Yukon First Nations celebrate 20 years of self-government

Four Yukon First Nations marked 20 years of self-government last night at a celebration in Whitehorse.

Two decades ago, agreements were signed between the Yukon government and the Na-cho Nyak Dun, Champagne Aishihik, Teslin Tlingit Council and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nations. Though many at the celebration reflected on the past 20 years, others looked even further back, and to the road ahead.

“We have survived hundreds of years of oppression,” said Kristina Kane, chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council, “the goal of which was to destroy us.”

“I remember when everyone said how wealthy we were going to be when we got land claims,” said Teslin Tlingit chief Carl Sidney. “We’re still waiting.”

Most of the night, though, took on a more celebratory tone, with gift giving, dancing, music, and plenty of laughs. Take a look through our photo gallery to see how the four First Nations marked the two decade anniversary of self-government in the territory.



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