Open letter to NDP Leader Liz Hanson and Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski:
I’m concerned about the relationship between governments in the territory. My understanding of First Nation self-governing agreements and how they work is that within any self-governing jurisdiction the three governments have equal import - consensus between federal, territorial and First Nation governments are each integral to any agreement about land use, economic development and well, anything.
The eight-point mandate that the territorial government has put forth states that they will “respect First Nations’ final agreements.” But hasn’t the territorial government now broken the agreement/law by disregarding the agreement signed in January 2011?
The Yukon is considered a national and worldwide leader in our development of functional and guiding self-government agreements, but this eight-point mandate that seems to violate the agreement itself, while stating that it’s respecting it, does not bode well for the other self-governing agreements in Yukon, democracy in Canada or the Peel River watershed.
What am I missing? Why is this mandate acceptable?