Spiritual and Mental Wellness

Who we are

The Spiritual and Mental Wellness unit of Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre offers quality programs to Yukon First Nation families and relatives. Our land-based programming is offered at the Jackson Lake Healing Camp, 15 km southwest of Whitehorse by the serene shores of Jackson Lake on the traditional lands of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.

 

Our land-based programs are based in the First Nations Mental Wellness Continuum Framework. These camps are offered with funding from Yukon and Canada.

 

Jackson Lake Facility

The Jackson Lake Camp has:

  • eight participant cabins, each with propane heaters and two beds
  • 4 cabins used to house staff and store food and supplies
  • outhouses and a wash house, that has indoor bathroom facilities, showers and laundry.
  • a large wall tent used as a work place for projects
  • a wood constructed meeting room.
  • a large one-storey log home that houses the kitchen for cooking and a large eating space that can seat approximately 24 people with a wood stove.
  • an outdoor fire pit with benches that is a popular meeting space.
  • day trip access to Fish Lake and other sites for fishing, trapping, picking berries, accessing medicines and other traditional land-based activities.
  • Camp dates: February 17-19, 2023
  • Application Deadline: January 22, 2023

Enjoy time with your family out on the land in a relaxed environment at Jackson Lake where cultural staff and traditional activities are available and optional.

This camp is open to families from all Yukon First Nations.

 

For more information please contact Catheryne Lord – 867-332-6847, catheryne.lord@kdfn.net

To apply, fill out the registration form and email it to catheryne.lord@kdfn.net or fax it to 867-633-6095.

 

Next dates available:

  • November 3-5, 2023. Application Deadline: October 2
  • December 8-10, 2023. Application Deadline: November 6

For those that have completed a Jackson Lake Healing Camp or an addictions treatment program and on their path to long-term sobriety. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Open to all 14 Yukon First Nations

  • Learn strategies for maintaining personal wellness
  • Gathering your inner strength
  • Building a support network
  • Cultural land-based knowledge transfer

Please note that the previous trauma healing camps for men and women have been adjusted to be shorter this season as we work through some changes this year.

Men’s Camp

September 13 – October 18, 2023 (5 weeks)

Application form to come.

 

Women’s Camp

May 24 – June 28, 2023 (5 weeks)

Application form to come.

 

For more information, please contact:

Catheryne Lord – 867-332-6847, catheryne.lord@kdfn.net

CAMP DATES:

March 3-10, 2023

Application Deadline: February 6, 2023

and

November 17-24, 2023

Application Deadline: October 23, 2023

 

For front-line First Nation Cultural Support Workers/Community Wellness Workers who support all 14 Yukon First Nations.

Come learn:

  • How to support at a Healing Camp
  • Personal strategies for wellness
  • How Jackson Lake operates from a healing perspective in all that it does
  • Use of ceremony in healing
  • Circles
  • Aftercare

Application form to come.

The Elders’ Retreat originally scheduled for October 18 to 25, 2022 has been postponed until further notice.

More information to come.