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Premier Sandy Silver

Government leaders hold forum

Members of the territorial cabinet and Peter Johnston, the Council of Yukon First Nations’ grand chief, as well as other chiefs, met Friday for the first Yukon Forum of 2021.

By Whitehorse Star on June 7, 2021

Members of the territorial cabinet and Peter Johnston, the Council of Yukon First Nations’ grand chief, as well as other chiefs, met Friday for the first Yukon Forum of 2021.

The leaders discussed their joint priorities for the coming years, said an afternoon statement issued after the Forum.

They also reconfirmed their commitment to advancing these priorities through the Yukon Forum and its working groups, guided by the 2017 Working Together Declaration.

Leaders also discussed the importance working in partnership to address the legacy of residential schools in the Yukon, including an investigation of all former residential school grounds in the territory.

“The Yukon Forum continues to be a pillar of our collaborative efforts with Yukon First Nations,” said Premier Sandy Silver.

“We made significant progress during our previous mandate and today was an opportunity to discuss our shared priorities to make sure that important work continues.

“Our government remains committed to working in partnership with First Nations to advance reconciliation and improve the quality of life of all Yukoners.”

The Yukon Forum meets four times a year.

Friday’s gathering was the 17th Yukon Forum meeting since signing the Working Together Declaration in January 2017.

“Yukon First Nations welcomed the reconvening of the Yukon Forum following the recent territorial election,” said Johnston.

“The timely gathering was an opportunity to confirm shared priorities going forward and pick up to discuss ongoing initiatives.”

Comments (11)

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woodcutter on Jun 9, 2021 at 11:14 am

From the uniformed comments made by the right side of the peanut gallery, it's clear why the educated folks need to work in the public service to maintain order, improve socialite outcomes and ensure that treaties agreed upon are fulfilled. Without these wise folks we would have a pig island style world run by the unwashed masses of deplorables that do not even have a basis of understanding of the interactions of the various levels of government that exist, never mind the intertwined relationship and responsibilities that are what make this country great.

It must be nice to be a simple minded plow horse with blinders on, just work and shut up. The farmer will ensure you are fed and watered and for sure they don't want to hear the complaining. Just pay your taxes and let your betters handle the details.

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Joe on Jun 8, 2021 at 8:00 am

Ah yes, where the unelected group tells the no values coalition with least popular vote how to run the territory. What a system and how did we get here?

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Matthew on Jun 7, 2021 at 9:20 pm

Sounds like more money will help healing.. somehow.. LOL!

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Jim on Jun 7, 2021 at 8:24 pm

Sandy Silver and his cronies cannot in good faith negotiate any deal for non-native Yukoners. We’ve already seen how they negotiate a “good deal” for everyone with their procurement deal. It gave a good deal to First Nation owned companies by giving them a 20% bid advantage over non-native local companies. When questioned about consultation it turns out only First Nations were at the bargaining table. So forgive me if I am suspect about any meetings Silver has on our behalf. How about the fact that the NWT premier negotiated a deal with the Feds to exempt heating oil from carbon tax. Where was our slick premier and his negotiating skills? Oh that’s right, he didn’t think it was in Yukoners best interests.

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Yeah on Jun 7, 2021 at 8:18 pm

So. Did Ms White get to attend? Wasn’t that part of the deal?

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Vern Schlimbesser on Jun 7, 2021 at 6:41 pm

If an elected politician is thereby appointed leader of a Provincial or Territorial Government, and if he (she) turns all effective decision making over to other politicians, other government representatives, interest groups and racially defined organizations, probably to the point where no real tough decisions might be possible, has that person abandoned their responsibility?
Their reason might be to stay in power, to avoid controversy, to feed an ego (we see that federally I think), or these and more.

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My Opinion on Jun 7, 2021 at 5:18 pm

Back Door Deals.

Every First Nation is represented by who they voted for in the last Territorial election. Is it not good enough to be represented by that individual and Party? No, they also get to Double Dip on a so called Government to Government platform. As a Citizen where is my second kick at the can? Another seat at the table so to speak. Something is wrong and I know what it is.

If these communities are Nations, self governed and self determination then why are they influencing by government without my representative even at the table?

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You're leaders? on Jun 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm

Makes you wonder what everyone else is considered.
How about this. You all quit your jobs and see if anyone notices a single thing different. You're leading a group of people that isn't asking to be led. Given the choice of taking instruction from a parking meter or anyone at this forum, the former prevails.

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Lost In the Yukon on Jun 7, 2021 at 4:45 pm

This is where the real Premier decides how things will go.

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JSM on Jun 7, 2021 at 4:10 pm

Surely they intend to waste every ones time and accomplish nothing but talking, right?

That is the status quo for them.

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TMYK on Jun 7, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Ahh yes. The Yukon Forum. Where secret deals are made behind closed doors.

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