Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC) and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) are calling on Yukoners and all travellers passing through the Whitehorse and surrounding area to support efforts to protect and preserve the cultural and environmental integrity of First Nation Settlement Lands.
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Kwanlin Dün First Nation are asking members of the public to refrain from using Settlement Land sites in order to allow the land, water, and wildlife populations time to heal. If visitors are uncertain if they are using Settlement Land or have questions about land management practises, they are invited to contact KDFN or TKC or consult Settlement Lands maps.
“Protecting and preserving our lands and heritage sites for future generations is a key priority for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. Our ancestors have inhabited this land for thousands of years and we must continue our role as stewards of the land, air, waters, and animals. The Department of Heritage, Lands and Resources will be increasing its patrols and community engagement surrounding use of these lands, to increase awareness of provisions made in our agreements and our values of conservation of resources and respect for the land.”
-Chief Doris Bill