Dehcho First Nations appoint new chief negotiator for land claim process

The Dehcho First Nations have just appointed a new chief negotiator, Yellowknife lawyer Garth Wallbridge, to negotiate a land claim with the territorial government.

Yellowknife lawyer Garth Wallbridge replaces Georges Erasmus

The Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations says now is the time to get land claim negotiations going again.

The Dehcho First Nations have just appointed a new chief negotiator, Yellowknife lawyer Garth Wallbridge, to negotiate a land claim with the territorial government.

Lawyer Garth Wallbridge has been appointed as the Dehcho First Nations' chief negotiator for a land claim with the territorial government. (CBC)

"He's aboriginal; he's Metis, and he's done bits and pieces of work with just about all the First Nations in Yellowknife and probably throughout the territories," said Herb Norwegian, Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief.

"When we put the questions to him, he had good background and could draw a pretty good picture on what we thought were important."

Wallbridge replaces Georges Erasmus, who stepped down last September after talks stalled. Erasmus spent 12 years negotiating the land claim.

The Dehcho First Nations are holding public workshops about the process Feb. 9-11 in Fort Simpson.