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Email: commissioner@gov.yk.ca

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Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7



Commissioner's Award Celebration

Have you, or someone you know received a Commissioner's Award? On November 15th recipients of the Commissioner's Award are invited to a reception. Help us spread the word! Recipients are asked to RSVP through the office at 667-5121.

Exploring the role of the Commissioner of Yukon 

Ever wonder what the role of the Commissioner of Yukon is? Let us take you on a brief journey through Yukon’s history of self-government and the evolving role of the Commissioner, Yukon’s representative. Enjoy the video below.


The Commissioner's Klondike Ball

  Photos of the recent Commissioner's Tea and Ball are now up on our Flickr page, check them out here.

Former commissioner Jim Smith passes away

It is with sadness we note the passing of former Yukon Commissioner Jim Smith. Smith who was 97, acted as commissioner from 1966 to 1976.

Current Commissioner of Yukon Doug Phillips paid tribute to Mr. Smith Friday, calling him “the father of responsible government in Yukon.”

“Jim Smith had a passionate belief that the control and management of Yukon’s land, resources and constitutional affairs should be in the hands of elected Yukoners. He worked tirelessly to achieve that end and for that, all Yukoners are in his debt,” Phillips said.

During his tenure, Commissioner Smith was effectively the premier of the territory, acting as head of the Government of Yukon.

In 1970 Yukon took a big first step towards responsible government. Acting on the advice of Mr. Smith, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Jean Chretien established an executive committee that included two elected members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly to assist the commissioner to run the territory.

“This was the first direct participation of the elected Yukoners in the executive functions their government,” Phillips said. “Jim Smith felt that the commissioner’s role should be changed to become like that of the Lieutenant-Governor of a province rather than as a premier.”

Responsible government in Yukon was finally achieved on October 9, 1979, when the then-Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Jake Epp issued new instructions to Commissioner Ione Christensen to create the first wholly elected Cabinet government in Yukon.

Commissioner Phillips expressed his condolences to Jim’s wife Dorothy and to the members of their family. Flags at the Taylor House, Yukon’s Government House, will fly at half-mast until after the funeral service.