Our Communities
Yukon First Nations are proud to welcome you to Yukon!
First Nations people live in communities throughout the Yukon and travel widely for work and on the land for seasonal harvesting.

When you travel throughout Yukon, whether you drive the highways, hike the trails or paddle the rivers, remember that there are two separate worlds woven together here. One is modern, the other is ancient.
Beaver Creek | Burwash Landing | Carcross | Carmacks | Dawson City | Haines Junction | Mayo | Old Crow | Pelly Crossing | Ross River | Teslin | Watson Lake | Whitehorse

Beaver Creek

Home to White River First Nation


Beaver Creek Services: Accommodations, Restaurants, Gas Station, Yukon Visitor Information Centre
Our Attractions: BorderTown Museum, White River First Nation Administration Building
Contact Info:
White River First Nation
(867) 862-7802
whiteriverfirstnation.com
Dínt’i is our Northern Tutchone way of saying: "How are you?" and in Upper Tanana we say: Nts’ ätdiit’eh. Beaver Creek is a busy hub of activity on the Alaska Highway at the Yukon-Alaska border.

Our people have lived here since long ago— archaeological evidence dates back 10,000 years! We are related to Upper Tanana people in Northway, AK Tetlin, AK and Tanacross, AK and Northern Tutchone people to the south and east of Yukon. Elders speak both languages.

We teach our children hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering on the land with respect for animals and plants that sustain us. We practice our cultural heritage by drumming, dancing, and singing together.

Many fine artists sew, paint and carve in both traditional and contemporary styles. Our General Assembly is the governing body that oversees community health, natural resource management and language and culture.

Burwash Landing

Home to Kluane First Nation


Photo: Jared Dulac
Burwash/Destruction Bay Services: Accomodations, Restaurants, Gas Station, Mini Mart, First Nations Arts & Craft
Our Attractions: Kluane Museum of Natural History
Contact Info:
Kluane First Nation
(867) 841-4274
kfn.ca
Dännch’e - How are you? Kluane First Nation citizens speak an Athabaskan language, the Southern Tutchone in the Kluane dialect. The main KFN administration and residential community is situated in Burwash Landing a community on the pristine shores of Kluane Lake.

For countless generations our people have lived by hunting and gathering in this mountainous region. Today , we have winter and summer camps throughout our Traditional Territory to pick berries, fish and hunt together as a community.

Gold was discovered in our region after the Klondike Rush and newcomers established a trading post here around 1904. During the early 1940’s our communities and lives were changed by Alaska Highway construction, the establishment of Kluane Game Sanctuary, and the Kluane National Park & Reserve; we were prohibited to hunting within these lands in our Traditional Territory. For years our children were placed in residential schools many miles away from family and community.

Kluane First Nation concluded 35 years of negotiations for a settlement with the Governments of Canada and Yukon Territory when we signed our Kluane First Nation Final Agreement, the land claims settlement, and the Kluane First Nation Self Government Agreement in 2003. Both these agreements have been the basis for our citizens to regain control of their lives, lands and waters.

You are welcome to visit our Traditional Territory and the national and territory parks within, also stop by the Kluane Museum of Natural History with its unique cultural & wildlife exhibits. If fishing is in your future, there are several business to take you out on Kluane Lake. Nanänúchi – (see you sometime in the future).

Carcross

Home to Carcross/Tagish First Nation


Photo: HPJ Photography
Carcross Services: Visitor Information Centre, White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad, Carcross Heritage Complex, Accommodations, Mini Mart, Gas Station, Gift Shops
Our Attractions: Montana Mountain Biking, Hiking , Carcross Commons, Carving Studio, The Skookum Jim Housey
Contact Info:
Carcross/Tagish First Nation
(867) 821-4251
ctfn.ca
Dänit’é or Mâ sá iyatiì are the two ways we greet people in the Tagish language and Inland Tlingit. We invite you to visit the fabulous Carcross Commons with shops, restaurants, and visitor services nestled in spectacular mountains between Nares and Bennet lakes. You can explore a tiny northern dessert nearby, mountain bike on award winning trails, and experience stories told by Elders of long ago days when animals and people talked together in this land.

We are descendants of interior Tagish people and coastal Tlingit traders who travelled over the mountains from Alaska. For centuries before the Klondike Rush our people exchanged ocean products and European goods for fine Yukon furs and hides.

