Kwanlin Dün has been delivering wellness and therapeutic programs to a diverse community of people for about 25 years. We set up the Jackson Lake Wellness Team to help expand our land and culture-based programs and services.
The Team includes a Mental Wellness Team Coordinator; a Clinical Counsellor; a Cultural Counsellor ; and 2 Community Outreach Workers.
Our staff work in partnership with other Yukon First Nations and Yukon wellness service providers.
Our program is based on First Nation cultural ways of healing but also includes clinical approaches. It is open to all Yukon people, First Nations and non-First Nations.
Starting in 2014, Kwanlin Dün has been increasing its land-based healing programs at Jackson Lake Healing Centre thanks to a 3-year funding commitment from the Yukon government (see media release).
The referral and application process for admission to the Jackson Lake Land-based Healing Program dates for the current season is now open. Please visit our application page for more information.
In addition, multi-year funding from Health Canada will allow us to implement cultural and clinical programs and services focused on:
This broad scope of services will improve the long-term success of participants in the multi-week land-based programs.
The prevention and short-term cultural and land-based options will also provide opportunities to people that want help but are not able to go out on the land for four weeks.
Jackson Lake is located about a half-hour's drive from downtown Whitehorse, off of the Fish Lake road. It is in Kwanlin Dün’s traditional territory.
For the past 5 years, we have had one or two intakes per year for on-the-land residential treatment programs at the Centre.
Some programs have been for men, others for women. The participants have included people from Yukon First Nations, other First Nations from outside the territory and non-First Nation Yukoners.
The programming at the Centre integrates First Nation cultural ways of healing and clinical approaches.
In late March 2014, Kwanlin Dün hosted the Healing Together with Land and Culture: Gathering of Wisdom conference. The gathering was funded by Health Canada.
The successful gathering offered the opportunity for wellness staff from First Nations and other agencies, Elders, youth and other community member to come together and share what they knew about healing with a focus on land, culture and community.
For more information and presentations from the event, please visit the Healing Together webpage.