Signed in 2008, the Acho Dene Koe Framework Agreement was the first step taken towards negotiating a modern treaty for Acho Dene Koe First Nation. The Framework Agreement recognized Acho Dene Koe land and government claims in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Yukon.
Under the Framework Agreement, Acho Dene Koe is expected to receive 6,474 sq. kilometers of treaty Settlement Lands. Acho Dene Koe will hold title to both the surface and sub-surface of these lands, once selected.
The Framework Agreement also offered Acho Dene Koe a cash settlement and resource royalty sharing. All these elements and more were made part of the Acho Dene Koe Agreement-in-Principle.
In February 2014 Premier Bob McLeod, Acho Dene Koe First Nation Chief Harry Deneron, Fort Liard Métis Local 67 President Ernie McLeod and Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Bernard Valcourt approved and signed the Agreement-in-Principle.
Moving forward, the parties are working towards concluding a Final Agreement. Once complete, the Final Agreement will give certainty to Acho Dene Koe land title, financial payments, harvesting rights, public community government and other issues.
After the Final Agreement has been signed, Acho Dene Koe Band members will be given an opportunity to review the treaty and vote for its ratification. If a majority of Acho Dene Koe members vote in favor of adopting the Final Agreement, a date will be determined to bring the new treaty into effect. If successful, this date will conclude the negotiation process in the Northwest Territories.