We welcomed the first prospectors in the late 1800s, then tens of thousands of stampeders in 1897-98. Soon the White Pass & Yukon Route railroad replaced the old trails. Our people were engulfed by all the sudden changes in our lands. We survived many difficulties and signed our Settlement and Self Government Agreement in 2006. Today the Carcross Tagish First Nation delivers health, social and economic development programs for our citizens.

Carmacks

Home to Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation


Carmacks Services: Visitor Information Services, RV Campgrounds, Accommodations, Restaurants, Gas Station, Riverside Board Walk
Our Attractions: Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre
Contact Info:
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation
(867) 863-5576
lscfn.ca
Däninch’i is how we say: "How are you?" in our Northern Tutchone language at Carmacks, which is located on the banks of the mighty Yukon River. For thousands of years we have lived by hunting, gathering and trapping fine furs, the Tlingit traders came down river from the coast for many generations to trade with the Northern Tutchone people of Carmacks.

Then Klondike stampeders floated past our fish camps to Dawson City and for many years our families worked at woodcamps to supply sternwheelers with fuel for the long journey up and down the Yukon River. After the Klondike Highway opened in the 1950s, the old river life ended and our people moved to Carmacks from Little Salmon Village and other river camps. Some of our men worked at the Tantalus coal mine, until a coal fire started underground, to this very day you can see the Smoke rising out of the Coal Mine Hills around Carmacks.

We maintain our traditions today, along with close ties to relatives in many communities. In 1997 we completed our Land Claims and Self Government Agreements to establish ourselves as a Self Governing First Nation. We welcome visitors at our Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre. Where we are ready to share our traditions and stories with you!

Dawson City

Home to Trondëk Hwëch’in First Nation


Dawson City Services: Full Range of visitor services & amenities including retail shops, restaurants, accommodations, and gas stations
Our Attractions: Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre
Contact Info:
Trondëk Hwëch’in First Nation
(867) 993-7100
trondek.ca
Nanjit dahonch’e is how our people say: "How are you?" in the Han language. We are famous for our hospitable welcome to newcomers from fur trade days through the Gold Rush to the present. Today our dynamic Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre is open year round with exhibits and tours, along with beautiful traditional and contemporary art in the gift shop.

For thousands of years we fished for salmon at the mouth of the Klondike and travelled widely on nearby rivers to trade, hunt and visit our kin. When tens of thousands of stampeders arrived after 1896 we moved downriver to establish Moosehide as a quiet home away from the crowds.

We signed our Settlement and Self Government Agreements in 1998 to re-establish control over our lands and lives. Today the Trondëk Hwëch’in government operates programs for our citizens from offices in Dawson City.

Haines Junction

Home to Champagne & Aishihik First Nations


Haines Junction Services: Yukon Visitor Info Centre, Parks Canada Visitor Reception Centre, Restaurants, Accommodations, Gas Stations, Campgrounds
Our Attractions: Da Ku "Our House" Cultural Centre
Contact Info:
Champagne & Aishihik First Nations
(867) 634-4200
cafn.ca
Dannch’e? is how we say "How are you" in our Southern Tutchone way. We welcome you to visit Da Kų – Our House, a world-class cultural centre we opened in 2013 at Haines Junction. Come enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Saint Elias Mountains and learn about our traditions.

Long before the Alaska Highway was built, our people had trails throughout northern B.C. and south-west Yukon, with two main settlements at Aishihik Lake and Champagne. We hunted, fished, trapped and traded to make our living in this region we call Dakwakada—which means "high cache". Caches are built high off the ground to keep food and possessions safe from predators.

Our people have always treasured these lands as a constant source of sustenance, which we continue to protect today as our legacy for future generations. We signed our Land Claims Settlement and Self Government agreements in 1993, establishing programs to serve our people and care for our lands, with offices in Haines Junction and Whitehorse.

Mayo

Home to Na Cho Nayak Dun First Nation


Mayo Services: Restaurants, Accommodations, Gas Stations, Laundromat, Showers, Air Charter
Our Attractions: Binet House Museum, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun
Contact Info:
First Nation of Nacho Nyack Dun
(867) 996-2265
nndfn.com
Inye dohoht’i? is the way we say "How are you" in Northern Tutchone at Mayo, a historic steamboat landing on the Stewart River in northeast Yukon. We call it Nácho Nyäk, meaning "Big River", and we are dun—"the people" of that river, which has been a plentiful, dependable source of fish since time immemorial.

