A fresh start through reconciliation and collaboration, is how both Yukon Liberal Premier Sandy Silver and CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston describe moving ahead from last Friday’s intergovernmental declaration signing at the Yukon Forum.
“A lot of people left the room with good feelings of optimism going forward and building on constructive dialogue we had at the forum, and leading into April we are going to move some of the contentious issues the territorial government’s been dealing with to another level, like land-use planning”Grand Chief Johnston told CKLB.
He adds education, and funding transfers is another big area Indigenous leaders want to address. Silver says solutions for all Yukoners and the economy will stem from stronger relationships with First Nations.
“These are the conversations that have to be had. The forum meeting four times a year is a great place for leader to leader robust conversations, but it’s not the only place and it’s basically setting the mandate and the ship in a direction. We need to have more communications,” added Silver.
Further discussions about mining and implementing current agreements are likely to headline the next Yukon Forum meeting in April.