The Yukon government is under fire after it called off a meeting with First Nation leaders.

In the legislature, opposition politicians say it points to a confrontational attitude from the government.

NDP leader Liz Hanson says the Yukon Forum — between the territorial and First Nation governments — was created to deal with the problems that come up between them.

According to Hanson, Premier Darrell Pasloski disrespected his First Nation counterparts by cancelling last week's meeting at the last minute.

"The fact of the matter is, Yukon First Nation leadership were gathered here [in Whitehorse] and we're notified after they got here that the meeting had been cancelled or postponed," Hanson said.

But the premier says the meeting was postponed until the new year because officials weren't ready.

"This government continues to work with First Nations and has done so for many years," Pasloski said.

He added that in many instances, like when it comes to funding and land claims, his government is going beyond what it's legally required to do.