KDFN – Indigenous Health Legislation
Canada’s healthcare system needs to change. Although there have been improvements over the years, First Nation, Inuit and Métis still have considerably worse health outcomes than non-Indigenous people in Canada.
KDFN and Indigenous communities across the country are giving input into how Canada can build new legislation to address these significant, long-standing gaps.
Please tell us what’s important to you. Your response to the following questions will help inform KDFN’s participation in co-creating this new legislation.
Please answer these questions:
- online, click here: Indigenous Health Legislation
- Or pick up a paper copy at Natsékhi Kų̀
Deadline: March 30, 2023
Every Beneficiary and Citizen who fills in the survey is eligible for a $20 gift card while supplies last.
Image from the What We Heard report
Find out more here: https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1611843547229/1611844047055#chp8
In the engagement that’s been done so far on the Visions for Distinction-Based Indigenous Health Legislation:
1. Indigenous Peoples treated and respected as equals and systems transformed to remove settler-colonial policies and discriminatory practices
2. Indigenous Peoples can exercise their sovereignty and right to self-determination freely
3. Holistic approaches to health that encompass Indigenous ways of knowing and being and the social determinants of health
4. Health systems, health professionals and governments take responsibility for action and strengthen their accountability to Indigenous Peoples
5. Respectful relationships between Indigenous Peoples and the Government of Canada
6. Equitable, adequate, sustainable, inclusive and flexible funding is available to Indigenous Peoples
7. Indigenous Peoples control their data and information is available to support wellness
8. Critical health service needs are met
9. Supporting and building capacity in health human resources
You can read the full report here: What We Heard: Visions for co-development of distinctions-based Indigenous health legislation document
KDFN Whitehorse Water Use Relicensing Project survey
Survey is available:
- online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5KN6RYG
- on paper in the Kashgêk’ building.
- Represents and prioritizes KDFN’s interests;
- Preserves or enhances environmental, cultural, and heritage values in the Southern Lakes region, and the health and wellbeing of the KDFN community; and
- Acknowledges the historical and ongoing impacts of the dams, such as through compensation.
Valleyview South Master Plan Survey – closed December 12, 2022
The City of Whitehorse is developing a master plan for Valleyview South (previously called “the tank farm”), which includes two KDFN settlement land parcels.
Community Language Survey – closed October 13, 2022
Survey closed October 13, 2022. Your feedback will help guide language revitalization planning and future programming in our First Nation.
Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) Local Area Plan Survey – Closed August 31, 2022
Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) and the Government of Yukon (YG) are developing a local area plan for the Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) area with support from Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.
A steering committee of 3 KDFN and 3 YG appointees was created to guide the planning process, with support from KDFN and YG planning staff.
Survey results and feedback will help the committee draft the plan in the fall and winter of 2022/23.
Learn more about the Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) Local Area Plan at Kwanlindun.com/fishlakeplan.
McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan Survey – Closed July 28, 2022
KDFN Council has created a committee for the McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan. The committee will help develop the neighbourhood plan and lead community engagement.
Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, thank you to all who filled out the survey. Your feedback will help shape your neighbourhood.
KDFN Community Survey: How are you feeling about COVID-19? – Closed April 7, 2022
Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, thank you to all the Citizens who took part in KDFN’s Community COVID-19 Survey in April 2022.
Here is an overview of the results:
- 110 Citizens responded
- 54% live in McIntyre, Crow and Swan
- 57% said they’ve got 3 doses or a booster shot
- 63% said they are happy with COVID-19 safety measures staying in place at KDFN
“I was pretty sick for about 10 days with some symptoms for a week after even though I was triple-vaxxed. I was kind of mad but it also made me wonder if it would have been a lot worse had I not had any vaccines,” said one respondent.
Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Programming Survey – Survey Closed March 4, 2022
Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, thank you to everyone who filled in the survey!
Your feed back will help the guide the KDCC’s Culture Committee in future planning for workshops and events.
KDFN Citizen COVID-19 and Vaccination Survey – Survey closed July 14
Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, thank you to all the Citizens who completed the COVID-19 and Vaccination Survey in July 2021. Congratulations to our two prize draw winners, Rick O’Brien and Sarina Sydney.
Here is an overview of the results:
- 108 Citizens responded
- 56% live in McIntyre, Crow and Swan
- 62% said they have been or will be vaccinated
- 73% said they have enough information to make an informed decision on whether to get vaccinated.
One respondent said, “I encourage everyone to get vaccinated… We would even get our crazy old dog vaccinated if we had to!!”
Range Point Joint Master Plan – Survey ran May 14 to 30, 2021
During the Community Lands Plan engagement in Fall 2019, KDFN Beneficiaries and Citizens provided input into how parcels of settlement land should be developed within the City of Whitehorse. One of those parcels was C-15B.
Located in the Range Point neighbourhood, north of the Northland mobile home park and next to lower McIntyre Creek, C-15B was identified for residential development and revenue generation by Beneficiaries and Citizens. That direction could make this 15-hectare site the Yukon’s first large scale residential neighbourhood on leased Yukon First Nation Settlement Land.
Land development is a complicated and expensive process, and KDFN is proceeding carefully. In late fall, we partnered with the Government of Yukon (YG) to develop a joint master plan for C-15B and YG’s neighbouring Lot 262-6. Groundswell Planning has been hired to develop the plan with support from KDFN and YG planners and a committee that includes KDFN and YG Economic Development and City of Whitehorse staff.
The master plan will create a general “blueprint” for this new neighbourhood, including housing types, park spaces and trails, roads, and other services (transit, water, sewer, etc.) The plan will need to address the housing needs and preferences of future residents and keep development costs low, while protecting environmental and heritage values. The final master plan will be presented to Chief and Council, who will decide how – or whether – to proceed.
This would be KDFN’s first major residential development, and we want to make sure that it makes our nation proud. We’ll be reaching out to citizens for feedback throughout the process, with the first round happening between May 14 and 30. If all goes according to plan, we’ll be presenting some draft neighbourhood ideas to the KDFN community by the middle of summer!
Urban Planner and Policy Advisor
What would a new education hub in McIntyre be like? – Survey Ran in May 2021.
KDFN Education and Social Development is planning for a new building that will include an expanded Dusk’a Early Learning Centre and more opportunities for people to access language and education programming.
May 2021 – Strategic Planning Survey for Citizens – CLOSED
March and April 2021 – KDFN Communications Survey – CLOSED
December 2020 – Multipurpose Building Next Steps Survey – CLOSED
December 2020 – RCMP office in McIntyre Survey – CLOSED