We were pleased to meet with Martin Goldney, Deputy Minister, Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Affairs. Mr. Goldney has held this position since June 2013.
Mr. Goldney was born and raised in the Northwest Territories and spent much of his life as a lawyer specializing in Aboriginal and constitutional law. He has extensive experience in the areas of self-government and land claim negotiations. He has had important roles in the GNWT’s devolution team since 2002, serving as legal counsel, executive director and most recently as chief negotiator, where he helped finalize the draft devolution agreement.
His current role draws on much of his previous experience as he strives to renew and improve relationships with Aboriginal governments and the federal government. His work will include promoting a common governance vision for the NWT with the federal government; furthering positive relationships with Aboriginal leadership to ensure Aboriginal interests are fully considered in GNWT policy development and program delivery; advancing negotiations with Aboriginal governments to successfully conclude outstanding land, resources and self-government agreements and ensuring that all GNWT obligations within treaties and Aboriginal rights agreements are met.