The Yukon government understands how important it is to remember the territory’s history in a way that recognizes the long-standing presence of Indigenous peoples since the beginning of time and the significant events that shaped Yukon’s role in joining the Confederation of Canada.
Today, in honor of the Yukon’s 125th birthday, a special session of the Yukon Legislative Assembly was held in Dawson City. This area became the Yukon Territory when it separated from the Northwest Territories on June 13, 1898, and joined the Confederation.
The following motion was commemorated and debated by assembly members:
Motion No. 733
THAT the Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly forward the following address to the people of Yukon:
WHEREAS June 13, 2023 is the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Yukon Territory in Canada; and
WHEREAS Yukoners value the history and heritage of the land and its peoples;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Yukon Legislative Assembly acknowledges and celebrates the history and heritage of the land, its peoples and the lives, traditions, and cultures of all Yukoners past and present and pledges to continue to improve the lives of all Yukoners for generations to come.
Additionally, Assembly members paid tribute to two prominent community members who recently passed away: Peter Jenkins, former Dawson City mayor, and Peggy Kormendy, respected Elder and former Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Chief.