Devolution Negotiations

Signing of the Agreement in Principle  - January 26, 2011. From left to right: Mark Salvor - Devolution Negotiator; Hugh Richardson - Executive Director, Office of Devolution; Martin Goldney - Legal Counsel; Dr. Hal Gerein - Chief Negotiator; The Honorable Floyd Roland - Premier. Missing from photo: Tara Naugler - Assistant Negotiator; James Fulford - Legal Counsel.Having responsibility for public land, water and resource management moved closer to home has been a goal for the Northwest Territories (NWT) for more than thirty years.There have been several attempts at negotiating an agreement, including a draft Northern Accord in the 1980s.

The most recent round of devolution talks was initiated at the first NWT Intergovernmental Forum in May 2000, when federal, territorial and Aboriginal government leaders identified the transfer or ‘devolution’ of land and resource management as a priority.

All agreed that transferring these responsibilities from the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) would promote the self-sufficiency and prosperity of the NWT and reduce its reliance on federal funding.


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