Territorial government ministers met with the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC) board of directors in Inuvik last week, their fourth meeting since the two parties signed an intergovernmental agreement in October 2012.
Moving forward from the memorandum of understanding signed at their last meeting in December 2013, the GNWT and GTC signed the terms of reference for the Capacity Building Framework at the meeting on Apr. 8.
The agreement commits the two parties to working together on designing and implementing a framework to enhance socio-economic capacity for the Gwich’in, including increased opportunities for internships, transfer assignments, secondments and other developmental tools to build capacity and enhance understanding between the two governments.
The meeting also included discussions on shared areas of interest, including ferry services at the Tsiigehtchic crossing, contracting opportunities in the Gwich’in Settlement Area and development of Gwich’in parks.
The intergovernmental agreement between the GNWT and GTC commits the two groups to meeting twice per year.