Vuntut Gwitchin Self Government Agreement

CONSIDERING that Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation, Teslin Tlingit Council and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation have each reached a final agreement with Her Majesty and the Government of the Yukon Territory, including the provisions of the framework agreement and with specific provisions for each First Nation; CONSIDERING that other First Nations can enter into Yukon self-reliance agreements; CONSIDERING that self-administration agreements have been concluded with these First Nations, which were signed on behalf of each First Nation, Her Majesty and the Government of the Yukon Territory; Shirley Adamson: “I spend a lot of time working with young people. I do a lot of classes at university. I am always surprised at how few individuals, especially First Nation individuals, are not fully aware of the claims and potential of land arrangements that determine their lives or affect their lives today. In 1973, an organization called Yukon Native Brotherhood (now the Yukon First Nations Council) visited Ottawa under the leadership of Chief Elijah Smith to present a proposal entitled “Today for Our Children Tomorrow.” This document laid the groundwork for negotiating the democratic claims and autonomy for yukon First Nations. “I had no problem signing the agreement because we needed something, a kind of arrangement that was made to help our people.” 4 With this legislation and the Council Governor`s orders under this Act, self-management agreements with First Nations will come into effect. These agreements define the rights of First Nations in their traditional territories. 6 (1) When the First Nation self-management agreement enters into force, the First Nation, subject to Sections 21 and 22, succeeds the rights, titles, interest, commitments, assets and liabilities of its previous band, and that link is extinguished. 5 (1) The self-management agreements signed on 29 May 1993 by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, The Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation, the Teslin Tlingit Council and the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation come into force on the day this Act comes into force. Paul Birckel: “The agreement was not only for the First Nation, but also for people from across the economy.

Because all of our boards and committees have been put in place, none of our First Nations or whites have had a say in what is happening in government. CBC Yukon host Leonard Linklater spoke this week with several people who participated in negotiations in the 1990s. You talked about how the agreements were made and the situation today. negotiations between Yukon First Nations and the Government of Canada; and later with the Yukon government for the next 20 years, until the final Umbrella Agreement was signed in 1993. This document served as the basis for the final agreements and self-management that would follow immediately and in the years to come. The Ta`an Kwach`an signed their contracts in 2002, one hundred years after Chief Boss`s letter. This is how some describe the implementation of modern treaties under the Yukon First Nations. The 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the final and autonomous agreements that come into force takes place on Friday.

2. If, after this Act comes into force, a self-management agreement is entered into with a first nation, the Governor of the Council may put the agreement into force by order and add the name of the First Nation to Schedule II.

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