• 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Implementation of the land claim and self-government agreements is an evolving and ongoing process that brings social, cultural and economic development opportunities for all Yukoners.

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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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IN YOUR WORDS

  • 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.

    - anonymous author

  • 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."

Mapping the Way Stories and Resources

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Part Four - Settlement and Governance from Council of Yukon First Nations.
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Part Three - From Yesterday to Tomorrow from Council of Yukon First Nations.
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Part Two - Give Our Grandchildren Back from Council of Yukon First Nations.
Story, Podcast
This article is the result of a partnership between Mapping the Way and the Shakat Journal . Check out this and other stories of the Shakat Journal at: www.shakat.ca. Article by Skyler Isaac, Shakat...
Resources
Wayfinder is a free online resource hub that was developed by the Training Policy Committee (TPC) in response to the needs expressed by Yukon First Nations. On Wayfinder you can find job postings,...
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Part One - Strangers in Our Own Land from Council of Yukon First Nations.