Betty Lucas is a fierce, independent Na-Cho Nyak Dun Elder armed with generations of knowledge passed down to her.

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Mapping the Way celebrates and raises awareness about the Yukon's modern treaties – the Final and Self-Government Agreements. Read stories on the negotiation and implementation of the Agreements and the people and events that helped map the way to a new governance landscape for all Yukoners.
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The Yukon Native Brotherhood Meeting
Council of Yukon First Nations
In 1973 the Yukon Native Brotherhood and the Yukon Association of Non-Status Indians came together to form the Council for Yukon Indians – known today as the Council of Yukon First Nations – in order to negotiate land claims on behalf of all Yukon First Nations people.
Vuntut National Park
Vuntut National Park
Vuntut National Park was established through the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Final Agreement in 1995, to protect the traditional and current Gwich’in way of life, and the water, plants and animals essential to their culture.
A photo of Chief Jim Boss standing in traditional clothes with one hand on the back of the chair
Chief Jim Boss (Kishoot)
In 1900, Chief Jim Boss (Kishoot) recognized the effect of settlers and petitioned the Government of Canada and wrote to the Yukon Commissioner and the Superintendent General of Indian Affairs requesting compensation for his people’s loss of land and hunting grounds.
A bear in Ni''iinlii Njik
Ni''iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park
Have you visited Ni''iinlii Njik (Fishing Branch) Territorial Park? Together, the park (whose name means "where fish spawn") and adjacent Habitat Protection Area and Settlement Lands protect a distinct ecosystem in the Traditional Territory of the Vuntut Gwichin First Nation.
black and white photo of historic buildings with mountains in the background
Tséi Zhéłe / Sinwaa Éex’i Yé / Conrad Historic Site
Tséi Zhéłe / Sinwaa Éex’i Yé / Conrad Historic Site is a place for sharing, protecting and reconnecting with our heritage and culture.
The Ddhaw Ghro Habitat
The Ddhaw Ghro Habitat
The Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection Area is an environmentally and culturally rich area located between the Pelly and Stewart Rivers.
Kusawa Territorial Park
Kusawa Territorial Park
Kusawa Territorial Park (park in progress) is designated as a Special Management Area in two Land Claim Agreements and is part of three Traditional Territories: Carcross/Tagish, Champagne and Aishihik, and Kwanlin Dün First Nations.
Caribou antlers on land in a pile near the banks of a river
Van Tat K’atr’anahtii (Old Crow Flats)
For millennia, the Gwich’in have lived in and travelled to the Van Tat, British Mountains, and Porcupine River area in northern Yukon for centuries.
Elijah Smith in 1973 on CBC
Elijah Smith
Elijah Smith, or Tä Me in Southern Tutchone, was born in Champagne in 1912. In 1973, he led a delegation of Yukon First Nation leaders to Ottawa to present Together Today for our Children Tomorrow to the Prime Minister of Canada, which marked the beginning of modern land claim negotiations in the Yukon.