The Yukon Contractors Association (YCA) is requesting “meaningful consultation” on the Yukon First Nations procurement policy with the next territorial government and to “directly engage with Yukon First Nation businesses and governments to develop a policy that can be successfully implemented.”
The association released a statement Tuesday.
“The Yukon Contractors Association supports the objectives outlined in the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy; however, we feel that the process has failed to use the expertise within the contracting community,” said YCA president Clint Teichrob.
“We are seeking to engage with Yukon First Nations to discuss options to improve the Yukon First Nations Procurement Policy.”
The association said it believes direct engagement with First Nations-owned businesses and governments is a necessary step to improve the policy.
“The YCA believes that by having direct discussions with Yukon First Nations we will share a better understanding of how we are achieving the policy objectives and develop solutions that we could jointly provide to the Yukon government,” Tiechrob added.
The association represents the Yukon construction industry to all levels of government and to major development groups.
It said it strives to promote “harmonious co-existence” of northern contactors for the net benefit of the industry and a prosperous Yukon workforce.
“The First Nations procurement policy is part of a commitment made to First Nations under Chapter 22 of the Umbrella Final Agreement,” the Liberal campaign noted to the Star.
“It was developed with First Nations and is an important step in the commitment to fostering economic development in communities.
“We stand by this policy. We are disappointed but not surprised to hear the leader of the Yukon Party, who was responsible for the Peel planning debacle, use his position to reject yet another commitment made to Yukon First Nations.”