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Oct 06, 2022
Grand chief says exclusion from decision-making group is ‘ludicrous’
Dehcho First Nations wants to be part of the N.W.T.’s intergovernmental council.
Herb Norwegian, the grand chief of the Dehcho First Nations (DFN), told Premier Caroline Cochrane during a meeting in Yellowknife on Wednesday that excluding DFN from the council feels like punishment for not signing a devolution agreement with the territory.
“We need to be there and be part of that kind of discussion,” he told CBC News.
Signing the territory’s devolution agreement is, at least so far, a prerequisite for being on the intergovernmental council. According to the council’s website, it’s a “key feature” of the devolution agreement and allows the public and Indigenous governments to collaborate on land and resource management.
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