The Gwich’in Settlement Region of the Canadian Western Arctic is comprised of land from the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The Gwich’in Settlement Area (GSA) is a portion of the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Territories and includes the communities of Inuvik, Fort McPherson, Aklavik and Tsiigehtchic.
Under the Gwich’in Comprehensive Land Claim Agreement, the Gwich’in Tribal Council was granted ownership of 16,264 square kilometres of land in parcels located throughout the GSA and Yukon. Sections of this land are very active with economic development arising from the proposed Mackenzie Gas Pipeline Project and other oil and gas exploration. By being involved in activities on Gwich’in land, the Gwich’in Development Corporation can ensure local resident’s are involved and benefit from these opportunities.