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Déline Final Self-Government Agreement Act (S.C. 2015, c. 24)

Act current to 2020-06-17 and last amended on 2019-06-21. Previous Versions

Déline Final Self-Government Agreement Act

S.C. 2015, c. 24

Assented to 2015-06-18

An Act to give effect to the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement and to make consequential and related amendments to other Acts

Preamble

Whereas the Constitution Act, 1982 recognizes and affirms the existing Aboriginal and treaty rights of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada;

Whereas the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, signed on September 6, 1993, provides for the negotiation of self-government agreements among the Sahtu Dene and Metis, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories;

Whereas the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement provides that self-government negotiations will address the desire of the Sahtu Dene and Metis to have self-government exercised as close to the community level as is reasonably possible;

Whereas the Sahtu Dene and Metis of Déline, as represented by the Déline First Nation Band and the Déline Land Corporation, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories have negotiated the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement in accordance with chapter 5 and Appendix B of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement;

Whereas the Sahtu Dene and Metis of Déline approved the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement by a vote held on March 10, 11 and 12, 2014;

And whereas the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement requires that legislation be enacted by the Parliament of Canada in order for that Agreement to be ratified;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement Act.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in this Act.

Déline Agreement

Déline Agreement means the Déline Final Self-Government Agreement among the Déline First Nation Band, the Déline Land Corporation, the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories, signed on February 18, 2015, including any amendments made to it. (accord de Deline)

Déline First Nation Band

Déline First Nation Band has the same meaning as in chapter 1 of the Déline Agreement. (bande de la Première Nation de Deline)

Déline Got’ine Government

Déline Got’ine Government means the government established in accordance with chapter 3 of the Déline Agreement. (gouvernement Gotine de Deline)

Déline Land Corporation

Déline Land Corporation has the same meaning as in chapter 1 of the Déline Agreement. (société foncière de Deline)

Déline law

Déline law has the meaning assigned by the definition DGG Law in chapter 1 of the Déline Agreement. (loi de Deline)

Déline Tax Treatment Agreement

Déline Tax Treatment Agreement means the tax treatment agreement referred to in 22.3.1 of the Déline Agreement, including any amendments made to it. (accord sur le traitement fiscal de Deline)

Sahtu Agreement

Sahtu Agreement means the Agreement as defined in section 2 of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Land Claim Settlement Act. (accord du Sahtu)

Marginal note:Status of Déline Agreement

 The Déline Agreement is a treaty within the meaning of sections 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

Déline Agreement

Marginal note:Déline Agreement given effect

  •  (1) The Déline Agreement is approved, given effect and declared valid and has the force of law.

  • Marginal note:Rights and obligations

    (2) For greater certainty, a person or entity has the powers, rights, privileges and benefits conferred on the person or entity by the Déline Agreement and must perform the duties, and is subject to the liabilities, imposed on the person or entity by the Déline Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Third parties

    (3) For greater certainty, the Déline Agreement is binding on, and may be relied on by, all persons and entities.

Marginal note:Déline Agreement prevails

  •  (1) Subject to section 6, the Déline Agreement prevails over this Act and any other federal law to the extent of any inconsistency between them.

  • Marginal note:Act prevails

    (2) Subject to section 7, this Act prevails over any other federal law to the extent of any conflict between them.

Marginal note:Inconsistency with Déline Agreement

 The Sahtu Dene and Metis Land Claim Settlement Act and the Sahtu Agreement prevail over the Déline Agreement to the extent of any inconsistency between that Act and the Déline Agreement or between the Sahtu Agreement and the Déline Agreement.

Marginal note:Inconsistency with this Act

 The Sahtu Dene and Metis Land Claim Settlement Act and the Sahtu Agreement prevail over this Act to the extent of any inconsistency between that Act and this Act or between the Sahtu Agreement and this Act.

