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Grand Chief Peter Johnston and Premier Sandy Silver

Premier, ministers, chiefs plan activities in Ottawa

For the second straight year, Premier Sandy Silver and several ministers have joined with a delegation of First Nations chiefs for Yukon Days meetings in Ottawa.

By Whitehorse Star on February 1, 2018

For the second straight year, Premier Sandy Silver and several ministers have joined with a delegation of First Nations chiefs for Yukon Days meetings in Ottawa.

They’re working to advance the territory’s issues and joint agenda with federal officials, the government said in a statement Tuesday.

Priorities being discussed include the dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Porcupine caribou herd, the environment, tourism, housing and child welfare.

Goals that have emerged from the Yukon Forum Joint Action Plan are also being addressed.

With Silver are cabinet ministers Ranj Pillai, Jeanie Dendys, Pauline Frost and Tracy-Anne McPhee.

Those joining them include Peter Johnston, the Council of Yukon First Nations’ grand chief, and Chief Doris Bill of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.

“Inviting Yukon First Nations governments to join us for the Yukon Days meetings is the right decision – and the results of our meetings last year prove this to be true,” Silver said.

“Together, we are showing the importance of speaking for Yukoners with a single voice across all governments, and know that we will build on last year’s success in furthering Yukon’s priorities in Ottawa.”

Yukon Days are an annual event in Ottawa, this year taking place next Monday and Tuesday.

They consist of a reception and a series of meetings among the territorial and federal governments and Yukon First Nations.

“Yukon First Nation Chiefs look forward to participating in Yukon Days for the second year,” said Johnston.

“It is vital that Yukon First Nations are involved in meetings with federal ministers to ensure that a unified voice is presented to Ottawa on joint priority areas.”

On Wednesday, Silver presented two awards at the Arctic Inspiration Prize Awards ceremony (see story, p. 5).

On Saturday, he will speak on a panel at Carleton University’s Northern Lights Conference.

On Tuesday, he will attend a luncheon discussing Yukon College’s transition to Yukon University with Johnston and college president Karen Barnes.

Comments (7)

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waste of money on Feb 7, 2018 at 9:04 am

Funny how no mention of what this is costing tax payers. I would love to go to Ottawa and stay at the Fairmont for a couple nights all free. They also forgot the 10 or so contingent from Yukon College that joined them.

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Groucho d'North on Feb 5, 2018 at 10:19 am

1. a dish of sweetened and flavoured curds of milk, often served with fruit.
2. an extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by a government official at public expense.
synonyms: excursion, outing, spree, trip, jaunt; celebration, party, jamboree, feast, festivity; informal bash, shindig.

See some shows, do some shopping, visit five star restaurants, oh yeah - shake a few hands too. Issue a communique about hand shaking to legitimise the trip.

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Lost In the Yukon on Feb 2, 2018 at 8:48 pm

From everything that has transpired over the past year it now is fairly evident that Peter Johnson is the de facto Yukon Premier.

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Lost In the Yukon on Feb 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Certainly interesting to watch the pendulum swing to the other extreme. Maybe the next government will get the correct balance.

On another note this current Government, despite crying the sky is falling in regards to the Yukon's finances, are not shy about arranging nice junkets for themselves to Vancouver (Roundup) and Ottawa.

I guess Sandy Silver figures its his turn to belly up to the trough.

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ProScience Greenie on Feb 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm

How many tonnes of C02 produced by this? In the future will the carbon tax apply to these trips/events? Do they realize wages aren't keeping up with taxes and the rising costs of everything and that full time jobs with benefits are harder and harder to find?

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jc on Feb 1, 2018 at 9:28 pm

What have these priorities got to do with all Yukoners? They are FN concerns. But who gets to pay for this extravagant holiday trip? You guessed it - the producers.

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Juniper Jackson on Feb 1, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Maybe we should start a go-fund-me page for that..i'ts tax time and I am not sure taxpayers want to fork out the big bucks for this..unless of course, everyone is paying their own way? and expenses?

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