“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the passing of Chief Mike Smith.
Chief Smith was a visionary who cared deeply about the wellbeing of Yukon’s First Nations.
Chief Smith devoted much of his life serving his people; as a lawyer, a three term chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, a past chair of the Council of Yukon Indians and as the Yukon’s regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations.
It was a pleasure to have worked closely with Chief Smith over the years. I remember how proud he was the day he signed the Kwanlin Dün land claim and self-government agreement, giving KDFN control over their own destiny.
While Chief Smith’s leadership will be missed, his legacy will live on through his work, his family and the generations of leaders he mentored.”
Office of Larry Bagnell, MP Yukon