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At this time, the Métis History Project is on hold until additional funding becomes available.

  • 1960s: Dené people said that they did not surrender their interest in traditional lands.
  • 1970s: Committee for Original People's Entitlement, Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories, Métis Association of the Northwest Territories and the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada are formed.
  • 1976: The Dené submit their self-government proposal after Métis withdraw from the joint proposal to the Government of Canada. The Dené and Métis negotiate separately for five years.
  • Early 1980s: The Dené and Métis come together to negotiate a land claim.
  • September 1993: The Sahtú Dené and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement is signed. Through the terms of the agreement, the Sahtú Dené and Métis have the right to negotiate self-government on a community-by-community basis.
  • 1995: Government of Canada introduces the Inherent Right of Self-Government Policy. It allows negotiations for self-government agreements in Canada and the Northwest Territories to begin.
  • November 1996: Déline Land Corporation submits a formal proposal to begin self-government negotiations.
  • January 1997: Negotiation of a self-government framework agreement with Deline begins.
  • October 1998 _A PSA for negotiating a self-government agreement for the community of Déline is signed. The PSA sets out topics and a schedule for self-government negotiations. The AIP is negotiated over the following five years.
  • January 2000: EMLC holds a strategic planning session in Norman Wells. Strategic objective #3 of the planning session states: "The Board must take the initiative in negotiating a self-government agreement with the federal and territorial governments."
  • August 2003: Deline, GNWT and Canada sign-off on the Deline self-government AIP. Final self-government agreement negotiations begin.
  • April 25, 2002: Tulita writes letter the Minister of INAC requesting that a self-government table be set-up. Minster agrees three months later.
  • September 2004: Tulita, GNWT and Canada sign-off on the Tulita self-government framework agreement.
  • January 2005: EMLC writes letter to the Minister of INAC requesting that a self-government table be set-up. Minister agrees three months later.
  • June 2005: Funding proposals sent into INAC in support of self-government negotiations (framework agreement).
  • August 2005: Federal government commits to funding EMLC $210,000.00 to start-up negotiations. More funds are promised if they come available. Work begins on tasks set-out in funding proposal work-plans.
  • September 7, 2005: EMLC Chief self-government negotiator and resource person meet with EMLC board in Norman Wells to plan for October start-up negotiations.
  • November 7, 2005: Start-up Framework Negotiation session in Norman Wells. Negotiators leave table with Draft 3 of a Framework Agreement.
  • December 12, 2005: Continue Framework negotiations to achieve a Negotiators Agreement-in-Principle.
  • June 2007: Self-Government Framework Agreement formally signed in Norman Wells.



We will achieve social and economic self-sufficiency for the Norman Wells participants of the Sahtú Dené and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (SDMCLCA) through strong self-governance, fair access and benefit agreements, good long term financial management and sound investment in local infrastructure.