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

by NationTalk on November 6, 20071075 Views

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Whitehorse, Yukon (November 5, 2007) – The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis 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.

For further information please contact:

Minister’s Office
Philippe Mailhot
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
819-997-0002

Media Relations
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
819-953-1160

Line Gagnon
Communications
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Yukon Region
867-667- 3315

Peter Lesniak
Communications Manager
Council of Yukon First Nations
867-393-9202

Bonnie King
Director, Communications
Executive Council Office
Government of Yukon
867-667-5270

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