Chief Doris Bill of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Chief Amanda Leas of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council met online to record a virtual holiday greeting.
They send warm wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.
Chief Bill: Dänch’ea and Hello! I am Doris Bill, Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. I’m happy to be here to bring you holiday greetings from our shared Traditional Territory in Whitehorse.
Chief Leas: Dӓnnch’a! Good Day! I am Amanda Leas, Chief of Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. We are very pleased to join Kwanlin Dün today with our message of hope for a safe and happy holiday season.
Chief Bill: We’re sending you our warmest wishes as our Yukon days get colder. We know that some people in our community may be hurting, grieving, or dealing with illness. We encourage you to reach out for help if you need it.
Chief Leas: Even though we are unable to gather as we traditionally would for feasts and celebrations, our families can pull together at this time in new ways. We are unique. Our First Nation neighbourhoods are linked to a bustling city where populations from all over the Yukon converge in full force during this time of year.
It’s important that those who can, help those who are vulnerable. We want you to know we will do everything we can to help out.
Chief Bill: We hold our hands up to all the people who support our communities. Shä̀w níthän to our healthcare workers, the people in our First Nation governments, our partners in other governments, and everyone who has made choices to protect themselves, their loved ones and the vulnerable people in their lives.
Chief Leas: As we embark on a new year, we hold our hands up to our Elders, our communities’ wisest and most respected Citizens. Right now, it’s the time of year we also need to keep our youth close to us.
It’s more important than ever that all generations come together – from a safe distance – to nurture our cultures, languages and heritage. No one should feel alone.
Chief Bill: Be safe, and have a happy holiday. Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho and thank you!
Chief Leas: Christmas is a time for sharing and a time of caring for those around us! Wishing everyone all the best for 2022. Shä̀w níthän.