• Yukon’s workforce is highly educated, skilled, motivated and productive.
  • Partnerships are key to our success.
  • Yukon is open for business.
  • Yukon has been a site location for a number of feature films including the 20th Century Fox's, "The Big Year" starring Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black.
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises continue to be Yukon’s largest private sector employer.
  • Yukon is home to one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits and one of the world’s largest undeveloped lead-zinc districts.
  • Yukon businesses are leading the way.
  • Yukoners enjoy a very high quality of life.

Land Claims

Yukon has set the standard for establishing land claim agreements to enable First Nations' self-governance, formally recognizing their legal rights as governments to lead their citizens and govern their lands. Eleven of fourteen First Nations have settled land claim agreements with the Government of Yukon (see map below).

It is imperative that any mining operation enter into discussions with First Nation governments early. Yukon First Nations have developmental corporations who encourage development projects to ensure long-term, sustained and responsible use of resources.

Yukon First Nation governments and communities can provide a valuable source of labour, training and building capacity as well as equity acquisition opportunities.

Yukon encourages effective, stable partnerships with First Nations and offers many resources to help mining companies and investors learn about the traditional lands they are working with and how to work with First Nations throughout the development process to ensure maximum benefits for all.

Through the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act the Government of Yukon has established one board (YESAB - see Environmental Assessment Board) to assess the impact of projects and activities on the territory. Through the act and many other tools, Yukon facilitates responsible development of Yukon and traditional First Nations' land.

To view a map of “Traditional Territories of Yukon Fist Nations” click here.

For more information, please refer to the Yukon Chamber of Mines' Quick Reference Guide, contact landclaims@gov.yk.ca or for a list of Yukon First Nations and contact information, please click here.

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