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 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.
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.