FOR RELEASE: November 9, 2017
Yukon First Nations Encouraged with the Passing of Bill C-17
Whitehorse, Yukon – Yukon First Nations are pleased that the House of Commons has passed Bill C-17 without amendment. It is now being referred to the Senate for consideration.
Bill C-17 reverses controversial provisions brought into effect through Bill S-6, which were opposed by the Yukon First Nations. Bill S-6 provisions were considered invalid and contrary to the provisions, spirit and intent of the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements.
“We have been working with both the Federal and Territorial governments to ensure the Final Agreements are being honoured,” said CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston. “While we are not there yet, this is a significant step to ensure that the YESAA process is consistent with the provisions of our land claim agreements.”
Bill C-17 represents what can be achieved when the parties commit to working together on areas of mutual interest and concern.
“Bill C-17 supports the restoration of confidence in Yukon’s environmental and socio-economic assessment process while protecting the integrity of our Agreements,” added CYFN Grand Chief Johnston.
Communications, Council of Yukon First Nations
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