Yukon NDP mourns First Nations self-government trailblazer Robert Hager

The Yukon NDP caucus is mourning the passing of former Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Chief Robert Hager this morning.

“Former Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Chief Robert Hager was a formidable force in Yukon land claims negotiations,” said Yukon NDP Leader Liz Hanson. “The First Nation’s 1984 decision to reject the proposed agreement because it did not reflect First Nations governance was one of the factors that led to a parliamentary review of Canada's position on self-government – and ultimately the negotiation of self-government as part of Yukon’s land claims process. Chief Hager was not only one of the chiefs who travelled to Ottawa with Elijah Smith in 1973 to present the groundbreaking Together Today for our Children Tomorrow document, he was also chief when the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun became one of the first four Yukon First Nations to sign their final and self-government agreements on May 29, 1993.”

Mayo—Tatchun MLA Jim Tredger, whose riding includes the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun First Nation, added that “Robert worked extremely hard for his community to protect Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and Northern Tutchone traditions. He was a true leader. Chief Hager maintained his contact with the land throughout his life, and he shared that with his community.”