Yukon Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale said Canada has failed to meet its obligations under the TTC`s self-government agreements by not funding all of its citizens. The tribunal found that Canada funded only the TTC and other Yukon First Nations on the number of “status” citizens. However, the TTC self-management agreement distinguishes between citizens with Indian status and those without Indian status. In 1995, TTC signed the final agreement of the State of Claims and Self-Government Agreement in 1995 in good faith. Their preference, like their history, is to negotiate with governments to realize their interests. TTC is disappointed that it has had to go to court to confirm what they have said consistently since 2010. However, they see this decision as a turning point in the continuation of the finalization of a financial transfer agreement with Canada, which provides resources to meaningfully meet the needs of their citizens. “Justice Vaele`s decision sets a positive precedent and the important realization that modern treaties, particularly the TTC Autonomy Agreement, are of the utmost importance to federal policy. This case indicates to Canada that the judicious realization of administrative autonomy requires the federal government to meet its constitutional obligations under the final agreements and self-management. Federal officials cannot continue to use the lens of the Indian Act to use our agreements,” said the region`s chief. Yukon First Nation Children and families deserve appropriate programs and services, supported by adequate funding, based on the overall population of citizens, which is determined by each First Nation. After decades of negotiations, the TTC and other Yukon First Nations have entered into modern treaties to reach an agreement that would allow Canada and the TTC to support their shared priorities. The main purpose of the agreement is to enable the citizens of Teslin Tlingit to achieve self-determination, in accordance with their principles and values, regardless of the categories of status or non-status imposed by the State. “Self-management agreements have the potential to create a modern and effective relationship between First Nations and Canada, but Canada must deliver on its promises once the agreements are concluded,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde.
Otherwise, First Nations will not sign these documents. TTC has signed its final and self-management agreements on the condition that its self-governing authority is supported by fair funding from Canada. This is not the case and Canada is undermining its credibility. I encourage the TTC to fight for its people and its rights. For several years, TTC has stressed the importance of adequate funding for all its citizens, in accordance with the terms of their self-management agreements. Regional Chief Adamek says the court`s decision confirms the opinion and interpretation of its agreements by LA TTC. Teslin Tlingit`s traditional territory covers 27,275 square kilometres in the Yukon territory and approximately 10,000 square kilometres in British Columbia. By the final agreement, the Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC) retained the title of 2395.74 km2 of residential land. Permissions are required for all developments on TTC Settlement Lands and all proponents of industrial activity in the traditional territory should first contact the Lands and Resources Department. The Lands and Resources Department is responsible for overseeing all activities in the traditional territory of Teslin Tlingit to ensure sustainable land use for current and future generations. The Executive Council meets regularly throughout the year and oversees laws and policies approved by the General Council and heads other authorities mandated by the General Council. The Executive Board links the legislative domain (general council) to the administrative branch (board of directors and divisions) of the Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC).
The Director-General is responsible for the political direction of the TTC with the other executive councils.