Most of our ancestors lived in a small village downriver "Old Village" but were forced to relocate in 1958 to Mayo. We signed our land claims and self-government agreements in 1993, to become one of the Yukon’s first four self governing First Nations.

Today we are involved in many diverse enterprises, as well as managing heritage, lands, resources, health and social programs for our citizens. We collaborate with our neighbours to operate the historic Binet House, which serves as a visitor welcome and interpretation centre—come visit us soon!

Old Crow

Home to Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation


Photo: Government of Yukon
Old Crow Services: Limited Accommodations, Wildlife viewing
Our Attractions: John Tizya Centre, Rampart House Boat Tours, Bear Cave Mountain Eco-Adventures
Contact Info:
Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation
(867) 966-3261
vgfn.ca
Neenjit dàgòonch’ùu means "How are you" in Gwitchin, the language of the Vuntut Gwitchin—"people of the lakes". We live in the Yukon's most northerly community, located above the Arctic Circle—accessible only by airplane or boat— there are no roads to our community.

For many generations we have been entrepreneurs, a tradition we pursue today as co-owners of Air North, Yukon’s Airline and in many other businesses. The John Tizya Interpretive Centre welcomes everyone to explore our rich culture and history as trappers, traders, hunters and gatherers in the rugged environment we call home.

We love music and our fiddlers will soon have you tapping your feet and dancing a jig! Our self-governing first nation was one of the "first four" to sign Yukon land claim agreements in 1993. We take an active role in preserving our lands and resources, especially the Porcupine Caribou Herd which has sustained us for millennia.

Come see our unique way of life in this beautiful land of lakes!

Pelly Crossing

Home to Selkirk First Nation


Pelly Crossing Services: Grocery Store, Gas Station
Our Attractions: Big Jonathan House
Contact Info:
Selkirk First Nation
(867) 537-3331
selkirkfn.ca
Dinch’i means "How are you" in the Northern Tutchone language spoken among the Selkirk First Nation people living at Pelly Crossing on the Klondike Highway. We practice our cultural traditions with a lively group of dancers and drummers, along with many fine sewers, carvers and other artists.

We welcome visitors at the Big Jonathan House Cultural Centre, a replica of a house at Fort Selkirk a few miles away on the Yukon River, one of our traditional gathering places. We traded there for many generations, meeting Tlingit people to exchange our fine inland furs for coastal sea products and later European goods.

In the 1840s, the Hudson’s Bay Company established a post at Fort Selkirk, but were driven out by the Tlingit traders who maintained their monopoly until the 1880s. By then more prospectors and non-aboriginal entrepreneurs were moving into the Yukon, bringing rapid change to our society and economy.

Our ancestors provided essential services for the river transportation system, supplying woodcamps with food and wood to fuel the big boats. The opening of new roads in the 1950s ended the old river life and people moved to Pelly Crossing.

Today our people participate actively in numerous mine projects and other enterprises in our region. We negotiated for many long years to establish our self governing first nation in 1997, which develops social and economic programs for our citizens and manages heritage, lands and resources.

Ross River

Home to Kaska Dene First Nation


Photo: Josh Barichello
Ross River Services: Grocery Store, Gas Station, Accommodations, B&Bs
Our Attractions: Ross River Foot Bridge, Dennis Shorty Art Gallery
Contact Info:
Kaska Dene First Nation
(867) 969-2278
rrdc.ca
Denht’a? is how the Ross River Dena say "how are you?" in their Kaska language. We are part of the Kaska Tribal Council, which includes people in southeast Yukon and northern B.C.

We live in a beautiful mountainous region bordering the Northwest Territories, an area renowned for abundant wildlife and magnificent scenery.

Our community includes many fine artists, steeped in our ancestors’ teachings, who produce traditional and contemporary carving, painting, sewing and jewellry. We are known for our unique drumming style and sacred songs, along with our skills in traditional stick games and fun loving spirit—all of which we share with visitors and neighbours at special gatherings and events.

We look after our people and our community with the wisdom and help of Elders and youth dedicated to making our community a good place to live.

Teslin

Home to Teslin Tlingit Council


Teslin Services: General Store, RV Campgrounds, Gas Station, Tours and Cultural Attractions
Our Attractions: George Johnston Museum, Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
Contact Info:
Teslin Tlingit Council
(867) 390-2532
ttc-teslin.com
Mà sá iyatì? - "How are you?". We are the Inland Tlingit, relatives of the coastal Tlingit people in nearby Southeast Alaska. We invite you to our community on beautiful Teslin Lake to enjoy our Heritage Centre where you can learn about our culture and traditions.

