Vuntut Gwitchin Final Agreement

White River First Nation, Ross River Dena Council and Liard First Nation are the remaining Yukon First Nations that have not entered into agreements. The final First Nation agreements include the actual legal agreements of the three parties, the federal government, the Yukon government and the First Nation. These agreements are protected by the Constitution and can only be amended with the agreement of all three parties. They are often referred to as “modern contracts.” The FNFA contains all the provisions of the framework agreement, adding “specific provisions” applicable to the First Nation. The final agreements reach habitat areas and address issues of economy, wildlife, land and resource management and other issues such as cultural heritage. negotiations between Yukon First Nations and the Government of Canada; and later with the Yukon government for the next 20 years, until the final Umbrella Agreement was signed in 1993. This document served as the basis for the final agreements and self-management that would follow immediately and in the years to come. The Ta`an Kwach`an signed their contracts in 2002, one hundred years after Chief Boss`s letter. Land claims and self-management in the Yukon are the result of hard work and determination of a number of trailbreakerns. The trial began in 1902, when the hereditary chief of Ta`an Kwach`an, Jim Boss, wrote urgently to the General Upintendant for Indian affairs, saying, “Tell the king very hard that we want something for our Indians because they are taking our country and our game.” To learn more about how historic and modern Aboriginal contracts continue to shape the Canadian landscape, check out this book: The Vuntut Gwitchin of Old Crow consists of a community of about 300 people. A commune without access to the Other World, you can only reach this village by boat in the summer, snow machine in winter or plane all year round.

This isolation is a blessing for our people, because it allows us to preserve our language, traditional activities such as fishing, fishing, snowshoeing and hunting – especially the hunting of porcupine caribou ovens. Description: The Vuntut Gwitchin is the name of our people, which means in our language “the people of the lakes”. We, the Vuntut Gvitchin, are one of 19 communities spread across the state of Alaska and the Canadian territories of the Yukon and northwestern territories. These 19 villages and towns are inhabited by more than 7,500 people who together form a nation of men: the nation of Gvitchin. Media Contact: Rebecca Shrubb (867) 966-3261 ext. 258 rshrubb@vgfn.net site: www.vgfn.ca/index.php Phone: (867) 966-3261 Strategically placed by Gvitchin Alumni, to intersect with the seasonal migratory routes of the 150,000 to 180,000 strong caribou porcupus (so called because of the herd crossing the Porcupine River during its autumn and spring hikes), the villages of Gwitchin are still this magnificent herd for food, clothing, and various crafts.

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