Richard Edjericon

Member Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh

Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh Electoral District

Richard Edjericon was first elected to represent the district of Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh in by election during the 19th Assembly in 2022 and was re-elected to the 20th Assembly later the next year.

A descendant of Treaty 8 Chipewyan signator Chief Oliver Edjericon, Richard Edjericon was born and raised in Little Buffalo River near Fort Resolution. He attended Diamond Jenness Secondary High School in Hay River and Akaitcho Hall in Yellowknife.

Obtaining his journeyman carpenter’s certification from Thebacha College in Fort Smith, Mr. Edjericon has nearly four decades of experience as a journeyman certified carpenter working through out the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in residential and commercial construction.

Eventually his work in construction brought him to the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation as the North Slave Maintenance Coordinator. He would also become the General Manager for the Yellowknives Dene First Nation Housing Division.

Mr. Edjericon’s dedication to his community led him to seek the position of Elected Head Chief for Dettah and the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, holding that office from 1999 to 2003. He also became the Acting Grand Chief Spokeperson on behalf of the Akaitcho Chiefs for the Akaitcho Territory Government. He later joined the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board in 2007 and soon became chair, reappointed to this position in 2011.

Mr. Edjericon’s proudest moments include settling boundary disputes, signing political accords, creating fairer nation to nation relationships, and fostering economic development. As MLA he brings with him a passion for a fairer, more prosperous North, and a great depth of knowledge in housing, economics, and politics. He lives in Ndilo with his wife, Aleida.”


Tu Nedhé - Wiilideh
Member's Office

Yellowknife NT X1A 2L9

P.O. Box
Constituency Office

Statements in Debates

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Okay, thank you. There is a motion on the floor to report progress, and the motion is in order and nondebatable. All those in favour to the motion. All those opposed? Motion carried.


Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Thank you. Calling committee to order. I now call Committee of the Whole to order. What is the wish of committee? I'm going to go to Inuvik Boot Lake, Mr. Rodgers.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Thank you, Premier. Mr. Speaker, as you know that the territorial council or the Territorial Council Act was created in 1967. That's 67 years ago. So my question to the primary is will the Premier consider developing some taxation to Indigenous governments as to how they're going to deal with taxation on treaties? Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Premier. Mahsi.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Mr. Speaker, I too want to recognize former MLA Kevin O’Reilly. I still remember the days we used to play hockey; I'm still faster. But anyway, Mr. Speaker, I also want to recognize Marc Casaway, Mary Sundberg, Jonas Lafferty, all the translators out of here. I want to say mahsi; you guys are doing a great job. And all the ledge staff and my CA in Fort Resolution Delorme and Taylor. Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Mr. Speaker, your committee has been considering Minister's Statement 420(1), Minister's Statement 520(1), Minister's Statement 1720(1), Minister's Statement 2420(1) and would like to report progress. And, Mr. Speaker, I move that the report of the Committee of the Whole be concurred with. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Thank you. Does committee agree?

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Thank you. And I understand the negotiation process. I was part of that process as well. Going back to 1967 to date, so it'd be nice if this government could start looking as to how we're going to be dealing with taxation through that process so that sorry? To the question. The question is basically through negotiations that the taxation compensation to Akaitcho Treaty 8 be looked at from 1967 going forward? Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Yes, thank you, Mr. Speaker. Part of the oath of office for all the MLAs, again, it just talks about that we'll continue to honour and respect the treaties signed with Indigenous governments, so help me God. So I am happy to hear that from the Premier. Thank you for that.

How do we ensure future laws do not impose taxes on First Nations in breaching trust sorry, breach of their treaty rights on Treaty 8 and Treaty 11 territory? Thank you.

Debates of , 20th Assembly, 1st Session (day 13)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Now that Canada and the GNWT's bound legally by section 35 in UNDRIP to bring themselves in compliance with Treaty 8 and Treaty 11 rights, the question is how is this new government working to implement section 35 UNDRIP with existing treaties in partnership with Indigenous governments? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.