• Canoa
    Yukon Is Leading The Way

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

  • First Nation dancers Da Ku Cultural Centre
    Together Today For Our Children Tomorrow

    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
    Reconciliation Through Self-Determination

    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
    Building A Strong Foundation

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

  • Totem
    Celebrating our past, looking to our future

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

    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."

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.

Mapping the Way Stories and Resources


Part Three - From Yesterday to Tomorrow from Council of Yukon First Nations.
Part Two - Give Our Grandchildren Back from Council of Yukon First Nations.
Part One - Strangers in Our Own Land from Council of Yukon First Nations.
Our Journey: Yukon First Nations Land Claims and Self-Government
First Nation people have lived in Yukon for thousands of years. This is the story of their journey  towards the land claims and self-government agreements many have today. Approximately 23% of Yukon...
Part Four - Settlement and Governance from Council of Yukon First Nations.
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,...
Mapping the Way has a number of resources available for order or loan that can be used at events or in classrooms. To request public educational materials and/or promotional items please contact us
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...
Mapping the way: Yukon First Nation Self-Government Yukon is one of Canada’s three northern territories, and is home to about 37,000 residents. There are 14 First Nations in Yukon. Approximately...
20 years of Self-Government
Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in signed their Final and Self-Government Agreements on July 16, 1998. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the signing the Tr'ondëk Hwëch’in developed 20 fun facts about the...
Special Management Areas - protecting and managing Yukon’s natural and cultural places
Chapter 10 of the Yukon Final Agreements is all about Special Management Areas – that means parks, bird sanctuaries, heritage sites, watershed protection areas, or habitat protection areas.  The goal...
Yukon Agreements Trailblazer Contest
There are so many people who are working hard to bring the vision of the Final and Self-Government Agreements to life. We held a contest to recognise the hard work of these individuals. Here are the...
In the Northern Tutchone (Hude Hudӓn) way, stories are teachings, traditional laws, and represent the Northern Tutchone way of life.
Stories are powerful. In the Northern Tutchone (Hude Hudӓn) way, stories are teachings, traditional laws, and represent the Northern Tutchone way of life. These traditional laws and customs are...
Adeline Webber
Adeline Webber has worked tirelessly toward the recognition and acknowledgement of Aboriginal women's rights. Adeline, a Teslin Tlingit Council citizen whose Tlingit name is Kh'ayàdê, spent a...
Dave Joe
Dave Joe is a citizen of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. He is a distinguished lawyer who was called to the bar in 1977 in the Yukon and in 1999 in British Columbia. Dave has worked as chief...
Joe Linklater
Joe Linklater is a seasoned political leader and program manager with considerable experience in building and implementing public policy and First Nation self-governance. He held the position of...
Robert Hager
Robert Hager grew up following traditional pursuits such as hunting, fishing and trapping. As a citizen of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Robert is proud of his First Nation's history of self-...
Hal Mehaffey
Hal Mehaffey founded Mehaffey Consulting in 1992 after eight years as the Band Manager of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun in Mayo, Yukon. Hal specializes in the negotiation of land claim and Self-...