Yukon Forum

The Yukon Forum is a regular meeting between leaders of the Government of Yukon, Yukon First Nations and the Council of Yukon First Nations.

The goal of the Yukon Forum is to build strong government-to-government relations and collaborate on shared priorities. The Yukon Forum was established in 2005 under the Cooperation in Governance Act.

Yukon Forum newsletter

Yukon Forum priorities

The Yukon Forum has four joint priority areas:

  • fiscal relations;
  • bilateral and trilateral engagement on justice, health and social services, education and heritage;
  • land claim and self-government implementation; and
  • ensuring the territory’s legislative agenda considers First Nation priorities.

Read the Yukon Forum declaration and joint priority action plan

Yukon Forum outcomes

In January 2017, the governments signed a declaration to renew the Forum and committed the governments to meet four times yearly.

In May 2017, the governments agreed on the four joint priority areas.

In September 2017, the Yukon Forum approved a joint priority action plan. It lays out the next steps on topics such as justice, heritage, education, health, land claim agreement implementation and fiscal relations.

In June 2018, the Yukon Forum agreed to add fish and wildlife to the joint priority action plan.

Some key accomplishments on the joint priorities include:

  • Memorandum of Understanding on mining;
  • Memorandum of Understanding to reset the relationship under the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act;
  • an agreement to clarify how resource royalties are shared under Chapter 23 of the Final Agreements; and
  • collaborative meetings to identify recommendations and priorities related to land use planning, justice and land-based healing.

Yukon Forum news

September 13, 2018: Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations meet in Dawson for Yukon Forum

June 18, 2018: Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations meet in Carcross for Yukon Forum

May 7, 2018: Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations meet for first Yukon Forum of the year

December 15, 2017: Canada, Yukon and Yukon First Nations Governments Meet at the Intergovernmental Forum and Reach Agreement on Implementation of Yukon Environmental Assessment Legislation

December 15, 2017: Government of Yukon and First Nations wrap up fourth Yukon Forum of 2017

September 29, 2017: Government of Yukon and Yukon First Nations approve next steps for collaboration on joint priorities

May 26, 2017: Government of Yukon and First Nations to collaborate on shared priorities

January 13, 2017: Government of Yukon and First Nations sign intergovernmental declaration