October 1996
A voluntary and confidential Impact and Benefits Agreement (IBA) is signed with the Dogrib Treaty 11 Coucil. A Socio-Economic Agreement is signed with the Government of the NWT (GNWT.)

November 1996
The Minster of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND), and the Premier of the NWT announce the project has received final Cabinet approval and now  has the full support of the government. An implementation protocol is signed by BHP, DIAND, the GNWT and by four Aboriginal groups (Dogrib Treaty 11 Council, Akaitcho Treaty & North Slave Metis Alliance and the Inuit of Kugluktuk and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association).  A voluntary and confidential IBA is signed with Akaitcho Treaty 8.