Colville Lake wants N.W.T. out of self-government negotiation – CBC

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Colville Lake wants N.W.T. out of self-government negotiation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 202083 Views

Chief Wilbert Kochon says government has failed to honour UNDRIP rights in ‘unproductive’ talks

Feb 13, 2020

The N.W.T. is “standing in the way” of meaningful progress on Indigenous self-government, according to a strongly-worded letter from Behdzi Ahda First Nation.

As a result, the First Nation is pursuing an agreement with Canada — with or without the territorial government at the table.

Wilbert Kochon, chief of Colville Lake’s Behdzi Ahda First Nation, and David Codzi, president of the related Ayoni Keh Land Corporation, sent the letter to Premier Caroline Cochrane last month.

The letter, tabled by MLA Rylund Johnson in the Legislative Assembly on Feb. 7, replies to a request for recommendations on how to implement the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

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