Prosperous future ahead for the Délı̨nę First Nation
OTTAWA, March 16, 2015 /CNW/ - The community of Délı̨nę [Day-lee-nay] is the first community in the Northwest Territories with its own Aboriginal self-government agreement. The Agreement was celebrated today by the members of the Délı̨nę community, Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Leonard Kenny, Chief of the Délı̨nę First Nation, Gina Dolphus, President of the Délı̨nę Land Corporation, and the Honourable Bob McLeod, Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations for the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
After implementing legislation is passed, the Final Self-Government Agreement will create a new government, the Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę Government, and bring together the authorities, programs and services of the Charter Community Government, the Délı̨nę Land Corporation, the Délįnę Financial Corporation, and the Délı̨nę First Nation Band.
This will allow the self-government arrangements of the Agreement to meet the unique needs of Délı̨ne, give the Sahtu Dene and Metis of Délı̨nę more control over the decisions that affect their day-to-day lives and cover responsibilities in the areas of culture, language, education, social services, program delivery, governing structures, Délı̨nę First Nation citizenship, elections, and local government services.
- Délįnę First Nations Citizens ratified the Agreement in a ratification vote with 64.5% of all eligible voters approving the Délı̨ne Final Self-Government Agreement, well above the 50% + 1 threshold required to ratify the Agreement.
- The signing of the Final Agreement enables the federal government and the Government of the Northwest Territories to prepare and introduce legislation to bring the treaty into force.
"Settlement of self-government negotiations is a northern priority and our Government is committed to providing Canadian families with prosperous and strong communities, such as the Délįnę First Nation. All Canadians, including Aboriginal peoples, can count on our Government to stay focused on what matters; jobs, growth and economic prosperity."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"This is a day all beneficiaries of the Délı̨nę Final Self-Government Agreement will remember, and I am proud to share this accomplishment with all of you. Self-government is an important tool that will help Délįnę First Nation create a more positive and stable environment for investment and growth, and give the community greater control over their future."
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"This agreement is an important tool for charting our future, and working for the good of all of our people. It provides a foundation for a more effective working relationship with the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories. "
Chief Leonard Kenny
Délı̨nę First Nation
"Our negotiating team worked very hard over the course of eighteen years to reach this agreement with Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories. In March 2014, 85% of Délįnę beneficiaries who cast ballots voted yes to this agreement, giving it an overall approval rate of 65%. This agreement was guided by the vision of our Elders and is a legacy for our children and grandchildren for generations to come."
President of the Délı̨nę Land Corporation
"Congratulations to the Sahtu Dene and Métis of Délı̨nę. This agreement is the culmination of many years of hard work for the people of Délı̨nę and is the first community-based self-government agreement in the Northwest Territories to be negotiated in a region that has an existing land claim agreement. The GNWT is committed to working with the Délı̨nę Got'ı̨nę Government to implement this historic agreement."
Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations for the Government of the Northwest Territories
SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information: Contacts, Emily Hillstron, Press Secretary, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 819-953-1160; Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, Implementation Director, Déli?ne? First Nation and Déli?ne? Land Corporation, 867-444-0030; Roya Grinsted, Media relations, Government of the Northwest Territories, 867-669-2308