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Order of Yukon

About the Order of Yukon

The Order of Yukon is a new honour we have created that will recognize Yukoners who have demonstrated high achievement and made an outstanding contribution to society.

 It will be the highest honour in the territory similar to orders in other provinces and territories.

  • We are the last jurisdiction in Canada to establish an Order at this level. The Government of Yukon has been working for some time to establish the Order building on the work done by former Commissioner Doug Phillips.
  • The nomination period is open now. The Advisory Council, which will consider the nominations and recommend recipients to the Chancellor of the Order, will meet in the fall.
  • The position of Chancellor of the Order is part of the structure of having an Order and is held by the Commissioner of Yukon.
  • Our intention is to make the first appointments to the Order at the Commissioner's Levee on January 1, 2020. Nominations opened up in June 2019 for the public to nominate deserving living  long-time Yukoners.

Questions and answers

When are nominations due?

You can submit nominations at any time and they will normally be reviewed once a year. Contact the Secretary of the Order at the Office of the Commissioner of Yukon about upcoming reviews at or 867-667-5121.

Can you nominate someone who has passed away?

No, the  nominated person must be a living Canadian Citizen that has been or still is a long-time Yukoner. It cannot be presented posthumous.

Can we nominate someone who is in office now?

No, Members of Parliament, MLAs, First Nations Chiefs and Councillors, Mayors and Councillor, and judgets are not eligible while they are in office.

What is needed to nominate someone?

We need the contact information for the nominator, the nominee or candidate,  why they are deserving of the award and 2-3 signed letters of references in support of the nomination. These can be submitted by email or in hardcopy.

Why is the Order of Yukon higher status than the Commissioner’s Awards?

The Order of Yukon is the highest honour in Yukon and equivalent to similar honours across the country.

This is important in particular for the acceptance to the Canadian Order of Precedence, which will allow people who are members of the Order of Yukon and the Order of Canada to wear both insignia side by side.


Can I nominate someone now for the Order of Yukon?

 Yes, nominations are open now. Click here.

Will members of the Order of Yukon receive a medal they can wear? What will it look like?

The Order of Yukon's design was unveiled on July 10, 2019 at an Open House. The ribbon is the colours of the Yukon Flag.



How will the Advisory Council for the Order of Yukon be selected?

The members of the Advisory Council are set out in the Order of Yukon Act.

The Chief Justice is the Chair. Other members are the Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, President of the Yukon College, and the Cabinet Secretary.

The Council of Yukon First Nations will recommend a member and the Commissioner, as the Chancellor of the Order, will choose two other members.

The Advisory Council draws on people from significant social institutions in Yukon and from members of the public and First Nations community. This make-up provides for a broad view of who are deserving Yukoners.