Premier Caroline Cochrane has hired longtime territorial government bureaucrat Shaleen Woodward as her principal secretary, the GNWT announced Tuesday.

Woodward was formerly the deputy secretary of Indigenous and Intergovernmental Affairs.

“She has extensive experience in self-government and land claim negotiations, collective bargaining and led the implementation of the historic 2014 devolution of responsibilities around lands and natural resources from the Government of Canada to the Government of the Northwest Territories,” the news release read.

Woodward’s experience could signal the new government’s ambitions. Released on Friday, its list of priorities gave top spot to settling land claims and implementing the United Nations Declaration Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


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Nick Pearce is a writer and reporter in Yellowknife, looking for unique stories on the environment and people that make up the North. He's a graduate of Queen's University, where he studied Global Development...

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