Dave Joe is a citizen of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. The first Native lawyer in Yukon, Dave Joe has spent his career working for the empowerment of Canada’s First Nations. Former chief negotiator for the Council of Yukon First Nations, he was one of the principal architects of the Umbrella Final Agreement, a common template used to negotiate all land claim settlements in the territory. These agreements, many of which he also negotiated, have helped create strong First Nations communities and more positive relations between Native and non-Native people.
Dave was called to the bar in 1977 in the Yukon and in 1999 in British Columbia; and still acts as legal advisor for Yukon, British Columbia, and Northwest Territories First Nations.