A key feature of the Devolution Agreement is the establishment of an Intergovernmental Council to allow the public and Aboriginal governments to cooperate and collaborate on matters related to lands and resource management.
The Council provides an important new opportunity for northern leaders to cooperate on land and resource management across jurisdictions, while respecting the autonomy and authority of each government over its own lands. The Council is established by the Northwest Territories Intergovernmental Agreement on Lands and Resources Management. The goal of the Intergovernmental Council is to work together to explore ways to coordinate their respective land and resource management practices, share capacity, and avoid duplication.
The GNWT is continuing discussions with the Dehcho First Nations and the Akaitcho Territory Dene First Nations about signing onto the Devolution Agreement and becoming members of the Council.
Members of the Intergovernmental Council include:
- Government of the Northwest Territories
- Inuvialuit Regional Corporation
- Gwich’in Tribal Council
- Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated
- Northwest Territory Métis Nation
- Tłı̨chǫ Government
- Acho Dene Koe First Nation and the Fort Liard Métis Local #67
- Salt River First Nation
- Denínu Kų́ę́ First Nation
- Kátł’odeeche First Nation
The Intergovernmental Council held its inaugural meeting on September 19, 2014. The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Council was held on September 3, 2015. The Intergovernmental Council meets once a year.