January 27, 2011
First Nations and PSAC agree to collaborate on promotion of rights and aspirations
Whitehorse - The Public Service Alliance of Canada and two Yukon First Nations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recognizing the rights of First Nation communities to implement their self-government agreements. They have agreed to consult and collaborate on initiatives relating to the transfer of government programs and services and the achievement of a representative public service, recognizing that collective bargaining rights are important in protecting and improving the terms and conditions of employment in the public service.
The signatories to the MoU are John Gordon, National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Laurie Butterworth President of the Yukon Employees' Union (YEU), a component of the PSAC, Simon Mervyn, Chief of the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun and Eddie Taylor, Chief of the First Nation of Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in.
Through this Memorandum of Understanding, the union and the Chiefs agreed to consult and support efforts to advance the transfer of services and to work toward a better understanding of each other's aspirations.
For John Gordon, this agreement is part of PSAC's long-term commitment in recognizing the rights and aspirations of First Nations and working cooperatively to establish self-government, economic development and healthy communities.
“PSAC supports First Nations self-government and this MoU is a progressive step in recognizing the First Nations' rights, while respecting collective agreements to ensure fair treatment for workers and their communities,” Gordon said.
“We share many common values with PSAC and the Yukon Employees Union,” said Na-cho Nyak Dun Chief Simon Mervyn.“This MoU will help both the First Nations and the union to promote our respective rights and achieve our shared aspirations”.
Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Chief Eddie Taylor stated that “This dialogue with PSAC is a significant step towards removing impediments to self-government. In the past the government of Yukon has held out the union as a barrier to achieving a representative public service and taking down Yukon programs. We never believed them, but it's great to explode that myth once and for all and move forward in partnership with the union”.
“Our members have enjoyed a close working relationship with the people of Yukon First Nations for many years", said YEU President Laurie Butterworth. "This agreement strengthens that relationship by protecting the rights of union members and advancing the goals of the First Nations”, said Laurie Butterworth. “
To arrange media interviews, please contact:
Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications
Bob Nardi, Yukon Employees' Union
Tim Gerberding, TH Director of Implementation
Art Hoogland, NND Implementation Officer
867 996-2265 ext. 119
Date Modified : 2011/01/27