Sahtu Dene and Metis Final Agreement

  • T. Connolly finds the only good use of carsonites on Sahtu projects, 1999.

  • R. Odgaard, G. Thibeau(pilot), C. El-Araj, E. Pfieffer, S. Hansen, C. deHaan, Metis Assistant, C. Johns at the end of the project. Sahtu Land Claim, 2002.

  • On Sahtu Land claim, 2002.

  • Surveying a height of land. Sahtu Land Claim, 2002.

  • Old truck on the Canol Trail. Sahtu Land Claim, 2002.

  • Setting a carsonite maker post. On the Sahtu Land claim near Deline, 2002.

  • C. deHaan on survey of Canol Trail, Sahtu Land Claim, 2002.

  • Assistant clearing corner for target. Tulita, 1999.

  • Assistant setting photo target at Sahtu boundary corner. Tulita, 1999.

  • Post on the Sahtu boundary. Tulita, 1999.

  • On the Sahtu Land Claim survey near Deline, 2002

  • Assistants loading the helicopter for Sahtu Land Claim survey. Tulita, 1999.

  • Colville Lake, Sahtu.

About This Project

The Claim

This Claim is located in the Mackenzie River region of the Western Arctic. The agreement was signed in September of 1993. In exchange for ceding, releasing and surrendering to Canada all of their Aboriginal claims, rights, title and interests, the Agreement provides the Sahtu with:

  • Title to 41,437km2 (16,000 sq. mi.) of land
  • Exclusive and preferential rights to harvest wildlife throughout the Sahtu Settlement Area
  • Financial compensation of $75 million over 15 years
  • Resource royalty sharing[50]

The Survey

The Sahtu boundary surveys combined some conventional line cutting and isolated boundary corners, defined by either geographic coordinates or intersections of geographic coordinates with natural features. RTK-GPS was employed in establishing isolated boundary corners and some natural features, while static GPS was employed for the final surveyed positions.

Underhill completed 12 contracts to survey the boundaries of this claim from 1995 to 2003. These surveys involved:

  • 679 isolated boundary corners
  • 29 site-specific parcels
  • 22 crown reserves
  • 16 detours
  • 192 km of seismic line
  • 3,565 km of natural boundary
  • 173 km of roads, trails and pipelines