May 19, 2021 — Fort Smith, Northwest Territories — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
The Government of Canada, the Northwest Territory Métis Nation and the Government of the Northwest Territories have signed a framework agreement that will further advance reconciliation, the right to self-determination, work toward building strong Indigenous nations, and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation (NWTMN) land claim negotiations.
Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations of Canada, alongside Garry Bailey, President of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Arthur Beck, Acting President of the Fort Resolution Métis Government, Trevor Beck, President of the Hay River Métis Government Council, Allan Heron, President of the Fort Smith Métis Council, and the Honourable Caroline Cochrane, Premier of the Northwest Territories, signed a framework agreement that will pave the way to their vision of self-determination—a prosperous, self-sufficient, healthy, unified and self-governing Northwest Territory Métis Nation.
The Self-Government Framework Agreement will guide negotiations toward a final self-government agreement as part of the NWTMN land claim negotiation process. It outlines the process for self-government negotiations, including governance of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation entities, legal status and capacity of Métis governments, administration of lands, Métis government finances, law-making authority, implementation plans, and elections for Métis government. It also supports the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories remain committed to renewing the nation-to-nation, government-to-government relationships with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation based on the affirmation of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
Additional information can be found by clicking this link.