Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Signing of the Umbrella Final Agreement and First Four Yukon First Nations Final and Self-Government Agreements


OTTAWA, ONTARIO - May30, 2018 - The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, issued the following statement today regarding the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Umbrella Final Agreement and first four Yukon First Nations final and self-government agreements:

“Twenty-five years ago, Canada, Yukon and the Council for Yukon Indians (today the Council of Yukon First Nations) signed the Umbrella Final Agreement. This document provided the template for the 11 modern treaties we have in Yukon today, and also provided for the negotiation of self-government agreements. The first four sets of final and self-government agreements were also signed in 1993 by Champagne and Ashihik First Nations, the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, Teslin Tlingit Council, and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. 

Earlier this year, Yukon First Nations celebrated the 45th anniversary of Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow, the historic document presented in 1973 by Yukon First Nations leaders to then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau that launched the land claim negotiation process. The success of Yukon First Nations in laying out their challenges and ideas for a better future is a prime example and inspiration of what is possible when people come together, define their vision and persevere.

The path from Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow to the Umbrella Final Agreement, and the resulting modern treaties and self-government agreements, was lengthy and uncharted. Although there were many challenges along the way, the agreements embody the shared path we have forged together that is more fair and inclusive for all. They put power back into the hands of 11 Yukon First Nations to govern their communities and have given all Yukoners greater say in the governance of the territory, changing how business is done in Yukon with First Nations being partners at the table shaping policy across sectors and spurring economic development to the benefit of Yukon First Nations, all Yukoners and Canadians alike.

Looking to the future, Canada’s commitment remains steadfast to working on a nation-to-nation basis with Yukon First Nations’ governments, as well as with the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Government of Yukon, to recognize and implement Indigenous rights. Only in true partnership will we realize the vision, hopes and dreams put forward in Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow, and reflected in the agreements that followed. 

Congratulations to Yukon First Nations and all Yukoners on this important anniversary!”

To learn more about Yukon’s modern treaties and self-government agreements, visit Mapping the Way’s Facebook page or website (Mapping the Way is a public education partnership initiative of the 11 self-governing Yukon First Nations, the Council of Yukon First Nations and the governments of Yukon and Canada to celebrate and raise awareness of the Yukon agreements and how they benefit all Yukoners.)

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James Fitz-Morris
Director of Communications and Issues Management
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Media Relations
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