Council of Yukon First Nations
Council of Yukon First Nations is a non-profit society working for nine of the First Nations of the Yukon. We have been in existence since 1973 and continue to serve the needs of First Nations within Yukon and the Mackenzie delta. Our mandate is to be a unified organization supporting First Nations Governments and First Nations aspirations and advocating on key issues.
The Council of Yukon First Nations was originally formed as the 'Council for Yukon Indians' in 1973 specifically to negotiate land claims. By 1980, in response to the need for unity among Yukon First Nations and the settlement of land claims, the two parent organizations, the Yukon Native Brotherhood and the Yukon Association of Non-Status Indians, as well as the CYI had amalgamated to form the Council for Yukon Indians. In 1995, the Council adopted a new constitution and in keeping with the language of the times, changed its name to the Council of Yukon First Nations.
The Council is formed under the Societies Act of the Yukon and operates under a constitution which has been adopted by its member First Nations at a General Assembly. At present, the CYFN is made up of nine Yukon First Nations which have reached land claims and self-government agreements: Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Teslin Tlingit Council, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Selkirk First Nation, the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, Tr'ondek Hwech'in First Nation, Ta'an Kwach'an Council, Kluane First Nation, and Carcross/Tagish First Nation. At the Annual General Assembly in 2004, CYFN welcomed four First Nations from the Mackenzie River Delta region into its organization: the Tetlit Gwich'in Council, the Nihtat Gwich'in Council the Ehdiitat Gwich'in Council and the Gwichya Gwich'in Council.
däna Näye Ventures
däna Näye Ventures (DNV) is an Aboriginal Financial Institution that provides a full range of training and financial services to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients in Yukon. DNV actively promotes the creation of new businesses and the expansion of existing ones through developmental finance, business training, and advisory service programs to entrepreneurs. Services include the provision of loans, specific business skills training, Entrepreneurship and Business Development Program as well as the Yukon Micro Loan program. DNV has been servicing the Yukon Territory and Northern BC for over 30 years and continually strives to improve services.
Kwanlin Dün First Nation
Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) is a self-governing Yukon First Nation with settlement land within its traditional territory in and around Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Its citizenship consists of 1,000-plus citizens who are descendants of First Nations people from many parts of Yukon and Alaska. They have occupied the land and thrived along the Chu Nínkwän (today, known as the Yukon River) for generations. Today, the majority of Kwanlin Dün citizens live in the Whitehorse and Marsh Lake areas, with others living across Canada, Alaska and the world. The name Kwanlin in Southern Tutchone means “water running through canyon”, referring to the flow from Miles Canyon to the Whitehorse rapids. Dün means people.
KDFN is one of the first Canadian urban First Nations to sign Final and Self-Government Agreements. As part of its Final Agreement, Kwanlin Dün received 1,036 square kilometres of settlement land within its traditional territory, which encompasses the Yukon's capital and economic heartland. KDFN is the largest landowner within the City of Whitehorse and nearly 75 percent of the Yukon's total population lives within KDFN's traditional territory.
The transition from an Indian Act government to a self-governing nation has brought many changes and ensures the revived KDFN government respects First Nation culture and delivers appropriate programs and services to promote health and well-being for its citizens and prosperity for the Nation.
The KDFN Final Agreement recognises the Nation’s long history and strong association with the Yukon River and Whitehorse Waterfront. Kwanlin Dün’s agreement ensures key heritage sites are protected and also provides funding to share KDFN history and cultural heritage with the community and visitors from around the world.
Council is elected and is comprised of a Chief and six Councillors, an Elders Councillor and a Youth Councillor. Council draws support from the Elders Council, Youth Council and Judicial Council.
The Government’s departments of Health, Education, Community Services, Justice, Lands and Resources, Economic Development and the Executive Council Office deliver an array of programs and services. The departments of Finance and Human Resources and Administration provide support services to these government departments.
Ta'an Kwach'an Council
Ta’an Kwӓch’ӓn Council is one of the eleven self-governing First Nations in the Yukon Territory. The First Nation is made up of people of Southern Tutchone, Tagish and Tlingit descent. Under its land claim, its traditional territory covers over 12,000 square kilometers in the Whitehorse and Lake Laberge areas.
TKC’s history is deeply rooted in culture and heritage. The ancient villages and camps of the Ta’an Kwӓch’ӓn are centered around Lake Laberge, lower Takhini River and Fox Lake areas. This is a history long before the Gold Rush, a history preserved now only in the accounts of the Elders and in the traces of hunting and fishing camps left behind by their ancestors.
Archaeological records show that the traditional way of life of the Ta’an Kwӓch’ӓn can be traced back thousands of years in the past.
The First Nation, which became self-governing April 1, 2002, actively works towards restoring the Chinook salmon population in its creeks and organizes annual culture camps for its citizens.
Currently its business arm, Da Daghay Development Corporation, is working with the Yukon government to plan the construction of a 42-unit housing complex in the Whistle Bend subdivision of Whitehorse.
This project not only supports economic development but it will also increase the availability of affordable housing for TKC citizens and others living in the Whitehorse area.