CYFNCouncil of Yukon First Nations
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Yukon First Nations vociferously objected to provisions of the bill giving Ottawa authority to issue binding policy directions to the board, which would, together with a new ability to delegate powers to the territorial government, CYFN argued, "permit political interference ...
Although some Yukon First Nations (including the White River First Nation, the Ross River Dene Council, and the Liard First Nation) did not support the DTA, the fact that most Yukon First Nations (through CYFN) were prepared to engage in consultations with Yukon and Canada on devolution, can be contrasted to the situation in the Northwest Territories, where the relationship between the GNWT and Aboriginal groups is often strained (S.
Despite the support of the CYFN, the Yukon government still had to resolve several major issues with the federal government before a devolution transfer agreement could be reached.
From the perspective of most members of the CYFN, "the more power the Yukon government gets, the more power the CYFN gets" (D.
It is also worth considering that the Yukon government's inclusion of First Nations in oil and gas negotiations forged a positive working relationship between the two groups and made it easier for that government to secure the support of the CYFN while negotiating the transfer of the Northern Affairs Program (D.