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NWT First Nations to develop traditional knowledge legal systems – Cabin Radio

by ahnationtalk on May 20, 2021226 Views

May 20, 2021

The Yellowknives Dene and Behdzi Adha First Nations have received funding through the federal Justice Partnership and Innovation Program to build in-house legal systems.

The federal Department of Justice on Monday announced $9.5 million in total funding spread over 21 projects across Canada. The department didn’t provide funding information for specific projects.

The two NWT First Nations to receive funding will both use the money to record oral knowledge and codify, or systematically organize, the recordings into their own traditional legal system.

“It all starts with the Elders,” said Behdzi Adha First Nation Chief Wilbert Kochon. “We’ve never documented stuff like this before. It’s all oral history engraved into us and now we’re going to document it.”

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