Deline self-government bill approved in Senate, set to become law

Bill C-63, the final self-government agreement for the community of Deline, N.W.T., is set to become law after it passed third reading in the Senate today.

Bill just requires Royal Assent from Governor General before it becomes law

The congregation from Deline poses with several senators in Ottawa following the passing of their self-government agreement - the first of its kind in the Northwest Territories (Submitted by Pauline Roche)

Bill C-63, the Final Self-Government Agreement Act for the community of Deline, N.W.T., is set to become law after passing third reading in the Senate this afternoon.

The bill now just needs Royal Assent before it becomes law.

With the passing of the bill, Deline is set to become the first self-governed community in the Northwest Territories. Danny Gaudet, Deline's chief negotiator, previously said the community is aiming to be ready to govern by April 2016.

The new Deline government will be funded by the federal and territorial government and will deliver services such as health care, education and housing. It will also have the authority to collect income tax from people in Deline or on Settlement Lands.

After the bill passed, the delegation from Deline celebrated with a drum dance in the Senate foyer. Senator Salma Ataullahjan tweeted a video of the ceremony, briefly referencing the ongoing fallout from the auditor general's report on Senate spending.

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