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MLAsvoteyestodevolution17-1DehchoMLAonlymembertoopposedealwithOttawaNorthSlaveMtistakefedstocourtagainPresidentBillEngewantsafederalcourttodecidewhetherornottheNorthSlaveMtisareadistinctrights-bearingAboriginalgroup.Seepage2.MixedmartialartsclubstartsupinHayRiverMartialartsenthusiastsinHayRiverwillhavetheopportu-nitytolearnvariouscombattechniqueswithanewclubformingintown.Seepage23.SaltMountainScorchedSmithwasonhighalertlastweekwitharagingre30kmaway.Seepage11.SlaveRiverDaycele-bratesmonitoringeffortsPartnershipsbetweenscien-tistsandcommunitymemberswerecelebratedonSaturdayinFortSmithwithSlaveRiverDay.Seepage12-13.SahtustudyhuntsforcariboufamilytreesScientistsaremonitoringthegeneowofcariboupopu-lationsintheSahtutoseeifroadsandindustryareim-pactingherds.Seepage9.Visitwww.norj.caAnationalawardwinningindependentnewspaperservingNorthernAlbertaandtheNorthwestTerritoriessince19771.00June112013Vol.37No.06ByMEAGANWOHLBERGDehchoMLAMichaelNadlistoodalonelastWednesdayaf-ternoonasthesolemembertovoteagainstthedevolutiondealintheLegislativeAssemblycit-inghisconstituentsconcernsoverunnishedlandclaimsintheDehchoregion.AsaleaderIhavemajorconcernsregardingthelackofmovementofboththeGNWTandfederalgovernmentontheprogressofnegotiationsoftheDehchoProcesshetoldtheHouse.ThefederalgovernmentandtheGNWTmustsupporttheconclusionoflandclaimsandself-governmentnegotiationswiththeDehcho...Thefunda-mentalissueislandquantumthesizeofhowmuchlandbothlevelsofgovernmentwillallowtheDehchotoown.Dehcholeadershavestatedthattheini-tialofferisinadequate.moveforwardwiththere-gionsingoodfaithandbuildthetrustthathasbeenlaidbeforehesaid.ItsnosecretthattheDe-hchohaveconcernsaboutde-volution.Theleadershipdoesnotwantanythingindevolu-tiontonegativelyimpacttheDehchoprocessforresolvingtheAboriginaltitleandself-governmentissues.AsMLAforNahendehandasaDenepersonmyselfIsharetheseprioritiestoohesaid.Buthesaidhelearnedalessonfrom1985whentheDehchorejectedadealwithwhatisnowEnbridgeforpartownershipofthepipelinethatrunsthroughtheregion.Con-sequentlythecommunitieshavemissedouton30mil-lioninrevenueovertheyearshesaid.ItseemsnowiftheDe-hchoFirstNationsaysnothecommunitieswillnothaveac-cesstothatadditionalrevenuetobuildtheircommunities.SoIminabitofaquandaryrightnowMr.Speaker.ThatswhyIstanduphereandsaywere-allyhavetoconsiderthis.FormyselfasMLArepresentingmyconstituentsIdonotwantustoloseoutagainhesaid.ThoughNadlicasttheonlynayvotethoseinfa-vourdidnotletthemotiongobyunscrutinizedwithmanycriticizingpiecesofthedevolutionagreementtheremainingfederalcon-trolovertheregulatorysys-temtheconsultationprocessandthefailuretobringthedealtothepublictovoteinaplebiscite.SeeManyMLAsonpage3.ThefederalgovernmentandtheGNWTmustsupporttheconclusionoflandclaimsandself-governmentnegotiationswiththeDehcho.DehchoMLAMichaelNadliNadlisaid12yearsistoolongforalanduseplanningprocesstoremainunnished.Wecannotplanforever.Istronglyencouragethepre-mierandcabinetalongwiththefederalgovernmenttoDespitevoicingsimilarcon-cernsfellowmemberfromtheDehchoNahendehMLAKevinMenicochevotedinfavourofthedevolutiondealoutoffearhisconstituentswillmissoutontheeventualbenets.Tykeboysgetreadytotakeoffinthe400mraceatlastweeksNWTTrackFieldChampionshipsinHayRiver.Theannualmeetthelargestsportingeventintheterritorysawstudentsofallagesfrom28schoolscomeoutandlaceup.Seepage22formore.PhotoKirstenBradley