• Yukon is leading the way to in First Nation Self-Government

    With 11 ground-breaking land claim and self-government agreements, the Yukon is a leader across Canada and around the world.

  • Yukon Tlingit Dancers

    Following decades of work by visionary leaders, Yukon First Nation land claim and self-government agreements are creating opportunities for future generations.

  • making a First Nation's drum

    The Yukon land claim and self-government agreements are the foundation for lasting relationships between our societies, cultures and governments. 

  • Signing of the Yukon Umbrella Final Agreement

    The Umbrella Final Agreement was signed in 1993.  It paved the way for individual First Nation agreements and a path towards reconciliation and positive change for all Yukoners.

  • First Nation dancers Da Ku Cultural Centre

     The vision laid out by Yukon First Nations in 1973 led to today’s land claims and self-government agreements. These agreements are mapping the way to a better future for all Yukoners.


Yukon is Mapping the Way with Yukon First Nation Self-Government

Yukon is at the forefront of Aboriginal land claims and self-government in Canada. Eleven of the territory’s 14 First Nations have settled their land claims and are self-governing.

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  • Land claims are not just for First Nations. We stand side by side to build community together.
  • We can see the huge change that only 20 years of self-governance created. Imagine what First Nations will be doing in the next generation!
  • We needed to do this for our children and our children's children. Land claims and self-government gives us a fighting chance in this world and helps us control our own destinies.
  • Land claims and self-government is a truly ground breaking process - I hope that it is used as a model throughout Canada and the world.
  • "We are trying to define our future for our children to be self-sufficient and proud to be Yukon Indian people."
  • Our First Nation government is making our nation stronger. There have been many positive changes for our people; they are bringing back our culture and teaching the youth.

Mapping the Way Stories and Resources

Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre represents Kwanlin Dün’s return to the Yukon River, the First Nation’s traditional home. The Kwanlin Dün First Nation Final Agreement provided for the development of...
Air North
The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation’s Final Agreement made it possible for the First Nation to acquire a 49% interest in Air North, Yukon’s Airline. This investment provides economic sustainability for...
Da Ku Cultural Centre
The Da Kų Cultural Centre is a prime example of the realization of self-government.  The self-governing Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) created the vision and design for the facility with...
A Long Journey Home – History of Yukon Land Claims - CYFN 4 Part Series
This video series was developed by  the Council of Yukon First Nations.  It will guide you on a four-part journey though the History of Yukon Land Claims.  Part One - Strangers in Our Own Land  ...
Tombstone Territorial park
Yukon’s Tombstone Territorial Park protects a unique wilderness of rugged peaks, permafrost landforms, abundant wildlife and rich First Nations culture. This park was established as a result of...
Exhibit on Yukon land claims and self-government
Mapping the Way has two exhibits that are available for short and long term loans. If you would like to loan the exhibit for a meeting, conference, course or display, please contact us.  Both...