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Akaitcho Interim Measures Agreement 2001
|Date: ||28 June 2001|
|Sub Category:||Interim Measures Agreement (Canada) | Comprehensive Land Claims Agreement (Canada)|
|Location:||Lutsel K'e, Northwest Territories, Canada|
|Subject Matter:||Economic Development | Education | Health and Community Services | Land Management | Mining and Minerals | Self Government | Recognition of Traditional Rights and Interests|
|Summary Information: |
|The Akaitcho Interim Measures Agreement (the Akaitcho IMA) was signed in Lutsel K'e by the Akaitcho Territory Dene First Nations (Akaitcho DFN), the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada on 28 June 2001. The interim measures are temporary arrangements 'intended to afford a measure of protection to Aboriginal interests' while an agreement is in the process of being negotiated. The Akaitcho IMA is intended to result in the establishment of a pre-screening process where the Akaitcho DFN will review applications for a range of licenses, permits and dispositions of lands.|
|Detailed Information: |
|The Interim Measures Agreement recognises that 'certain lands within Akaitcho DFN asserted territory are of environmental, cultural, economic and spiritual importance to the Akaitcho DFN.' It acknowledges the Parties' recognition that 'appropriate interim measures are necessary in order to advance negotiations.' The IMA recognises the following principles which include:|
That the Akaitcho DFN have their own internal processes for determining land and water use;
That the Akaitcho DFN agree to establish a process for the pre-screening of applications as per the schedules in the IMA; and
The manner in which the pre-screening process is to work.
The IMA also sets out the activities covered by the IMA and the Parties responsible for them. Other issues include the requirement to explore the possibility for negotiations for the purpose of concluding an agreement regarding economic measures in the interim of the Akaitcho Agreement, and the development of processes and schedules to address common issues with other Aboriginal groups. The IMA does not create binding legal relations but 'serves as a bridge' to the Akaitcho Agreement.
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