Yukon First Nations leadership to visit United Kingdom with Deputy Premier

Yukon First Nations leaders, pictured here in Ottawa during the 2023 Annual Intergovernmental Forum in Ottawa (Photo: Government of Yukon)

Honouring Our Future: Yukon First Nations Graduation Regalia exhibition to be opened at Canada House in London for three months.

Yukon First Nations leaders will be joining Deputy Premier Jeanie McLean on a trip to the United Kingdom, this week.

In a media release Tuesday evening, the Government of Yukon announced that one of the main events of the delegation’s visit to London will be the opening of the Honouring Our Future: Yukon First Nations Graduation Regalia exhibition at Canada House.

The exhibition was originally displayed at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in January 2021, and has since been displayed in communities across the territories for three years. It showcases graduation regalia from across the territory, and will be in London from June 14 to October 6.

“This is a significant opportunity to advance reconciliation through international collaboration and meaningful roundtable discussions on business development, responsible investment and cultural perspectives,” said Minister McLean in the release. “I’m thrilled to see the Honouring Our Future: Yukon First Nations Graduation Regalia exhibition presented on the international stage. These handcrafted regalia pieces celebrate the artists and will carry their stories overseas.

"We deeply appreciate the dedication of all the First Nations leaders who have joined us on this important trip.”

The delegation will also visit the National Archives and tour the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, which contains Tlingit and Vuntut Gwitchin artifacts.

Yukon First Nations leadership visiting the United Kingdom include Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Chief Barb Joe, Kwanlin Dün First Nation Chief Sean Smith, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Chief Nicole Tom, Ross River Dena Council Chief Dylan Loblaw, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Hähkè Darren Taylor, Teslin Tlingit Council Executive Elder Barbara Hobbis and the Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston.

“Joining the Yukon delegation to London is an opportunity not only for the celebration of our cultural heritage of Yukon First Nations but also in reinforcing our commitment to reconciliation and international collaboration,” said Johnston in the release.

“This journey opens doors for new cultural exchanges and deeper understanding.”

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