FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 14, 2023
“Today is a very important day in the Yukon’s long and storied history.
“It was 50 years ago that First Nations trailblazers had the foresight, knowledge and courage to travel to Ottawa and present the groundbreaking document Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow to the Prime Minister of Canada.
“This document not only charted a path for Yukon First Nations, but for the Yukon as a territory.
“It did something at the time that was not talked about; state the grievances of First Nations people to the Canadian government.
“That historic document went a step further. It presented a plan for First Nations to work alongside the Canadian government and all Canadians for the betterment of our territory and country.
“It set the stage for Umbrella Final Agreements and settled land claims in the territory.
“The presentation of Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow began a journey that continues 50 years later. There is work to do to realize the dreams of those First Nations leaders who journeyed to Ottawa. We must join together to make that happen.
“Finally, I want to extend my congratulations to all Yukon First Nations leaders and citizens on this historic occasion. You bring this document to life, and I know you will honour those who travelled to Ottawa in February of 1973 for the next 50 years and beyond.”