The Gwich`in Agreement 1992

The Gwich`in have traditional harvesting areas that overlap with other populated rural areas, including the Inuvialuit region, the Sahtu Settlement Area, the Vuntut Gwich`in Settlement Area and the Nacho Nyak Dun Settlement Area. There is a need for overlap between harvesting and wildlife management. The Resource Management Division played a leading role in the development of these duplication agreements. The federal government is the final signatory to the land use plan and cannot approve it. The government, represented by the Minister of IAND, expressed concern about the incompatibility between the provisions of the land use plan and Canadian mining rules. In November, representatives of GLUPB and the CGV met with the Minister to discuss solutions that would allow the Confederation to approve the plan. An agreement was reached and outlined in a subsequent letter from the Minister to the GLUPB. Among the key points of this communication was Chapter 10 of the agreement requiring the Government of Canada to meet at least every three years with the GMC to verify the effectiveness of Gwich`s self-sufficiency and traditional economic strengthening programs. The joint economic measures review meeting took place in Inuvik from 21 to 23 November 2001 and marked the second such review meeting since the agreement was signed in 1992. Representatives from the GGV, the four municipalities of Gwich`in, the Sahtu secretariat of Incorporated, the Government of Canada and the GNWT attended the meeting. Seven federal departments and four GNWT divisions made presentations out of their mandates and programs to support the objectives of economic action.

Description: The Gwich`in Tribal Council (GTC) is an Aboriginal organization representing participants (beneficiaries) of the Gwich`in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1992) in the Mackenzie Delta of the Northwest Territories. The CGs are the organization mandated by the agreement to represent the beneficiaries of the measures on the implementation committee and ensure the protection of Gwich`s rights and interests, as stated in the agreement. Since its inception in 1992, the GMCs have made steady progress in establishing an integrated resource management framework in the Mackenzie Valley, as requested by the agreement. Here are some of the key measures to implement GVCs. RT – Associates was commissioned by GSCI to carry out its strategic analysis and five-year business plan. In February and March, numerous interviews were conducted with individuals and groups on the future direction of the CSM. A draft report is being prepared to verify what CSM has done since its inception in 1992, describe the work it can do if assistance is provided, and describe future staff and building needs. During 2001-2002, CIMPWG also faced several challenges. The municipalities of Gwich`in have not been consulted since 1999 and a community tour will be required. The Sahtu have also expressed disagreements with the process and other Aboriginal governments within the NWT are still considering participating in the program. All of these issues will require solutions in the next fiscal year.

CONSIDERING that, on 22 April 1992, Her Majesty, Queen of Canadian Law, and the Gwich`in, represented by the Gwich in Tribal Council, entered into a comprehensive foelaire claim agreement which establishes, in exchange for the release of certain rights and rights by the Gwich`in, certain rights and rights that Gwich`in must have, and confirms the G`ive`s contractual rights that are not affected by that release; The government`s economic activities within the GSA are structured to preserve and strengthen the traditional economy and to work towards the economic self-sufficiency of the gwich`in.