Kátł’odeeche First Nation signs NWT Devolution Agreement

Mar 17 2015

YELLOWKNIFE (March 17, 2015) – The Kátł’odeeche First Nation (KFN) has become party to the Northwest Territories Devolution Agreement. KFN Chief Roy Fabian joined Premier Bob McLeod and Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, for a signing ceremony at the Legislative Assembly’s Great Hall yesterday.

“The Kátł’odeeche Fırst Natıon has decided to enter into the Devolution Agreement as it does not affect our Treaty or Aboriginal rights, allows us to better negotiate an ongoing relationship with the Government of the Northwest Territories on land and resource management matters, provides us with an equitable share of resource royalty revenues, and ensures our direct participation in the Intergovernmental Council on Land and Resource Management,” said Chief Fabian.  “As an independent First Nation government, we want to be at the table when matters affecting our traditional lands are being discussed.”  

“I am very pleased to have the Kátł’odeeche First Nation join as a party to the agreement,” said Premier McLeod.  “I welcome the leadership demonstrated by the KFN and Chief Fabian in recognizing the benefits devolution will bring to their members and all NWT residents and taking this step with us today.”

“On behalf of our Government, I wish to welcome the Kátlodééche First Nation to the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement,” said Parliamentary Secretary Strahl. “Devolution underlines our Government’s commitment, as set out in Canada’s Northern Strategy, to work with Northern and Aboriginal partners to build a strong and prosperous North. We look forward to working with the Kátlodééche Nation, the eight other First Nation signatories to the agreement, and the Government of the Northwest Territories, to continue to encourage responsible, sustainable investment in the Northwest Territories that will benefit communities today and for generations to come.”

With this announcement, the KFN has joined the Acho Dene Koe and Fort Liard Métis Local #67, the Deninu K’ue First Nation, the Salt River First Nation, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, NWT Métis Nation, Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated, Gwich’in Tribal Council and Tłįchǫ Government as parties to devolution along with the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories.

Media inquiries:

Roya Grinsted
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2308
Email: roya_grinsted@gov.nt.ca

Chief Roy Fabian
Kátł’odeeche First Nation
Tel: 867-874-6701

Emily Hillstrom
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Tel: 819-997-0002