The agreement provides for the recognition of 41,437 km2 of land in the Mackenzie River Valley. These include underground or mineral rights on 1,813 km2 of land. Norman Wells signed his framework agreement in 2007. Self-management agreements are covered by the 1993 Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim agreement, which paved the way for the continuation of self-management agreements in sahtu municipalities such as Deline, Norman Wells, Colville Lake, Fort Good Hope and Tulita. The agreement set a timetable for these negotiations, under which both sides would make “the best efforts” to sign an agreement in principle within four years. Legislation on the approval, effect and validity of an agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Canadian law and dene of Colville Lake, Déline, Fort Good Hope and Fort Norman and the Metis of Fort Good Hope, Fort Norman and Norman Wells, represented by the Sahtu Tribal Council, and amending another Act Our mandate is defined in the Sahté Dene and Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (1993). As we learn more about our mandate, we will refer to the general objectives of land claim in Section 1, as well as Chapter 13 on wildlife harvesting and management, which we readily refer to as “our chapter.” Other Métis groups in Canada have signed regional agreements that provide a degree of local autonomy, such as the Métis Nation of Alberta, recognized by the province in 1989 for eight local Métis governments. The agreement gives the Sahté Dene and Metis title to 41,437 square kilometres of land in the Northwest Territories, a territory slightly larger than Vancouver Island. On 1,813 square kilometers of this land are included underground rights. CONSIDERING that the agreement provides that the agreement is an agreement on fundamental rights within the meaning of Section 35 of the Constitution Act 1982 and that Parliament`s approval is a precondition for the validity of the agreement; This agreement codified that the Sahtu Dene and Métis were responsible for more than 40,000 square kilometres of land in the Mackenzie River Valley. The territory is rich in natural resources and there are constant proposals to develop different sites.

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