Concluding and Implementing Land Claim and Self-Government Agreements

Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope

Negotiation Type

Self-Government Agreement

Negotiation Parties

  • Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope, as represented by the Fort Good Hope Dene Band, the Fort Good Hope Métis Nation Local #54 Land Corporation and the Yamoga Land Corporation through the K’ahsho Got’ine Self Government Secretariat
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of the Northwest Territories

Overview

Chapter 5 and Appendix “B” of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (SDMCLCA) requires government to negotiate a self-government agreement with the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope. The Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope are represented by the Fort Good Hope Dene Band, the Fort Good Hope Métis Nation Local #54 Land Corporation and the Yamoga Land Corporation through the K’ahsho Got’ine Self Government Secretariat. Negotiators for the K’ahsho Got’ine of Fort Good Hope, the GNWT and Canada signed the K’ahsho Got’ine of Fort Good Hope Self-Government Process and Schedule Agreement (PSA) in May 2016. Negotiations towards concluding Module One of the K’ahsho Got’ine Self Government Agreement are underway.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who are the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope?
The Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope are participants of the SDMCLCA.

2. Who are the parties involved in the negotiations?
The Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope are represented by the Fort Good Hope Dene Band, the Fort Good Hope Métis Nation Local #54 Land Corporation and the Yamoga Land Corporation through the K’ahsho Got’ine Self Government Secretariat, the GNWT, and the Government of Canada.

3. Why are the parties negotiating?
The parties are negotiating self-government pursuant to an obligation in Chapter 5 and Appendix ‘B’ of the SDMCLCA. The parties are also negotiating to clarify and to provide certainty as to how the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope will implement their Aboriginal right to self-government.

4. What are the negotiations about?
Self-government will provide the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Fort Good Hope with the authority to make decisions at the community level. The completed Self-Government Agreement will implement the K’ahsho Got’ine of Fort Good Hope’s inherent right to self-government by describing the structure and powers of its government. 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?
The parties have signed the Process and Schedule Agreement and are negotiating the Module One of the K’ahsho Got’ine of Fort Good Hope Self Government Agreement.