Premier Sandy Silver issued the following statement for National Indigenous Peoples Day:
June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day, an important opportunity to celebrate the rich histories, cultures and traditional knowledge of Yukon First Nations and Indigenous groups across Canada.
First Nations truly are the heart and soul of many Yukon communities. This day gives us the chance to recognize their diversity of achievements and ongoing contributions to the vibrant cultural fabric of our territory.
In Yukon, each First Nation plays a crucial role in strengthening our systems of governance, economy, culture and education. In 1973, as part of Together Today for our Children Tomorrow, Yukon First Nation leaders called for a university in Yukon. In 2020, the launch of Yukon University, Canada’s first university north of 60, honours that call and breathes life into that vision. Yukon First Nations continue to map the way forward for our territory in a way that benefits all Yukoners.
Our government is proud to celebrate Yukon First Nations and Indigenous groups from coast to coast to coast. I encourage all Yukoners to learn more about Indigenous culture, arts, and achievements, and to celebrate this important day with friends and family.