October 31, 1978

The Government of Canada (Canada) and the Committee for Original Peoples’ Entitlement (COPE), on behalf of the Inuvialuit, reach a land claim Agreement-in-Principle which included provisions on land, economic benefits, and wildlife resource management for Inuvialuit.

June 5, 1984

Canada and COPE officially sign the Western Arctic Land Claims Agreement – Inuvialuit Final Agreement, which also provides for Inuvialuit interests to be taken into account if public government institutions in the Western Arctic Region are restructured.


Gwich’in Tribal Council and Inuvialuit Regional Corporation develop and submit a joint proposal to Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories for self-government negotiations.


Canada approves the Inherent Right of Self-Government Policy.


The Gwich’in Tribal Council, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories agree and approve a Process and Schedule Agreement to negotiate a joint Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Self-Government Agreement.

April 16, 2003

Gwich’in and Inuvialuit Self-Government Agreement-in-Principle is signed by all parties.

March 4, 2005

The Gwich’in Tribal Council seeks separate self-government negotiations. Canada and the terrirorial government accept the Gwich’in request and separate self-government negotiations are opened with both groups.

May 4, 2007

Inuvialuit Process and Schedule Agreement is signed by Canada, the territorial government and the Inuvialuit, setting up the negotiations for the parties.

May 2007 – November 2013

The Parties negotiate a comprehensive Agreement-in-Principle.

June 10, 2014

The Chief Negotiators initial the legal text of the Inuvialuit Self-Government Agreement-in-Principle.

July 21, 2015

The Parties sign the Inuvialuit Self-Government Agreement-in-Principle and begin negotiation of the final Inuvialuit Self-Government Agreement.