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Tłı̨chǫ History & Agreement

Tłı̨chǫ History & Agreement

Tłı̨chǫ History & Agreement

The Tłı̨chǫ Agreement was negotiated by the Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT), and the Government of Canada. It is the first combined comprehensive land claim and self-government agreement in the Northwest Territories. In 2005 the Tłı̨chǫ Nation ratified the Tłı̨chǫ Agreement with the Government of Canada. The agreement provides and defines certain rights relating to lands, resources and self-government.  Some of the highlights of the agreement include:

  • Creation of the Tłı̨chǫ Government

  • Ownership of 39,000 km of land located between Great Slave Lake and Great Bear Lake including surface and subsurface rights

  • The ability to define its membership know as Tłı̨chǫ citizens

  • Jurisdiction over lands and resources in the Tłı̨chǫ traditional territory

  • The establishment of the Wek’éezhíi Land and Water Board and the Wek’éezhíi Renewable Resources Board

  • A share of mineral royalties from the Mackenzie Valley

For a copy of the agreement please refer to


Tłı̨chǫ Dictionary

For translations in the Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib) language please check out A Dogrib Dictionary