Violet Gatensby created a commemorative piece of art on this chunk of concrete that was part of the steps of the Chooutla Residential School.
Carcross/Tagish First Nation/ Max Leighton

Pathways magazine

Stories of collaboration, partnership and reconciliation

The Pathways magazine is the Government of Yukon’s reconciliation-focused magazine.

Pathways shares stories of collaboration, partnership and reconciliation in order to foster learning and growth within the Yukon public service.

This issue reflects on collaborative work with First Nations governments and organizations to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.  

The Government of Yukon has also developed a report on actions taken to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commion's Calls to Action.

Read the Report on the Calls to Action 

Attendees gather around the sacred fire at the announcement of Priority Action Items for the Yukon\u2019s MMIWG2S+ Strategy in December 2022.
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The changing landscape of the Yukon’s governance

Grand Chief Johnston, Premier Pillai, Brian MacDonald and Daryn Leas speak about changes in Yukon’s governance over the last 50 years and share tips for increasing collaboration between the Yukon and First Nations governments.

Yukon First Nation leaders are standing in front of the Parliament buildings in 1973 after they delivered their Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow document to the federal government.
Yukon Archives, Judy Gingell collection, 98/74, #1

The search for answers and healing for families of missing children

The Yukon Residential Schools and Missing Children Project have started their Yukon-wide search for missing children at the Chooutla residential school in Carcross.

Violet Gatensby's commemorative art is painted on a chunk of concrete that was part of the steps of the Chooutla Residential School.
Carcross/Tagish First Nation/ Max Leighton

Shifting the balance from intervention to prevention in Yukon’s child welfare system

The Council of Yukon First Nations is working with the Government of Yukon to deliver family preservation and support services. 

Child and two adults playing with toys at the Council of Yukon First Nations' Family Preservation Services
Cathie Archbould

Partnering to serve and support First Nations families  

The Government of Yukon has signed child welfare Memorandums of Understanding with several First Nations including the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and Kwanlin Dün First Nation.

Two people fleshing a moose antler at a Kwanlin Dün First Nation organized youth moose hunt.
Kwanlin Dün First Nation

Building a new education system for all Yukoners 

The First Nations School Board is fulfilling the vision of Yukon First Nations by establishing more community involvement and control for 11 schools across the Yukon.

First Nation School Board of Trustees wearing blankets as they are sworn in.
Department of Education

Culturally rich training for early childhood educators

The Yukon First Nation Education Directorate is offering training to early childhood educators throughout the territory.

Two people hang an Every Child Matters flag at the opening of the new Yukon First Nation Education Directorate Early Years space in Whitehorse.
Isidore Champagne

Localizing curriculum in the Yukon

Department of Education curriculum consultants work with Elders and Knowledge Keepers to develop culturally and regionally relevant curriculum for schools.

Department of Education curriculum consultants Tammy Stoneman and Flora Asp are standing in the fall colours
Michael Edwards

Co-governing education in Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory

The Government of Yukon and Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin have signed an education agreement that supports implementation of the education provisions of their Self-Government Agreement.

A youth fillets a salmon at Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin’s First Fish camp
Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin

Bringing land-based healing to the forefront

The Government of Yukon works with Xhastin's Healing Journey and First Nations governments to offer more land-based healing options.

A circle of camp chairs overlooks the water at Shakat Tun wilderness camp near Haines Junction
Government of Yukon/Katrina Couch

Designing a culturally safe and inclusive health and social services system

Health and Social Services is implementing Putting People First recommendations by creating a cultural safety team and training.

Senior leadership at Health and Social Services listening to speaker Dr. Nel Wieman.
Health and Social Services

Reimagining partnerships: Creating Indigenous-led programming in the justice system

The Justice Wellness Centre is working closely with Indigenous counsellors, Elders and First Nations to provide both clinical and cultural supports for those involved with the Justice system.

Kelly Allen, Elder Dianne Smith and Joe Migwans stand in front of the water.
Kelly Allen

Our People’s Way: Dena Keh Justice draws on Kaska culture to bring restorative justice

Liard First Nation is building a community-based, alternative justice program with support from the Department of Justice. 

Liard First Nation’s Dene Keh Justice team. Back row: Georgina Smith, May Stewart, Melissa Charlie, Daniel Dick (L-R). Front row: Brandy Tizya, Nicole Poppe (L-R)
Liard First Nation

Centring families in the quest for dignity and justice for MMIWG2S+

Yukon’s strategy and implementation plan on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people was developed in close collaboration between Yukon government, First Nations governments, Indigenous women’s organizations, families and Survivors.

Members of the Yukon Advisory Committee on MMIWG2S+ pose with the Implementation Plan after the public launch of the document on June 6, 2023 at Yukon Arts Centre.
Government of Yukon/Manu Kegenhoff

Creating community, culture and connection through sports

The Yukon Aboriginal Sports Circle and Yukon government are working together to advance reconciliation through sport including partnership on the North American Indigenous Games.

Swimmer Kassua Dreyer of the Ross River Dena Council, was Team Yukon’s flag bearer at the Pep rally for the North American Indigenous Games.
Star Flower Photography

Supporting Highways and Public Works staff with First Nations engagement and consultation

The Highways and Public Works’ First Nations Relations Unit provides staff training and supports consultation, engagement and partnership agreements with First Nations.

Tricia Johnson-Drapeau is the Senior Advisor, Sharina Kennedy is the Manager, and Arianna Porter is the Indigenous Training Program Coordinator of the First Nations Relations Unit (L-R).
Sharina Kennedy

Understanding history and culture creates safe places for everyone

The Public Service Commission has developed cultural safety training for Government of Yukon employees.

Juniper Redvers working on a moose hide with her mother.
Juniper Redvers

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