What Is The Akaitcho Process?
The Dene living in the area under negotiation entered into Treaty 8 with the Crown on July 25, 1900 at Deninu Kue. The Dene and the Crown do not have a shared understanding of the terms of that treaty and are working to resolve outstanding land, resource and governance issues through negotiations.
There are three (3) parties negotiating: The Akaitcho Dene First Nations (Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Lutsel K'e Dene First Nation, Deninu Kue First Nation), the Government of Canada (the Crown) and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
The objective of negotiations is to come to an agreement that will clarify ownership and rights to lands and resources in the region and how they will be managed. It will also describe the structure, operation, legal status and extent of the Akaitcho government and will include measures to enhance the capacity of the Akaitcho to participate fully in the economy.
In July 2000, the three parties signed a Framework Agreement that established the process, subjects and timetable for the negotiations.
In August 2006, the three parties signed an Interim Land Withdrawal Agreement that identified and protected certain areas while an Akaitcho Agreement was being negotiated.
The next step is to continue working towards signing an Agreement-in-Principle (AIP), which will lay out the principles for an agreement between the parties on land, resources and governance.