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Statement from the Regional Chief on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, Regional Chief Kluane Adamek issued the following statement from the celebrations taking place in Kluane First Nation: “I’m thrilled to be in Kluane territory joining the Elders and the community in marking National Indigenous Peoples Day, and celebrating being Kluane First Nation, Southern Tutchone, Tlingit and Dakławeidi. “This National …

Regional Chief Adamek and National Chief Bellegarde Call for Protection of ANWR in Open Letter to U.S. Government

  Assembly of First Nations Interim Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek and National Chief Perry Bellegarde signed the following open letter to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Tuesday, June 19, 2018 marks the final day the bureau is accepting comments from the public as they review allowing sales of oil and gas leases in …

Regional Chief Adamek Encourages Public to Call for Protection of ANWR

For immediate release WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Assembly of First Nations Interim Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek is encouraging the public to stand in solidarity with the Gwich’in and call for full protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska (ANWR), the home of the Porcupine Caribou’s sacred calving grounds. The caribou are a vital …

Greetings from Regional Chief Adamek on the Mothers of the Land Gathering

Thank you Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society and Liard First Nation for hosting this essential gathering. As our entire planet experiences dramatic changes to the climate and environment, I am encouraged by your efforts to bring people together in thinking critically about their relationship with the land. As Indigenous people know so very well, the land …

Greetings from the AFN National Chief on the 43rd Annual First Nation Graduation Ceremony

On May 25, 2018, 128 Indigenous graduates were honoured at the 2018 First Nation Graduation Ceremony held at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse.  Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde sent the following message to mark this special occassion.   MESSAGE FROM ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS NATIONAL CHIEF PERRY BELLEGARDE On behalf of …

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Regional Chief Adamek Stands With The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Calling for the Protection Of ANWR

May 8, 2018   Whitehorse, Yukon – On April 20, 2018, the U.S. government announced it would begin a 60-day public review on the sale of oil and gas leases in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).  Interim Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek issued the following …

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Statement from Interim Regional Chief Adamek on the Passing of Former VGFN Chief Joe Linklater

April 9, 2018   Interim AFN Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek issued the following statement on the passing of Joe Linklater, a former Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and respected Yukon First Nation Leader: “Like many across the Yukon and beyond, I am heartbroken by the loss of former Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Joe …