02/14/2013 11:24 EST | Updated 04/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Yukon chiefs attend special summit marking fortieth anniversary of title talks

WHITEHORSE - The drive for land claim settlements in Yukon officially began 40 years ago and First Nations leaders who launched the campaign are meeting to consider their achievements.

A summit is being held in Whitehorse, reuniting the chiefs who travelled to Ottawa on Feb. 14, 1973 to hand their land claim document to then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

The document entitled "Together Today For Our Children Tomorrow," was the first formal outline of proposals to secure aboriginal title in the territory.

Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Ruth Massie says the original chiefs and all other aboriginal leaders over the last four decades have been invited to the special summit.

She says it is a gathering to honour them.

More formal meetings will be held Friday when current chiefs discuss issues stemming from ongoing land claims. (CKRW)