Leadership and councils

The DGG is made up of several branches. These include:

Ekw'atide

The Ekw'atide (which means “highest honest leader” in the Deline Got’ine dialect), is the elected leader of the Deline Got’ine Governement, and also sits on the Deline K’aowedo Ke. He or she serves a four-year term and is chosen by Deline First Nation Citizens. The Ekw'atide must be a Deline First Nation Citizen and a resident of Deline. The current Ekw'atide is Raymond Tutcho, who was elected on June 6, 2016 to take office on September 01, 2016, along with the other elected councillors of the Deline K’aowedo Ke.

Deline K’aowedo Ke

The K’aowedo Ke is made up of 8 members. The first council will serve a two-year term. It is made up of the Ekw'atide, an Elders’ representative appointed by the Aohda K’aowe Ke (Elders Council), and members at large.

The K’aowedo Ke runs the government and passes laws. The Executive/Finance Committee, made up of members of the K’aowedo Ke, is ultimately responsible for the day-to-day decisions of the government.

The following members make up the current K’aowedo Ke:

  • Ekw'atide: Raymond Tutcho
  • Elders representative: Charlie Neyelle
  • Executive Members: Freda Taneton and Raymond Taniton
  • Councillors: Tommy Betsidea, Jane Modeste, Danny Bahya and Morris Neyelle

Deline Aohda K’aowe Ke

The Aohda K’aowe Ke is made up of all Deline Elders. It gives advice to Council and appoints a representative to Council.

Dene K’e Dats’eredi Ke

The K’e Dats’eredi Ke will be made up of three members, who each serve a four-year term.

It will be an independent body that will handle dispute resolution, enforcement of DGG law and appeals from DGG decisions.

Dene Gha Gok’e rehkwi

The Dene Gha Gok’e rehkw’i (DGGR) is made up of five members, who each serve a four-year term. It is elected by resident and non-resident land claim beneficiaries.

The DGGR manages land claim monies and lands, and gives direction to the K’aowedo Ke on land claim matters.

Deline Lenats’ehde Dzene

The Lenats’ehde Dzene meets at least once a year. It is made up of all Deline First Nation Citizens and all residents of the Deline District. It will receive reports from the DGG, including reports on land claim matters.

Deline Renewable Resources Council

The Deline Renewable Resources Council is a society established under the authority of the Sahtu Dene Métis Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement of 1993. It assists hunters and trappers in the community, and encourages and promotes local involvement in conservation, harvesting studies and wildlife management.

The Deline Renewable Resources Council consists of seven directors elected by public meeting at an annual general meeting of its membership.