A Statement of Goals Respecting the Yukon Indian Claim: Document#2, March 8, 1977Publisher: Planning Council Yukon Indian Claim, Council for Yukon Indians, Canada
Year Published: 1977
Pages: 2pp Price: free
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX503
The basic goal of the Yukon Indians is that of self-determination or a greater degree of control over their destiny.
Abstract: The basic goal of the Yukon Indians is that of self-determination or a greater degree of control over their destiny. They hope to achieve this through their land claims. This document outlines more specifically the goals the Planning Council has agreed upon so that this ultimate goal of self-determination can be realized.
The goals outlined are three-fold: 1) the preservation of the Yukon Indians' identity and their right to choose a life-style that is in harmony with their cultural heritage. 2) compensation in land and "other forms" in order that the Yukon Indians can build a solid economic base upon which to root their culture. 3) promote more participation by Yukon Indians in the "one-government structure" of the territorial government. This is in direct contrast to the N.W.T.'s Dene nation concept.
The document furthermore outlines the conditions within which these goals should be worked out. For example, the land claims settlement should be "consistent with the federal government's approach to the resolution of comprehensive native claims in Canada."