Premier Sandy Silver released the following statement today:
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Joe Linklater. On behalf of the Government of Yukon, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, colleagues and community of Mr. Linklater.
Mr. Linklater was a strong leader and advocate for his community of Old Crow. He served as Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation for 16 years, from 1998–2010 and again from 2012–2014.
He was a well-respected leader on the local, national and international stage. He held many roles – participating in the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, Arctic Council and Gordon Foundation, chairing the Gwich’in Council International, establishing a number of community volunteer groups and acting as a powerful advocate for the Porcupine Caribou Herd.
Mr. Linklater was committed to serving his community. He helped to significantly advance the self-governance of his First Nation and he was well known for his expertise in establishing and overseeing economic development, education and capacity building initiatives that benefited his community.
Mr. Linklater left a legacy of leadership, dedication and community service. He will be missed greatly, by many.