Devolution, superboard hearing in Yellowknife Jan. 27
Aboriginal groups in the Northwest Territories will soon have the chance to tell the federal government what they think of Bill C-15.
That's the bill that will enact devolution in the territory, a long-awaited change that will devolve power, and royalties, from the federal to the territorial government.
Some northerners were also surprised to see that the bill proposes to eliminate the four land and water boards and replace them with one superboard.
Bill C-15 passed second reading in the House of Commons in December, despite some objections from NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who said the bill will give the federal government more control over the territory, not less.
Before the bill's third and final vote, the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development will hold a consultation session in Yellowknife on Jan. 27.
Eight aboriginal groups have been invited to speak, including the Gwich’in Tribal Council, the North Slave Metis Alliance and the Sahtu Secretariat.
Groups like the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board, the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines and Alternatives North have also been invited.
The meeting will take place Jan. 27 at the Explorer Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.