Tlicho Government

Head of Government: Grand Chief Eddie Erasmus

Description: The Tlicho 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.

Through the Tlicho Agreement, the Tlicho gained additional tools and resources to strengthen their economy, and a greater ability to protect and promote Tlicho culture, language, heritage, lands and resources. Under the Agreement’s self-government provisions, the Tlicho acquired new governance arrangements and powers. They will be able to make decisions in many subject areas directly related to the well being of Tlicho communities and culture.

The Tlicho Agreement states that the Tlicho Government will be responsible for matters related to their membership, culture, language and communities. The Tlicho Government will also be able to design and manage programs through agreements with the territorial and federal governments that respect and promote the Tlicho way of life. The Agreement also guarantees Tlicho representation in new Tlicho community public governments to ensure their interests and culture are reflected.

Land Claim Agreement Title: Tlicho Land Claims and Self Government Agreement

Parties to the Agreement: Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, Government of the Northwest Territories and Government of Canada

Key Dates: August 25, 2003 – Agreement signed
August 4, 2005 – Effective Date

Brief description of the region covered by claim: Central Mackenzie Valley

Total Land Area: 39,000 km²

# of Tlicho Citizens:   4,000

First Nations within the Land Claims Areas: Tlicho

Languages Spoken: Tlicho