Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı
Sahtú Renewable Resources Board

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Summary: The Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement (SDMCLCA) was intended to recognize the self determination of Sahtu Dene and Metis and support the Dehlá Got’ı̨ne to exercise their authorities to protect wildlife directly through the Colville Lake RRC and through co-management arrangements with other governments and institutions.

This Dehlá Got’ı̨ne ʔədǝ Plan is developed to protect Dehlá Got’ı̨ne ʔədə by following Dehlá Got’ı̨ne ʔeʔá. The SDMCLCA and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples support the need for Indigenous knowledge, customs and practices to achieve conservation. In 2016, the Sahtu Renewable Resources Board (SRRB) held a hearing on Bluenose East (BNE) ʔədǝ, and adopted a community conservation planning approach as the best option for achieving conservation outcomes in the Sahtu region. This approach was accepted by the GNWT Minister in February 2017.

The Dehlá Got’ı̨ne have developed this ʔədǝ Plan to build on the objectives set out in ourʔədə Declaration:

1. We are the Dehlá Got’ı̨ne. Dehlá Got’ı̨ne were placed on Dehlá Got’ı̨ne traditional territory by Newehsı̨ne. We have governed Dehlá Got’ı̨ne land for centuries, since time immemorial.

2. The ʔədə were placed on Dehlá Got’ı̨ne traditional territory by Newehsı̨ne. Newehsı̨ne gave us the gift of the ʔədə for us to take.

3. It is the Dehlá Got’ı̨ne responsibility to take care of the ʔədə and it is the responsibility of the ʔədə to take care of us.4. We carry the history of Dehlá Got’ı̨ne grandfathers and grandmothers who carried the history of their grandfathers and grandmothers over an immense expanse of time and space.

5. Dehlá Got’ı̨ne ancestors taught the Dehlá Got’ı̨ne how to maintain our relationship with the ʔədə so that the ʔədə will take care of Dehlá Got’ı̨ne through all Dehlá Got’ı̨ne hardships.

6. If Dehlá Got’ı̨ne abandon Dehlá Got’ı̨ne responsibilities with the ʔədə, then Dehlá Got’ı̨ne will lose the gift of the ʔədə.

7. The ʔədə are the Dehlá Got’ı̨ne connection to Dehlá Got’ı̨ne land and Dehlá Got’ı̨ne are part of the natural cycle of the ʔədə.

8. Dehlá Got’ı̨ne ʔədə are to be respected according to Dehlá Got’ı̨ne ʔeʔá.