Negotiations and Agreements

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is committed to negotiating land, resource and self-government agreements in the Northwest Territories. AANDC supports the implementation of existing land, resource and self-government agreements, as well as the on-going political development of the Northwest Territories. AANDC also plays an important role on a range of other intergovernmental matters.

What is AANDC doing to conclude agreements with Aboriginal groups and the Government of the Northwest Territories and to move the political development of the territory forward?

Through negotiation, AANDC is working to settle outstanding land, resource and self-government claims, and to support the establishment of self-governing communities and regions in the Northwest Territories. The Department also supports governance capacity-building initiatives with its Aboriginal partners, advises on the political, social and economic development of the NWT, and provides administrative support for political development processes, including devolution negotiations.


On August 25, 2003, representatives of the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Canada signed the Tlicho Agreement. The Tlicho Agreement is the first combined land claim and self-government agreement of its kind in the Northwest Territories. The Agreement creates the largest single block of First Nation-owned land in Canada, and provides new systems of self-government for the Tlicho people. Through this agreement, the Tlicho now have the tools and law-making powers to protect and promote their culture and way of life. They are also able to make decisions related to the economic growth and the overall well-being of their communities.

What Information is Available?

In this section you will find information on current land, resource and self-government negotiations in the Northwest Territories, as well as existing agreements and how they are being implemented.

As well, take a look at the NWT PlainTalk: On Land and Self-Government and Plain Facts on Land and Self Government publications for more information on the various NWT land and governance negotiation processes and milestones.

MAP - NWT Land Information Related to Aboriginal Groups, a reference tool intended to help representatives from governments, Aboriginal organizations, industry, regulatory bodies, as well as any other interested parties, understand Aboriginal rights and related interests in the NWT. It includes the boundaries and delineations of settled comprehensive claims; ongoing land, resource and self-government negotiations; assertions by Aboriginal groups; and parks and protected areas.