Topic: 21st Century Yukon: Reconciliation and a Modern Economy
Progressing the territory through strengthening government-to-government relationships with First Nations and attracting world-class resource investment has made the Yukon’s economy one of the fastest growing in Canada. Premier Sandy Silver will unveil the great potential this new Yukon means to a breadth of sectors.
Biography: Sandy Silver was first elected to the Yukon Legislative Assembly as MLA for Klondike in 2011, and re-elected in 2016. He is proud to serve the constituents of Klondike. To represent the riding effectively, Sandy works closely with the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation, the City of Dawson, the Dawson City Chamber of Commerce, the Klondike Placer Miner’s Association, and other non-profit organizations.
As the leader of the Yukon Liberal Party, Sandy assembled a strong team of outstanding candidates, which saw the Yukon Liberal Caucus grow from a single member in 2011 to a Yukon Liberal majority government with 11 seats in 2016.
Sandy’s vision for the Yukon Liberal Caucus is built upon four key priorities: balancing economic growth with environmental protection, working in partnership with First Nation governments in the spirit of reconciliation, a greater emphasis on the importance of local decision-making by communities, and a government that is open and accountable to Yukoners.
Sandy Silver was sworn in as Premier on December 3, 2016, becoming the first MLA for Klondike to serve as Premier of Yukon. He is also the minister responsible for the Executive Council Office (which includes aboriginal relations and intergovernmental relations), the Minister of Finance, and a member of the Members’ Services Board and Management Board.
A long-time Yukoner, Sandy Silver moved to Dawson in 1998. The incredible community spirit he found there, which allows anyone who is ready, willing, and able to contribute, made it abundantly clear Dawson would become his home.
After moving to Dawson, Sandy led the mathematics department at Robert Service School, where he coached, mentored, and tutored youth from all walks of life. He was also actively involved as an educator in the First Nations community in Dawson, supervising practicums for the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program. His commitment to education led him to get involved with the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Justice department and the restorative justice process, including Community Group Conferencing, and working with youth alongside the Young Offenders Act.
Sandy has volunteered for many community organizations and continues to be an active member in the Dawson community. He is a dedicated participant in the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Moosehide Gatherings, and continues to volunteer for the Dawson City Music Festival each summer.
Sandy Silver has degrees in Math and Psychology from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Maine.