An imminent akaitcho agreement will bring Yellowknife closer to a major economic bump, negotiator Fred Sangris told city councillors on Monday. 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. The Akaitcho government plans to travel to Yellowknife, Lustelk`e and Fort Resolution to hold workshops and discuss the agreement with people. Last year, negotiators from Akaitcho Dene First Nations of Deninu Kue (Fort Resolution), Utsel K`e Dene dene and Dene de Yellowknives (Ndilo and Dettah) expressed hope that an agreement in principle would be reached by the end of June. Alty continued, “It will be a new relationship between the government and the government, also with respect to Yellowknife Bay, the lake and co-management agreements.” The agreement-in-principle is an important step in negotiations on land, resources and government over a large area of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories. It gives an overview of what the final agreement will be. 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. Sangris, who said his First Nation was ready to support the mining industry on its land but needed to ensure that “sensitive” areas were protected, said it expected a vote among members on the terms of the agreement in about a year. Since the early 1990s, negotiations have been held for some kind of agreement. Formal negotiations on this particular agreement began in September 2001. On July 25, 1900, Akaitcho`s leaders met with federal officials at Fort Resolution to negotiate a path to coexistence.

The verbal agreement they reached was known to Dene`s leaders as “peace and friendship.” He recognized sovereignty and gave both nations the opportunity to “live side by side until the end of time,” Sangris said. 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.