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Self-Government

After more than 20 years of negotiations, Inuvialuit self-government is closer to becoming a reality than it has ever been before.

Negotiations for self-government began in 1996, when Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) and Gwich’in Tribal Council began negotiating for a joint self-government agreement. However, a final agreement was never reached.

Today, under the direction of IRC, Inuvialuit are negotiating self-government with the federal and territorial governments. In 2006, negotiations first began. An agreement-in-principle was reached in 2015. The parties have now begun the negotiation of a final self-government agreement, financial agreements and an implementation plan.


Learn more about Self-Government History

Learn more about the Agreement-In-Principle

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