Vuntut Final Agreement

negotiations between Yukon First Nations and the Government of Canada; and later with the Government of Yukon for the next 20 years, until the signing of the Final Framework Agreement in 1993. This document served as a basis for the final and autonomous individual agreements, which would follow immediately and in the years to come. The Ta`an Kwach`an signed their contracts in 2002, 100 years after the boss`s letter. White River First Nation, Ross River Dena Council and Liard First Nation are the other Yukon First Nations that have no agreements. First Nation Final Agreements include the legal agreements of the three parties, the federal government, the Government of Yukon and the First Nation. These agreements are protected by the Constitution and can only be amended with the consent of all three parties. They are often referred to as “modern contracts.” The FNFA contains all the provisions of the Final Framework Agreement with the addition of “specific provisions” that apply to each First Nation. The final agreements designate settlement areas and address issues of economy, wildlife, land and resource management, as well as other issues such as heritage. In 1973, an organization called the Yukon Aboriginal Brotherhood (now the Council of Yukon First Nations), led by Chief Elijah Smith, travelled to Ottawa to present a proposal entitled Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow. This document laid the foundation for the negotiation of land claims and self-government for Yukon First Nations. With unlimited pride in our ancient cultural heritage and countries of origin, we exercise our inherent right to self-management in order to take responsibility for the overall well-being of our citizens and to ensure the proper management of our communities, countries and resources. For more information on how historical and modern Aboriginal treaties continue to shape the Canadian landscape, take a look at this book: Media Contact: Rebecca Shrubb (867) 966-3261 Issue 258 rshrubb@vgfn.net Description: Vuntut Gwitchin is the name of our people, which in our language means “People of the Lakes.” We, the Vuntut Gwitchin, are one of 19 communities in the U.S. state of Alaska and the Canadian territories of Yukon and the Northwest Territory.

These 19 villages and towns are inhabited by more than 7500 people who together form a nation of people: the Gwitchin Nation. Strategically placed by the Gwitchin elders to intersect the seasonal routes of the 150,000 to 180,000 herds of porcupine caribou (that is, because of the crossing of the Porcupine River during their fall and spring hikes), the Gwitchin villages still depend on this magnificent herd of food, clothing and crafts. Porcupine caribou are the centre of Gwichin culture. Head Office Address: P.O. Box 94 Old Crow, Yukon Canada, Y0B 1N0 First Nation Final Agreements have been concluded to date with eleven of the Yukon First Nations. These include: Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation in Mayo, Champagne & Aishihik First Nations in Haines Junction, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow, Teslin Tlingit Council in Teslin, Small Salmon-Carmacks First Nation in Carmacks, Selkirk First Nation in Pelly Crossing, Kluane First Nation in Burwash Landing, the Ta`an Guardian Council in Whitehorse, tr`ondek Hw`echin First Nation in Dawson City, Kwanlin Dun First Nation in Whitehorse and Carcross Tagish First Nation in Carcross. . .