Deline, N.W.T. has said yes to self-government, as community members voted in favour of the territory's first community-based self-government agreement.

Of the 696 people eligible to vote, 449 people, or 64 per cent, voted in favour of the agreement. A total of 527 eligible members participated in the vote.

The community celebrated the victory Wednesday with a feast at the local arena.

N.W.T. Premier Bob McLeod said Wednesday in the legislature that if there were a yes vote then the final agreement could be signed by this summer.

It will then be up to the new Deline Gotine Government to decide when it can begin to take on its powers over items such as health care, justice and adoption‚Äč.