Premier Sandy Silver and three of his ministers met with members of the fact-finding Special Senate Committee on the Arctic on Wednesday in Whitehorse.
They outlined the government’s priorities and ideas for strengthening northern communities.
Ranj Pillai, the minister of Economic Development and Energy, Mines and Resources, Community Services Minister John Streicker and Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys, along with government officials, took part in the meeting.
They discussed building healthy and sustainable communities; reconciliation with Yukon First Nations; developing the tourism and resource industries; and emphasizing the need for federal infrastructure funding to be flexible to fit Yukon circumstances.
“It is important for Yukoners to have a voice in federal government decisions affecting the North,” Silver said.
“I appreciate the members of the Special Senate Committee on the Arctic visiting Yukon to hear our vision for the future of the territory.
“Yukon’s robust economic position and the care we take as a government to support responsible development and foster strong relationships with Yukon First Nations demonstrates our approach to building strong, vibrant and healthy northern communities.”
The committee was created in September 2017 with a mandate to “consider the significant and rapid changes to the Arctic, and impacts on original inhabitants.”