Sahtu Settlement Area
Proposed Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve
The Sahtu Dene and Métis CLCA came into effect on June 23, 1994. The agreement recognizes Sahtu Dene and Métis ownership of 41,437 km2 of land and allows for negotiation of self-government agreements on a community by community basis with the five Sahtu communities. These self-government negotiations are now under way.
In April 2008, the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with designated Sahtú organizations (land corporations) established under the land claim agreement representing the Dene and Métis of the Tulita District. This is a critical step towards the creation of the Nááts’ihch’oh National Park Reserve, because it launched the negotiations towards an Impact and Benefit Plan, required under the Dene and Métis Comprehensive Agreement.
The Government of Canada provided the land corporations with a contribution agreement of $500,000 over two years to assist them in negotiating the Impact and Benefit Plan that will lead to the establishment of the national park reserve. In addition, 7,600 km2 of wilderness were temporarily protected through an interim land withdrawal while the Impact and Benefit Plan is being negotiated.
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