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Agreement in Principle between: The Dene Nation and Her Majesty the Queen

Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  4pp  
Resource Type:  Article

Inlcuded is a discussion on colonization, a section on the history and rights of the Dene, the relationship between the Dene and the non-Dene, and the reasons for an agreement in principle. The Dene Nation is working towards self-reliance and self-determination as a people within Canada.


Abstract:  This paper was presented to the federal government on October 25, 1976. Inlcuded is a discussion on colonization, a section on the history and rights of the Dene, the relationship between the Dene and the non-Dene, and the reasons for an agreement in principle. The Dene Nation is working towards self-reliance and self-determination as a people within Canada.

The Dene originally entered into Treaties 8 and 11 in order to protect their interests from the continuing invasion of the non-Dene. The Dene agreed to those treaties in good faith and under the assumption that the non-Dene did the same. They soon learned, however, that such was not the case, and since the signing of those treaties, nearly every term of the agreement they entered into has been broken by the non-Dene. This is in part, why the Dene are seeking an agreement in principle prior to entering into new negotiaitons with the federal government. With such an agreement, assumptions about principles and the purpose of negotiations will be clear from the start.

"The history of the North American Indian has been a brutal history of dehumanization. For non-native society, the relationship to be negotiated with the Dene Nation represents the last chance to reach a just and honourable agreement. For the native people, this negotiation represents the first chance to achieve the recognition of their basic human rights."


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