Sahtu Land Claim Agreement
The Sahtu Dene and The Metis of Tulita are also negotiating their own self-management agreement. As the municipalities of Norman Wells and Tulita are both located in the Tulita/Norman Wells district of the Sahtu Settlement Area, they have set up an “administrative line” together to delineate the geographical scope of their autonomy and the provision of social programs and services. From Northern Frontier Northern Homeland: The Report of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, revised edition (Toronto: Douglas and McIntyre, 1977, 1988). 14-29. According to the Sahtu Land Claim Agreement, the Sahtu Dene and Metis are entitled to 41,437 square kilometres of agglomeration, of which 1,838 square kilometres contain rights to underground resources. These lands owned by Sahtu are privately owned in a single and not reserves under the Indian Act. The communal lands are a country of titles within the boundaries of the commune without any basic title. The claim of the earth is our struggle to survive as a nation and decide our own future. The Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement signed in September 1993 by Pauline Browes, then Canada`s Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, the Chiefs of the Sahtu First Nations and the Presidents of the Métis Councils, which marked the resolution of Sahtu Dene and Metis` claims to Sahtu territory in the Territories of Northwest Canada. The land acquisition contract came into effect on June 23, 1994.  This agreement is a treaty protected by Section 35 of the Constitution of Canada.
The Métis Nation of British Columbia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government last year – the first step toward a self-management agreement. However, to maintain the environmental impact of a pipeline at an acceptable level, construction and operation should only be done with rigorous planning and regulation. The corridor should be based on a comprehensive plan that takes into account the many land use conflicts that still occur today in the region…. 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. The Secretariat of Sahtu Incorporated (SSI) is the coordinating body of the seven companies of the Land and the main interlocutor of federal and territorial governments in the fields of education, health, environment and economic development. The ISS also holds rural funds in the confidence of rural societies and facilitates business-specific decisions at the regional level. Land law also provides for the negotiation of self-management agreements with federal and territorial governments. Deline was the first Sahtu municipality to enter into negotiations and an agreement was signed on 23 August 2003. The agreement in principle is not legally binding; it is a basis for negotiating a final agreement.
CBC has not yet seen the text of the agreement in principle because it will negotiate. At the time of Berger`s investigation, George Barnaby of Fort Good Hope was elected a member of the territorial council that represented the Mackenzie/Grand Bear area. He resigned during his tenure and was elected vice-president of the Indian Brotherhood of the NWT (now Dene Nation). He became a strong supporter of the general land agreement. In 2014, the municipality of Deline was the first autonomous administration. Deline took more than a decade of agreement in principle to reach a final agreement.