Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

November 05, 2007 15:04 ET

Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations Team Up to Deliver Real Results to First Nations Communities

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians gathered today with leaders from self-governing Yukon First Nations, Council of Yukon First Nations, and the Government of Yukon and signed a new protocol that will result in better collaboration and information sharing between the three governments for a more prosperous Yukon territory.

"With our common interest of achieving good governance in the Yukon Territory, the Government of Canada is proud to sign this new Intergovernmental Forum Protocol today, which improves upon a previous agreement," said Minister Strahl. "I believe that working collaboratively with all levels of government will allow the true potential of the territory and its First Nations to be realized."

"We need shared action on our collective issues if we want to see progress in the economic and social well-being of Yukoners," said Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Andy Carvill. "In the spirit of respect and cooperation, I am happy to sign the new Protocol as it reflects a commitment between the Chiefs, the Minister and the Premier to work together."

"A key ingredient in the implementation of First Nation self-government and final agreements is intergovernmental cohesion," said Government of Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie. "The meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum today to sign the new Protocol ensures we are committed to working together towards a better future for all Yukon's communities."

Details of the new protocol include:

- Intergovernmental Forums will continue to be held to facilitate face-to-face discussions; promote information-sharing among governments; enable effective problem-solving; and meet the challenges of First Nation self-government;

- Forum members will continue to work cooperatively to implement the First Nations' self-government and final agreements.

- The Yukon First Nations, who have recently signed self-government agreements, are now formal members; and

- Timing of reviews and meetings can accommodate the needs of all involved parties.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Philippe Mailhot
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations
    819-953-1160
    or
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Yukon Region
    Line Gagnon
    Communications
    867-667- 3315
    or
    Council of Yukon First Nations
    Peter Lesniak
    Communications Manager
    867-393-9202
    or
    Government of Yukon
    Bonnie King
    Director, Communications
    Executive Council Office
    867-667-5270