Court ruling says Ottawa should fund First Nations based on citizenship, not status
‘We as Nations here in the Yukon look at all our citizens, regardless of status or non-status, as all our people,’ said Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston. (Mike Rudyk/CBC)
he Grand Chief of Council of Yukon First Nations is hailing this week’s ruling by the territory’s Supreme Court as a huge win. Peter Johnston says the court decision will have implications throughout the territory, and result in a significant increase in federal funding for self-governing First Nations.
The Teslin Tlingit Council’s 1993 self-government agreement established the definition of citizenship.
“This definition of citizenship was a monumental achievement because it terminated the colonial and divisive status versus non-status distinction that artificially divided Yukon First Nation members,” Veale wrote in his decision. MORE