Yukon First Nations and Yukon Government delegates heading to Ottawa



    WHITEHORSE, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Premier Dennis Fentie and Yukon First Nations
Chiefs are leading a delegation to Ottawa to meet with federal ministers,
politicians and senior government officials on the need to develop a timely
and inclusive process for responding to issues identified in the report on the
nine year review of the implementation of the Yukon treaties.
    "We are going to Ottawa to discuss issues brought up at earlier
tripartite meetings and to profile our desire to work collaboratively on
governance and land claims implementation objectives," Fentie said.
    The review of the Yukon First Nation Final and Self Government
Agreements, which have been in place for over 10 years, was completed last
year. "This was the first extensive review of these agreements and it
highlights the need for the federal government to resolve inconsistencies in
federal policies and to increase funding to ensure the spirit and intent of
the agreements are fulfilled."
    Delegation members joining Premier Dennis Fentie include: Tourism
Minister Elaine Taylor, Justice Minister Marian C. Horne, Education Minister
Patrick Rouble and Economic Development Minister Jim Kenyon. The Yukon Chiefs
delegation includes Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Joe Linklater, Champagne and
Aishihik Chief Dianne Strand, Tr'ondek Hwech'in Chief Darren Taylor, Ta'an
Kwach'an Chief Ruth Massie and Carcross/Tagish Khà Shâde Héni Mark Wedge.
    "Yukon First Nations look forward to this unique opportunity," Chief
Linklater, speaking on behalf of Yukon's Self Governing First Nations, said.
"It's to advance our intergovernmental discussions beyond simply dialogue and
to where we establish clear measures to further our trilateral commitments."
    The Premier and Yukon ministers will also engage in bilateral discussions
with federal ministers and senior officials about issues specifically
affecting Yukon and the North such as sovereignty, security and sustainable
development; climate change adaptation; economic development and
diversification; education and training; women's issues and northern
infrastructure.
    "An important ingredient in the evolving political and sustainable
economic development in Yukon is successful implementation of Yukon First
Nations' Final and Self-Government Agreements," Fentie added. "This will be
the consistent message in both our bilateral and trilateral meetings with
federal ministers."
    The Premier will be hosting a reception on Feb. 11 that will include
Sundog wood carvers and a display by the Yukon Convention Bureau. This
reception will enable the Yukon delegation to network with ministers and
senior officials from Ottawa. Yukon ministers will be meeting with their
federal counterparts and will attend trilateral meetings with First Nations
Chiefs and federal officials Feb. 11 and 12.





For further information:

For further information: Roxanne Vallevand, Cabinet Communications,
Government of Yukon, (867) 633-7949, roxanne.vallevand@gov.yk.ca; Shirley
McLean, Communications, Yukon FN Self Government Secretariat, (867) 335-1015,
shirley.mclean@ctfn.ca

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