Voices of Vision: Yukon Aboriginal Self-Government

The Yukon is a land of trailblazers in Aboriginal self-government. Since 1995, 11 of Yukon's 14 First Nations have become self-governing, and account for more than half of the national total of self-governing First Nations. In this podcast series, Voices of Vision: Yukon Aboriginal Self-Government, some of the key people who have been involved in the continuing journey of self-government and implementation share their stories in their own words.

The podcast series, Voices of Vision: Yukon Aboriginal Self-Government, was created in partnership with the Council of Yukon First Nations, the Government of Yukon, the Government of Canada and Self-Governing Yukon First Nations.

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An interview with John Burdek

John Burdek has long been a familiar face at many levels of government in the Yukon. Read more.

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21:44 minutes (19.91 MB)


An interview with Robert Hager

Robert Hager grew up following traditional pursuits like hunting, fishing and trapping. Read more.

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20:03 minutes (18.37 MB)


An interview with Dave Joe

Dave Joe is a citizen of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and a distinguished lawyer. Read more.

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20:59 minutes (19.23 MB)


An interview with Sam Johnston

Sam Johnston is a well-respected Teslin Tlingit elder with an impressive political history. Read more.

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15:20 minutes (14.04 MB)


An interview with Angie Joseph-Rear

Angie Joseph-Rear was active in the self-government process as a Chief, councillor and community member. Read more.

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18:37 minutes (17.06 MB)


An interview with Joe Linklater

Joe Linklater is a seasoned political leader and program manager with considerable experience in building and implementing public policy and First Nation self-governance. Read more.

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17:04 minutes (15.63 MB)


An interview with Lesley McCullough

Lesley McCullough has extensive legal and policy experience in governance and Aboriginal rights. Read more.

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19:55 minutes (18.24 MB)


An interview with Doris McLean

Doris McLean is an outspoken leader and advocate whose work has touched many aspects of Yukon life. Read more.

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24:45 minutes (22.67 MB)


An interview with Hal Mehaffey

Hal Mehaffey founded Mehaffey Consulting in 1992 after eight years as the Band Manager of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun in Mayo, Yukon. Read more.

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15:42 minutes (14.39 MB)


An interview with Adeline Webber

Adeline Webber has worked tirelessly toward the recognition and acknowledgement of Aboriginal women's rights. Read more.

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18:08 minutes (16.62 MB)


The content of the podcast interviews is intended to deepen public understanding of the history of land claims and self-government implementation in the Yukon, and represent the opinions and ideas of the interviewees alone.

  • Carcross/Tagish First Nation
  • Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
  • Council of Yukon First Nations
  • Kluane First Nation
  • Kwanlin Dun First Nation
  • Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation
  • First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun
  • Selkirk First Nation
  • Ta'an Kwach'an Council
  • Teslin Tlingit Council
  • Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in
  • Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
  • Government of Yukon
  • Government of Canada/Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

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