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Elijah Smith Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow
On February 14, 1973, the Yukon Native Brotherhood, led by Elijah Smith, along with a delegation of Yukon First Nation leaders, presented Together Today for our Children Tomorrow: A Statement of Grievances and an Approach to Settlement by the Yukon Indian People to then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre...
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Negotiating the Yukon First Nation land claim and self-government agreements took a long time, and implementing them is an ongoing process. Marilyn Jensen, M.A., Yukon College Indigenous Governance Instructor, & Founder of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers There were many phases, there was lots of...
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This video series was developed by Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon and the Council of Yukon First Nations in 1997.  It will guide you on a four-part journey though the history of Yukon land claims.  Part One - Strangers in Our Own Land   Part One - Strangers in Our Own Land from Council of Yukon...
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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. The Umbrella Final Agreement was signed in 1993.  It...
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This video was created by the Government of Canada to provide viewers with an overview of Yukon First Nations land claims and self-government negotiation and implementation including initiatives in the areas of governance, programs and services, economic development, education and land. Of all the...
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Everyone has a role to play in implementing land claims and self-government. Daryn Leas, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen I think a lot of the people I work with, the people I interact with my age, have been inspired by the Together Today For Our Children Tomorrow. Sharon Nelson, Chief, Selkirk First Nation...
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Land claims negotiation took hard work by many important leaders. Marilyn Jensen, M.A., Yukon College Indigenous Governance Instructor, & Founder of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers Well, I think self-government is kind of a part of a bigger picture which I talk a lot about self-determination, which...
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Land claims negotiation took hard work by many important leaders. Marilyn Jensen, M.A., Yukon College Indigenous Governance Instructor, & Founder of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers Our leaders and Chiefs of those times, and a lot of them were elders, they completely stepped out of their own paradigm to...
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Since the land claim and self-government agreements were signed, people have noticed some powerful changes. Frances Oles, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations citizen For me, it’s united people across the Yukon as Native people, and made our culture and our history valuable. Growing up and going to...
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All Yukoners benefit from the Agreements. Daryn Leas, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen The UFA and the Final Agreements have benefited all Yukoners. We see Yukoners, whether you’re First Nation or not, participating and sitting on the boards and committees for the management of the land and resources,...
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Yukon is home to almost half of all comprehensive land claim and self-government agreements in Canada. Peter Johnston, Grand Chief, Council of Yukon First Nations Yukon is the cutting edge when it comes to self-government agreements across the world. Daryn Leas, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen Absolutely...
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The Umbrella Final Agreement was signed in 1993. Today, 11 Yukon First Nations have Final and Self-Government Agreements. Pauline Frost, Former Senior Official, Vuntut Gwitchin Government The Umbrella Final Agreement for Yukon is a foundational document. It sets the tone for us as First Nations...
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In 1973, Yukon First Nation leaders presented Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow to the Prime Minister Pierre of Canada. This document became the basis for negotiating Yukon First Nation land claims. Daryn Leas, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizen Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow is a cornerstone...
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Steve Smith, Chief, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Before Land Claims and Self-Government With more people and activity in the territory, Yukon First Nations realized that something had to be done to protect their land and way of life, and to make Yukon a better place to live.                       Steve Smith, Chief, Champagne and Aishihik First...
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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’s population is Aboriginal. Most of that 23% belong to one of the 14 First Nations that call Yukon...