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Athabasca Denesuline Agreement

First Nation Lake Fund Chief Louis Mercredi asked Bennett to reverse his decision and begin the deal, adding that it was strange that leaders today have to negotiate land that their ancestors had used for thousands of years. When the treaties were signed, there were no defined boundaries for the territories or the 60th parallel. Now that they exist, it makes this agreement complex, as many jurisdictions are involved. Chief Detah Ed Sangris of Yellowknives Dene First Nation says those concerns were conveyed to the federal government, a step that blocked a focal claims agreement for 19 years in manufacturing. „The responsibility has to go back to Canada to develop these things with Indigenous groups,“ he said. „We have done everything we can to consult our final agreement.“ The Athabasca Denesųłiné said Bennett informed it in mid-June that it would not get an agreement and that it had unilaterally suspended negotiations. Three northern First Nations say they are ready to go to court if necessary to protect their rights to traditional territory that has cross-border land rights. Robillard said the draft agreement has been coming and going since 2016 between the Athabasca and N.W.T. indigenous groups.“ expressed some concerns, but they were very low,“ he said.

„We have amended the text of our agreement to take this into account. And we sent him back. It came and went like that. In an earlier article, paNOW was informed that the failure of the talks was linked to concerns of Indigenous groups in the Northwest Territories about the terms of the draft agreement and the impact on their communities and rights. Tsannie said there had been active communication with these communities and so he didn`t understand what the problems were. Last week`s meeting follows a protest demonstration that took place on June 18 in Ottawa by members of Black Lake, Hatchet Lake and Fond du Lac Dene Nations, as well as the Ghotelnene K`odtineh Dene (Northlands Denesuline and Sayisi Dene First Nations), all of whom thought they were close to concluding the fonal claims agreements at the time. Tsannie said any decision or direction would come from the mediation discussions, and he added that he hoped to bring all parties who have expressed concerns to the table. Robillard actually says that the Crown is simply hiding „behind the consultations as an excuse not to initiate the agreement.“ Negotiations are almost complete and the agreement is expected to be initialled in the new year. Athabasca Denesuline and Ghotelnene K`odtineh Dene were about to initial a final agreement in Yellowknife earlier this month, when the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett suddenly unplugged. „If we reach a final agreement, the next step will be to have the ratification process during which our members will vote on that final agreement. It`s either a yes or a no and we`re aiming for a 50+1 (vote),“ Robillard said. „That`s why we really need to work hard to reach out to all the communities, to make sure they understand what this statement is all about.“ After consultation with nine Aboriginal groups, the territorial government and Crown Attorney Thomas Isaac released a report with a series of recommendations.

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