Self Government

​​​​​​Frequently Asked Questions - Intergovernmental/Self Government


  1. Who works in the Intergovernmental Relations Department? Staff in the department are, David Reid – Director, Diane Baxter – Associate Director, Eleanor Jerome – Manager, Regional Capacity and Coordination and Meeka Blake – Admin Service Officer.


  1. What is the Intergovernmental Relations Department Responsible for? The Department oversees the Implementation of the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, facilitates and assists with Self-Government negotiations, including consultations on the Draft Agreement-in-Principle. As well, the department coordinates and facilitates meetings between the Gwich’in Tribal Council and all levels of government from Territorial to Federal.


  1. What supports does the Intergovernmental Relations department give to the Designated Gwich’in Organizations (DGO’s)? Eleanor Jerome, Manager, Regional Capacity and Coordination works closely with the DGO’s and provides assistance and support where needed particularly in the area of communication with other DGO’s. Also, in updating job descriptions, by-laws and policies, administration of the GHAP program and updates with the GTC and areas of finance.


  1. What has the Department of Intergovernmental Relations been doing lately? For the past six plus months the main focus of the department has been on consultations with Gwich’in Participants on Self-government agreement-in-principle. This has resulted in meetings with participants in the communities, providing information to participants who contact the office directly and providing information for the GTC Web site. As well, staff in the department recently concluded arranging for the Gwich’in past leaders meeting held in Inuvik December 13-14th, 2016.


  1. How do I get information on the draft Gwich’in self-government Agreement? You can email or call (867) 777-7900 (main) or toll-free at 1-866-414-4670 and you will be directed appropriately. You can also drop by our offices in Inuvik at the Jim Koe building. Please watch for notices of when we will be visiting your community. However, keep in mind that within the next month, copies of the draft AiP and other relevant documents will be mailed to Participants that are 18 years of age and over.