Marginal note:Inconsistency with Déline law

 The Sahtu Dene and Metis Land Claim Settlement Act and the Sahtu Agreement prevail over Déline law to the extent of any inconsistency between that Act and Déline law or between the Sahtu Agreement and Déline law.

Déline Got’Ine Government

Marginal note:Capacity of natural person

 The Déline Got’ine Government is a legal entity and has the capacity, rights, powers and privileges of a natural person.

Marginal note:Force of law

 Déline law that is made in accordance with the Déline Agreement has the force of law.

Application of Other Acts

Meaning of Déline First Nation Citizen

  •  (1) In this section, Déline First Nation Citizen has the meaning assigned by the definition DFN Citizen in chapter 1 of the Déline Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Indian Act

    (2) Subject to 2.8 of the Déline Agreement, the Indian Act does not apply to the Déline Got’ine Government or to Déline First Nation Citizens as of the day on which section 4 comes into force.

Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act

 A Déline law is not a statutory instrument for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.

Taxation

Marginal note:Déline Tax Treatment Agreement

 The Déline Tax Treatment Agreement is approved, given effect and declared valid and has the force of law during the period that it is in effect.

Marginal note:Clarification

 The Déline Tax Treatment Agreement does not form part of the Déline Agreement and it is not a treaty or a land claims agreement within the meaning of sections 25 and 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

General

Marginal note:Judicial notice — Agreements

  •  (1) Judicial notice must be taken of the Déline Agreement and the Déline Tax Treatment Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Publication

    (2) The Déline Agreement and the Déline Tax Treatment Agreement must be published by the Queen’s Printer.

  • Marginal note:Evidence

    (3) A copy of the Déline Agreement or the Déline Tax Treatment Agreement published by the Queen’s Printer is evidence of that agreement and of its contents, and a copy purporting to be published by the Queen’s Printer is presumed to be so published unless the contrary is shown.

Marginal note:Judicial notice — Déline law

  •  (1) Judicial notice must be taken of any Déline law that is registered in the public registry referred to in 3.7 of the Déline Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Evidence

    (2) A copy of any Déline law purporting to be deposited in the public registry referred to in 3.7 of the Déline Agreement is evidence of that law and of its contents, unless the contrary is shown.

Meaning of institutions

  •  (1) In this section, institutions has the meaning assigned by the definition Institutions of the DGG in chapter 1 of the Déline Agreement.

  • Marginal note:Federal Courts Act

    (2) The Déline Got’ine Government and its institutions are not federal boards, commissions or other tribunals as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Federal Courts Act.

  • Marginal note:Jurisdiction  — Supreme Court of Northwest Territories

    (3) The Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories has exclusive original jurisdiction to hear and determine applications for judicial review of the decisions of the Déline Got’ine Government or its institutions, except if an agreement made in accordance with 22.2.2 of the Déline Agreement provides otherwise.

Marginal note:Notice of issues arising

  •  (1) If an issue arises in any judicial or administrative proceeding in respect of the interpretation, validity or applicability of the Déline Agreement, of this Act, of the Act of the legislature of the Northwest Territories that gives effect to the Déline Agreement or of any Déline law, then the issue must not be decided until the party raising the issue has served notice on the Attorney General of Canada, the Attorney General of the Northwest Territories and the Déline Got’ine Government.

  • Marginal note:Content and timing

    (2) The notice must

    • (a) describe the proceeding;

    • (b) state the subject matter of the issue;

    • (c) state the day on which the issue is to be argued;

    • (d) give the particulars that are necessary to show the point to be argued; and

    • (e) be served at least 14 days before the day on which the issue is to be argued, unless the court or tribunal authorizes a shorter period.

  • Marginal note:Participation in proceedings

    (3) The Attorney General of Canada, the Attorney General of the Northwest Territories and the Déline Got’ine Government may appear and participate in any proceeding in respect of which subsection (1) applies as parties with the same rights as any other party.

  • Marginal note:Clarification

    (4) For greater certainty, subsections (2) and (3) do not require that an oral hearing be held if one is not otherwise required.

 
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