GNWT signs Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding with the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated

Jun 25 2015

NORMAN WELLS, NT (June 25, 2015) – Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Premier Bob McLeod and Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Chair of the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated (SSI), met to sign an Intergovernmental Memorandum of Understanding in Norman Wells yesterday.

“The signing of this agreement strengthens the relationship between the Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated and the Government of the Northwest Territories, which is a priority for the 17th Assembly,” said Premier McLeod. “This agreement represents a commitment to the way we will work together as partners to achieve shared priorities that support the Sahtu.”

“The Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated is pleased to take this step towards building a stronger working relationship with the GNWT. We know that the work our governments do can only benefit from closer collaboration, and this intergovernmental agreement will benefit the people of the Sahtu and ultimately help strengthen this region,” added Ethel Blondin-Andrew, Chair of the SSI. “We look forward to our inaugural meeting under this agreement later this year.”

The Agreement formalizes the government-to-government relationship and ensures there is a mutually agreed upon process in place to discuss important topics in an established forum. The Agreement has a five year term and commits the SSI and GNWT elected leaders to meet two times a year to consider a range of topics including: capacity development, improving education, regional economic development opportunities, land and resource management, and infrastructure planning and development in the Sahtu settlement area.

The Agreement sets out the protocols for how meetings will be organized, how often leaders will meet, how officials will develop work plans together and how information will be shared with each other and publicly.

For more information:

Roya Grinsted
Cabinet Communications
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 669-2308
Email: roya_grinsted@gov.nt.ca

David Little
Executive Director
Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated
Tel: (867) 589-4719

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