It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Teslin Tlingit Elder Pearl Keenan.
Mrs. Keenan was a champion of the Tlingit language as well as traditional First Nations culture and knowledge. She was a passionate advocate of education committed to engaging youth and raising awareness of environmental issues.
A dedicated volunteer and engaged Yukoner, Mrs. Keenan selflessly contributed her time, energy and wisdom to many important causes, including the Yukon Human Rights Commission, the Council of Yukon First Nations’ Elder Advisory Committee, the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and the First Nations Education Commission. From 1993 to 2001 she served as the Chancellor of Yukon College, and later became a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her work in education and the preservation and promotion of First Nations heritage.
Pearl Keenan’s important contributions to our territory will continue to be felt for many generations, and all Yukoners are better off as a result of them.
My colleagues and I send our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Keenan’s family and friends and the Teslin Tlingit Council.
– Premier Sandy Silver