Teslin Tlingit Council Self-Government Agreement

However, the Tribunal found that promises of self-management are meaningless if they cannot be kept due to a lack of funding. Justice Veale wrote that the concept of self-management for First Nations is promising as it is being adopted by Canada and First Nations. However, funding for self-management must be negotiated honourably to ensure that First Nations survive and prosper. Some of the goals of the Focal Claims Agreement were to provide the community with better education and health care and preserve traditions, said Sam Johnston, former TTC boss who was involved in the negotiations. To this end, the agreement contains a comprehensive list of subjects under which TTC takes legislative power and for which TTC is empowered to legislate in the following areas. This decision has considerable value for all self-managed First Nations, particularly those in the Yukon, as the Court reaffirmed and emphasized the importance of self-management in general and the need for adequate funding for self-management. On January 15, 2019, Justice Veale stated that Canada was legally required to negotiate a self-management agreement with the Teslin Tlingit Council, in accordance with its final agreement and sections 16.1 and 16.3 of the self-management agreement. These FTA negotiations must take into account TTC`s actual citizenship funding, which Justice Veale found, which successive Canadian governments have not done, and they must take place before the current TTC free trade agreement expires in March 2019. This agreement sets out a schedule for payments to be made by the federal government to the Teslin Tlingit Council. Under the agreement, TTC is able to negotiate the transfer of responsibility for the design, management and delivery of programs and services for which Canada will provide funding under financial services transfer agreements and programs.

More than 100 people came to the assembly, many in traditional insignia. A massively decorated cake reflected the sense of pride felt throughout the complex. TTC`s legislative powers apply to TTC citizens wherever they are in Yukon. A feast at the local recreation complex was accompanied by live music, dancing, door prizes and speeches from leaders involved in negotiations over focal demands. On February 21, 2011, the Teslin Tlingit Council signed a historic Department of Justice agreement with the Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon. .