Government of Yukon leadership meets with Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy during first official visit to the territory

Alaska Governor Michael (Mike) Dunleavy and Premier of the Yukon Ranj Pillai pose for a photo in Cabinet office during day 1 of the Alaskan Delegation visit to Whitehorse on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

On February 8 and 9, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy paid his first official visit to the Yukon along with Alaska State Commissioner of Fish and Game Douglas Vincent-Lang, Alaska State Commissioner of Transportation and Public Facilities Ryan Anderson and Alaska State Commissioner of Natural Resources John Boyle.

 Premier Ranj Pillai, Governor Dunleavy, Yukon Ministers and Alaskan Commissioners discussed a range of topics of shared interest including the vital transportation links between the two jurisdictions, funding for highway improvements and the importance of the Port of Skagway to the Yukon’s mining and tourism industries.

On Thursday, the Premier and the Governor met with the Yukon’s business and industry community at the Sternwheeler Hotel. In the afternoon, the Premier, Governor, Yukon Environment Minister Nils Clarke and Commissioner Vincent-Lang discussed fish and wildlife conservation and management took the opportunity to showcase the Yukon’s landscape and wildlife to the Alaskan delegation firsthand.

On Friday morning, the Premier met with the Governor and Dr. Ken Coates, Chair of the Yukon Arctic Security Advisory Council. They discussed the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit+ People (MMIWG2S+) Strategy and cross-border cooperation. They also discussed regional security, sharing perspectives on the importance of timely and transparent communications from federal authorities, the distinct role played by sub-national governments in supporting regional security and stability and economic opportunities from defence investments. Premier Pillai, Minister Streicker and Governor Dunleavy also met with representatives from Air North, Yukon’s Airline to discuss opportunities for air connections between the Yukon and Alaska.

The Premier and the Governor ended the visit by signing an Intergovernmental Relations Accord and a Memorandum of Understanding on Alaska Highway Improvements at a media event in the MacBride Museum.

The Yukon government is pleased to work with Alaska on shared priorities that improve the prosperity, stability and wellbeing of both Alaskans and the Yukoners.

It was a pleasure to welcome Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy on his first official visit to the Yukon. By working together and pursuing common goals, we aim to shape a future of shared opportunities for our region. This visit signifies a key milestone in strengthening our relationship, fostering a collaborative path towards a more interconnected future for both Alaskans and Yukoners.

Premier Ranj Pillai

The Alaska Highway is the only road link between Alaska and the Lower 48, and the vast majority of traffic on the Canadian portion of the road is American. By working cooperatively with our neighbors in the Yukon, we can help ensure that people traveling to or from Alaska on the road are able to do more safely with fewer road hazards. 

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy 

Quick facts 
  • This is the first official visit from Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. 

Media contact 

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
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Jeff Turner
Communications Director
Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy
Cell: 907-310-4961

Myra Nicks
Communications, Executive Council Office
867-667-5339
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News release #: 
24-062