The Council of Yukon First Nations receives direction on an annual basis from the General Assembly, which meets usually for a period of three days during the summer months. It is hosted by one of the First Nations at a location on the land. The General Assembly, the overall governing body of the organization, is made up of delegations representing each of the 14 member First Nations. There are usually five people chosen by each First Nation from their own executive and membership, these usually being the Chief, two council members, an elder, and a youth. Together with the Grand Chief of the CYFN, these delegates have the right to conduct business at the General Assembly and to cast votes as necessary. Any changes to the CYFN constitution are done by the General Assembly. The General Assembly also receives reports from each of the departments at CYFN. The General Assembly sets overall political direction for the organization for the coming year.
The annual CYFN General Assembly will be held in Whitehorse from July 5 to July 7, 2011. For more information on the General Assembly, please contact 393-9200.