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Deal struck to give Northwest Territories more self-governance

CBC NewsEye on the Arctic

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a final deal for Canada's Northwest Territories (N.W.T.) on Monday. The announcement was made in the territorial legislature in N.W.T.'s capital city of Yellowknife.

"Negotiators have reached a consensus on the terms of a final devolution agreement," Harper said.

Harper applauded the territorial government under Premier Bob McLeod. He also made a note that the final agreement will not be signed just yet.

"Before this agreement is signed, our government will do its part to consult with all impacted aboriginal groups," he said.

Lastly, Harper said, "It is time for the people of the Northwest Territories to take control of their destiny."

Harper was joined by N.W.T. Premier McLeod, federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who also serves as the minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and is the chair of the Arctic Council and a group of leaders from aboriginal governments which have signed on to the devolution agreement-in-principle.

This story is posted on Alaska Dispatch as part of Eye on the Arctic, a collaborative partnership between public and private circumpolar media organizations.