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3TuesdayMarch52013DevolutiondealdaysawaypremiersaysContinuedfrompage1.AnaldevolutiondealisdaysawayaccordingtoMcLeodbutanotherroundofpublicconsultationcouldaddseveralmonthsbeforetheofcialsigningceremonytakesplace.Allgovernmentscurrentlyparticipatingindevolutionne-gotiationsincludingCanadatheGNWTandtheveAb-originalgovernmentsatthetableanticipateundertakingpublicengagementbetweentheconclusionofnegotia-tionsandapprovalofthenalagreementaccordingtothedevolutionofce.Thoughthepartieshaveyettonalizepublicengagementplansitisexpectedthatactivi-tieswillincludecommunityin-formationmeetingsdesignedtoexplainthecontentandben-etsoftheagreement.Moredetailswillbeavailableoncenegotiationshaveconcluded.Aboriginalgovernmentsthatdidnotparticipateinne-gotiationswillhavetheop-portunitytosupportandsignthenaldevolutionagreementandgetaccesstotheresourcerevenuesharingagreementwhichwilldistribute25percentofallnewly-claimedre-sourceroyaltiesacrossAb-originalgovernmentswhen-evertheyareready-evenafterthesigningceremony.DehchostillworriedThepremiermadethean-nouncementlastTuesdayintheHousefollowingapre-sentationbyDehchoMLAMichaelNadliwhoonceagainputintoquestionthebenetofadevolutionagree-menttoAboriginalgovern-mentsandinparticularhisconstituents.FirstNationsinmycon-stituencyarenotparticipatingatthedevolutiontableNadlisaid.TheDehchoFirstNationswouldliketoseemovementintheirownnegotiationstonal-izethelanduseplanfortheregionbeforedevolutiongoesahead.Aswelltheystronglybelievethat25percentofwhattheGNWTgetssharedwithallregionalAboriginalgovern-mentsisnotafairallocationofresourcerevenues.FromtheFirstNationsperspectivedevolutionsofarisnothingbutaGNWTmoneyandself-governmentgrab.MostFirstNationsdonthaveself-governmentagree-ments.Inspiteofreassurancesitshardtoseehowdevolutionwontprejudicethesenegotia-tionsheadded.McLeodsaidevenwiththetighttimelinediscussionscon-tinuewiththeoutstandingAb-originalgovernmentsonsign-ingtheAiPincludingwiththeDehchoFirstNations.IvewrittentoallthreeoftheAboriginalgovernments...IvewrittentotheDehchoFirstNa-tionacoupleofweeksago.Ac-tuallyImetwiththegrandchiefatlunchtimetodayhesaid.Weveagreedtoabilateralprocesstotrytoresolveout-standinglandissueswiththeDehchoFirstNationswiththeobjectiveofgettingtheagree-mentfortheDehchoFirstNa-tionstosignontodevolution.McLeodalsoreiteratedthegovernmentspositionthatdevolutionwillnotimpactongoingnegotiationsbetweenFirstNationsandCanada.Thosenegotiationswillcontinueandthereshouldbenonegativeimpactsonthoseprocesseshesaid.PoliticsTerritorialMLAspassmotiontofundreadinessinSahtuMotionrequeststalkswithOttawaonall-weatherroadjobtrainingIndustryOilGasByMEAGANWOHLBERGMLAspassedamotionlastweekinYellowknifecall-ingfortheterritorialgov-ernmenttoengageOttawaonfundinginitiativesandinfrastructureforpeopleintheSahturegiontoprepareforthecomingsurgeofoilandgasdevelopment.ThemotionputforthbySahtuMLANormanYake-leyaandsupportedbyall10regularMLAscalledformoregovernmentpressuretobeputonCanadatowardcon-structinganall-weatherroadfromWrigleyintotheSahtualongwithhumanresourcedevelopmentinitiatives.ThepointthatIwanttomakehereisthattheplayishappeningnow.Itsgoingon.Theactivityisthere.Thiswinterover100millionisbeingspentintheSahtu.Over350workersarework-ingonseismicdrivingcampcateringyounameittheyreworkingYakeleyasaid.WerecognizethisintheSahtuandwewanttoknowwhenisthisgovernmentthefederalgovernmentgoingtolookatitandsaytheresencourag-ingresults.YakeleyasaidCanadashouldfundtheSahtuliketheydidVoiseysBayinLabradorinrecentyearsfollowingtherapiddevelop-mentofitsminingsector.Thefederalgovernmentinvested75millionbetween2003and2006toensureAborigi-nalpopulationsinLabradorwouldbenetfromminingthroughemploymentandthemitigationofsocialproblems.Hesaidsocialproblemslikedrinkingandcrimearealreadyontheriseintheex-plorationstagesandcouldworsenoncefull-blownin-dustrialworkbeginsinthere-gion.Thoughthe1.2millionrecentlyallocatedintheter-ritorialbudgetforaddressingsocialprogramsintheSahtuisagoodstepYakeleyasaidmorewillbeneeded.ThepeopleintheSahtuwanttobewealthytheywanttobeprosperouswanttohavetheopportunitiesbutlikeeveryotherregionintheNorththeyalsowanttosavethingshesaid.Thisisthedirectionthatwewanttobeinnow...sowecanworkwiththeotherregionstogettheirpeopleready.NahendehMLAKevinMenicochewhoseridingincludesthecommunityofWrigleysaidtheall-weatherMackenzieHighwaypieceofthemotionisespeciallyimportant.Whenitcomestomyrid-ingwesawinJanuarywhentheroadwasshutdowngoingupnorthhowmuchofanim-pactthathadonthecommu-nitiesofWrigleyandFortSimpson.ItbackedupallthewaytoHayRiveraswell.SoitjustshowedmetheimpactofhowhugethatSahtushaleplayishowmuchinvestmentisgoinginthereandhowmuchindustryisimpactingourcommunitieshesaid.Wehavetopayattentiontothis.Wecannotletthisdevelopmentjustrunonitsown.Wehavetobeawarewehavetoworkwithitwehavetoworkwithourfederalcounterpartsandatthesametimewehavetomitigatetheimpactsonourcommunities.Thoughthecabinetab-stainedfromvotingonthemotionTransportationIn-dustryTourismandInvest-mentMinisterDavidRamsaysaidheappreciatedthecon-cernbroughtupbyYakeleya.HesaidtheGNWTcontin-uestoworkwiththefederalgovernmentmovingforwardandthattheMackenzieVal-leyHighwayremainsamajorpriorityforthegovernmentaddingthatthegovernmentrecentlysubmittedanap-plicationtotheMackenzieValleyEnvironmentalIm-pactReviewBoardfortheWrigleytoDempsterpor-tionofthehighway.Thisistheofcialstartoftheenvironmentalre-viewprocessandmarksanimportantmilestoneforanall-weatherroadthroughthevalleyhesaid.ThefederalgovernmentthroughCan-Norhascommitted600000ofthe8millionestimatedcostoftheenvironmentalassessmentforthesouthernportionoftheproposedhigh-way.ThecompletionoftheEAistherststeptowardsthecompletionofthehighwayandwewillcontinuetolookforopportunitiestofundthisworkincludingseekingoutadditionalfederalfunding.OverthelastdecadetheGNWTandCanadahavein-vested120milliontowardtheeventualconstructionofthehighwayRamsayadded.Henotedthattheterritorystillhastimetopreparetheregionforwhatiscomingdownthepipe.Recentdiscussionswithindustryhaveindicatedthatifdrillingoccursinatimelymannernoproductiondeci-sionscouldbemadebeforeatleastthreeyearsfromtodayandnoproductionintheSahtuwithconcurrentsustainableactivitywouldbepossiblebefore2020hesaid.TheGNWThas120daystoprovideacomprehensiveresponsetothemotion.SahtueldersgetatourofMGMEnergyCorp.scampanddrillingprojectnearTulitaonFeb.13.PhotoJeanPolfus