Sending a Strong and Unified Message.
The Yukon Government is in the process of rewriting Yukon's Oil and Gas Act. The rewrite will effectively take away a veto on oil and gas developments given to Yukon First Nations who had not signed a land claim. That agreement was an essential part of a larger deal to transfer control of Yukon oil and gas from the federal to the territorial level.
But now, the Yukon Party government says it's going to renege on that deal. Energy Minister Brad Cathers says after ten years trying to negotiate new oil and gas developments with the Kaska, it's time to remove the veto and treat all First Nations the same. Yesterday, Yukon chiefs joined the Kaska joined who are united in their opposition of the government plans.
Teslin Tlingit Council Chief Carl Sidney and Liard First Nation Chief Liard McMillan spoke to CBC shortly after Yukon chiefs unanimously approved a news release condemning the government.
Here's some of what they had to say....