Council for Yukon Indians
Organization profile published 1983

Year Published:  1983  
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2850

Abstract:  The COUNCIL FOR YUKON INDIANS (CYI) was created in 1973, to negotiate a land claims settlement for Yukon Indian people. It is a policy, research and lobbying organization. CYI represents status and non-status Indians. Land claim beneficiaries are those who were at least one-quarter blood as of January 1941 (before the Alaska Highway), and their descendants. All 12 Yukon Indian bands are represented. Each band has an elected Band Council composed of a Chief and at least three councillors. Each band sends its Chief, three councillors and an elder to the CYI General Assembly which meets at least once a year. The Chiefs of the 12 bands meet monthly as the CYI Board of Directors. The five Executives of the Council are elected territorially every two years. They are the Chairman, Vice Chairman-Economic Development, Vice Chairamn-Finance and Administration, Vice Chairman-land Claims, and Vice Chairman-Social Programs.

Resources: "Together Today for Our Children Tomorrow," the original statement of the Yukon Indian claim, needs to be updated Kwandur, a newsletter of CYI events and policies, published once a month free. Contact Jean Van Bibber at the above address. An explanation of land claims to date is presently being produced. Booklets, cassette tapes and video are part of the land claim information program intended to give people in the 12 communities a chance to learn study the land claim agreement-in-principle. Council for Yukon Inidans, a concise information package, free. Requests for more information should be addressed to Jim Beebe.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1983.
See also cx569, cx931.

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