“Yukon First Nation ancestors had a lifelong connection to salmon and their aquatic ecosystems. They stewarded a reciprocal relationship based on natural law and respect.”
The Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) was successful in its proposal to the Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management (AAROM) program to establish the Yukon First Nations Salmon Stewardship Alliance in 2019.
Working closely with Yukon First Nations and DFO, CYFN drafted a strategic plan and selected a name for the Yukon First Nation Salmon Stewardship Alliance. The strategic plan has garnered the support of most Yukon First Nations when presented at the CYFN Leadership table. The Parties are committed to the vision outlined below. CYFN hired dedicated staff members to lead YFNSSA’s initiatives.
YFNSSA is envisioned to be an ecosystem-centric organization that speaks with “one voice” in advocating for healthy populations of salmon, freshwater fish, and aquatic resources in the Yukon. Our primary goal is to contribute to the restoration of Yukon’s salmon runs. We also strongly emphasize upholding Yukon First Nations traditional practices, recognizing Aboriginal titles and rights, and supporting Indigenous approaches in the Yukon.
The YFNSSA works toward realizing its vision by pursuing five overarching goals:
YFNSSA initiatives to achieve these goals include: