Ray Jackson
Yukon mourns the death of former Chief and negotiator Ray Jackson

Yukon mourns the death of former Chief and negotiator Ray Jackson

Respected elder and former Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Chief Raymond Alex Jackson died Monday at the age of 77.

"He constructed the vision for land claims settlement and he never ever gave up on always trying to help his people," said current Champagne and Aishikhik chief Steve Smith.

Jackson was among Yukon First Nations leaders who traveled to Ottawa in 1973 to present then Prime Minster Pierre Elliot Trudeau with"Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow", a document that laid out problems faced by First Nations people in the territory and outlined proposed solutions through a negotiated land claims settlement.