The purpose of this workshop was to provide NWT Indigenous negotiators, and officials involved in Treaty implementation, with an opportunity to share stories and experiences as a way to learn from each other and understand common issues, and provide an opportunity for networking among negotiators and implementers working in NWT Indigenous Governments. The main topics/questions discussed over the course of the workshop were: 

  • Communicating complicated legal information to members.
  • Examples of breakthroughs in negotiations and why they happened.
  • Ratifying Agreements.
  • Preparing for implementation of self government agreements.
  • Preparing our youth and building capacity to ensure the spirit and intent of the treaties is passed on. 
  • Financing self governments.

Most of the participants were Chief Negotiators, their team members, implementers, advisors, and leaders. The workshop also brought together youth from the Sahtu and students from the Indigenous Governance Program at Yukon College.   

Lianne Charlie, instructor at Yukon College, gave a talk on preparing our youth to negotiate and implement treaties.  Lianne made a life-sized hot pink bull moose covered in the Yukon's Umbrella Final Agreement to interact with modern treaties and young people.  The number of parallels and metaphors that could be drawn between the making of the pink bull moose and the Umbrella Final Agreement are endless.