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“I always knew that I had a deep love for my community and that I wanted to contribute in some way." – Robin Bradasch
As a child, Robin discussed land claims and self-governance at the dinner table, but she never imagined one day becoming the Chief Negotiator for Kluane First Nation or Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada's (CIRNAC) Director of Governance in the Yukon.
In 1994 Robin was called home to Burwash Landing to work as a self-government researcher for Kluane First Nation. She paused her university studies to answer the call of her community.
In a short time, Robin went from being Kluane First Nation's Self-government researcher to their Director of Land Claims, and then eventually to the Chief Negotiator at all three tables: the Lands table, the Self-government table, and the Final Agreement table. The negotiations lasted ten years. On October 18, 2003, Robin and her Nation signed their Final Agreement.
"When I look back on those years — and they flew by — I didn't have an appreciation for how big it was, what we were doing. I was just focused on getting it done. Not until we signed the agreements, could I step back and say, 'Wow, we did this.'"
The most challenging part of the adventure was how personal the work could be. The land negotiations were the most difficult: "There's such a deep connection. I learned early on that sometimes it isn't about the deal; sometimes it's about that one important berry patch to that one family.”