Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake are sharing $1 million in resource royalties with other Sahtu communities.
The communities' lands corporation presented the cheque to the Sahtu Secretariat on Thursday.
The president of the K'asho Got'ine District Lands Corporation says resource-rich communities need to share their profits with the rest of the region.
But Edwin Erutse says this is the first time a revenue-sharing agreement between Sahtu communities has been followed.
"To my knowledge, yes, we're the first community that's stepped up to the plate to make the first move," said Erutse.
Ethel Blondin-Andrew is chair of the Sahtu Secretariat
She said "Fort Good Hope took a bold and very brave step and showed how we can get things done and how we can work together."
Blondin-Andrew says the sharing should have started a long time ago, but there were problems with the master land agreement.
She says it got to the point were communities were thinking of going to court, but then Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake stepped up to the plate.
Most of the million comes from previous oil and gas activity in his area.
Development is ramping up again, west of Tulita.
Under the agreement the money will be distributed to other land corporations in the region, according to population.
Erutse says it's supposed to be done every year.
And now that his communities have taken the first step, he's expecting there will be more sharing in the future.