What is now 20 years of negotiations between First Nations, the federal government and the territorial government seemed close to a breakthrough last summer when negotiators said they expected them to reach that agreement within a year, which I hope paved the way for a final agreement. “Once the agreement in principle is established, a final agreement is the next step. The final agreement will provide security for Akaitcho Dene First Nations as well as Yellowknife residents and business owners, who often seek land for business opportunities for the future development of the city,” city hall employees wrote. The Akaitcho process is expected to produce an agreement in principle at any time that will accelerate the unlocking of Yellowknife`s bound surfaces for years. Since the early 1990s, negotiations have been held for some kind of agreement. Formal negotiations on this particular agreement began in September 2001. So he went back to the negotiating table. In 2000, Akaitcho`s leaders signed a framework agreement with the then Federal Minister of Indigenous Affairs and then Prime Minister N.W.T. Stephen Kakfwi.
The City of Yellowknife added last week that a step forward was imminent by creating a website listing the benefits residents will experience as a result of an agreement reached. The negotiations, which have been ongoing for nearly 20 years, are expected to reach an agreement in principle in the near future to settle land rights of more than 62,000 square kilometres in much of the eastern half of the Northwest Territories and parts of northern Alberta and Nunavut. The purpose of the removal of the land is to protect land of interest to Akaitcho from sale, lease or other transfers during ongoing negotiations. This means that it is not possible to create new interests in the withdrawn countries until an akaitcho agreement is reached. It also ensures that all existing interests on these lands are protected during the withdrawal period. Although the withdrawn areas are not final, as shown on the map, and may change as part of the negotiation process, the current use of the land could change as soon as a final agreement is reached. On 28 June 2001, an interim agreement on measures was signed, providing for a pre-screening procedure allowing the ADFN to review applications for licences, permits and land permits. An interim protocol for withdrawal from the country was concluded in November 2005. On November 2, 2006, GNWT and ADFN agreed on the interim acquisition of 1,034 hectares of land in the City of Yellowknife. On November 21, 2007, Canada and the ADFN agreed on the provisional acquisition of 62,000 square kilometres of federal crown (now territory) within the traditional territory of the AdFN. Four land, resource and autonomy agreements are being negotiated in the Northwest Territories, as well as six autonomous self-government agreements and two communities working on cross-border agreements.