The Tłı̨chǫ Agreement was negotiated by the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). It is the first combined comprehensive land claim and self-government agreement in the Northwest Territories.
The Tłı̨chǫ Agreement is part of the Canadian Constitution, the highest law in the country.
In 2005, the Tłı̨chǫ Nation ratified the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement. The agreement provides and defines certain rights relating to lands, resources and self-government.
Highlights of the Agreement include:
- Creation of the Tłı̨chǫ Government
- Ownership of 39,000 km2 of land located between Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake including surface and subsurface rights
- The ability to define its membership known as Tłı̨chǫ citizens
- Jurisdiction over lands and resources in the Tłı̨chǫ traditional territory
- Establishment of the Wek’èezhìı Land and Water Board and the Wek’èezhìı Renewable Resources Board
- A share of mineral royalties from the Mackenzie Valley