtu institutions and to accommodate self-government within the framework of public government.
5. What stage are the negotiations at? What are the next steps in the negotiations process?
Negotiators for the Parties initialed the Agreement-in-Principle in May 2017. Tulita is currently undergoing internal consultations on the Agreement-in-Principle. Once the Agreement-in-Principle has been approved and signed by the Parties, Final Agreement negotiations will commence.