Our ancestors chose to live around the big lakes and mountains of the Yukon interior—hunting, fishing and trapping to make a living, while keeping close ties with coastal families who gathered ocean products such as shells, seaweed and oils to exchange for our fine furs and hides.

We welcomed early prospectors and explorers to our region in the later 1800s, then stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush, and American Army troops during the building of the Alaska Highway. We continue to hunt and fish, maintaining healthy food choices and lifestyles for our families.

In 1993 we became one of the first 4 First Nations in the Yukon Territory to become Self Governing. We follow our historical and unique Clan based governance model that combines our traditions with modern practices. Today our government manages lands and resources, heritage, health and social, education and economic programs to benefit our people and contribute to the development of the Yukon.

Watson Lake

Home to Liard First Nation


Watson Lake Services: Grocery Store, Gas Stations, Accommodations, B&Bs, Visitor Information Centre
Our Attractions: Liard First Nation
Contact Info:
Liard First Nation
(867) 536-5200
kaskadenacouncil.com
Denht’a? means "How are you" in the Kaska language we speak in Upper Liard. We are the proud carriers of our culture, with many fine beaders, sewers and artists, along with drummers and singers among our people. You will see them participating at festivals and events throughout the year and experience a warm welcome from them.

Our ancestors travelled widely on the Upper Liard River, Frances, Hyland and Pelly rivers to the north and south to the Dease Lake area, hunting and gathering for food, and trapping furs to exchange for other goods with nearby people and later white traders.

Over the years we have endured abrupt and difficult changes, with the building of the Alaska Highway and the imposition of new policies by government agents and religious groups, who took our children away to residential schools and tried to control our lives in many ways. We are still working to establish a fair and just settlement of our land claims so that we may govern ourselves with the resources and responsibilities to secure our future in our own way.

Whitehorse

Home to Kwanlin Dün First Nation & Ta’an Kwächän Council


Dännche’e? is our Southern Tutchone way of saying "How are you?" in Whitehorse. There are people from First Nations all over the Yukon living here so you might hear greetings in many different languages. There are two First Nations centred at Whitehorse: the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Kwanlin Dun First Nation


Yukon's Capital City Services : Yukon's Capital City – Shopping Centres, Restaurants, Visitor Services, Cultural Centre, Golf Courses, Hot Springs, Accommodations, RV Campgrounds, and more.
Contact Info:
Kwanlin Dun First Nation
(867) 633-7800
kwanlindun.com
The Kwanlin Dün First Nation takes its name from the Southern Tutchone description of the large canyon on the Yukon River at Whitehorse. Kwanlin means "water rushing through a narrow place" and before newcomers arrived during the gold rush, people had a summer camp at the foot of the canyon where they fished and dried salmon.

During and after the gold rush the people were displaced from their traditional places and resources, resulting in decades of turmoil. In 2005 the KDFN signed its land claims and self government agreements, establishing control over selected lands and resources in the region along with social, economic and heritage programs. One feature of the agreement was the designation of land and funds for a cultural centre on the waterfront, opened in 2012 with great rejoicing as a proud symbol of the people’s strength and resilience through many years.


Ta’an Kwächän Council


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Contact Info:
Ta’an Kwächän Council
(867) 668-3613
taan.ca
The Ta’an Kwächän Council people are the descendants of Chief Jim Boss and claim the Ta’an Män (Lake Laberge) region as their traditional homeland. Boss was the influential headman of the area who first expressed the need for a just settlement of land claims by writing a letter to the Canadian government in 1902.

It took a full century of talks and hard work for the people to realize their dream of self determination. The Council signed its land claims and self government agreements in 2002.

A number of Ta’an Kwach’an citizens live, hunt, fish and trap in the traditional territory surrounding Lake Laberge and Fox Lake, however it is primarily an urban First Nation based in Whitehorse. Through a number of initiatives, investments and other opportunities, Ta’an Kwach’an Council has an active presence in the Whitehorse area. The Council is committed to cultural celebrations and heritage preservation through participation in cultural festivals, traditional language and sewing instruction, cultural camps, and other activities in Whitehorse and the Lake Laberge area.