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The Tłįchǫ Agreement

The Tłįchǫ Agreement was negotiated by the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), and the Government of Canada. It is the first combined comprehensive land claim and self-government agreement in the Northwest Territories. In 2005 the Tłįchǫ Nation ratified the Tłįchǫ Agreement, a modern Treaty with the Government of Canada. The agreement provides and defines certain rights relating to lands, resources and self-government. Some of the highlights of the agreement include:

  • Creation of the Tłįchǫ Government
  • Ownership of 39,000 km2 of land located between Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake including surface and subsurface rights.
  • The ability to define its membership know as Tłįchǫ citizens
  • Jurisdiction over lands and resources in the Tłįchǫ traditional territory.
  • The establishment of the Wek’éezhíi Land and Water Board and the Wek’éezhíi Renewable Resources Board
  • A share of mineral royalties from the Mackenzie Valley

For a copy of the agreement please refer to our publications section