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.


What happens at camp?

  • Our camps focuses on trauma recovery and empowerment.
  • The camp is person-centred and honours traditional and clinical approaches to healing through the use of cultural activities, ceremonies, and traditional teachings.
  • We offer daily group sessions and weekly confidential professional one-on-one counselling opportunities . The clinical counselling approach includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Internal Family System, and experiential.
  • Although there are many opportunities for interaction, participants will enjoy the privacy of their own cabin. Cultural and clinical staff are present through the day to support participants.
  • Nutritious meals are also served three times a day, along with snacks and refreshments.
  • KDFN takes the safety of participants seriously, which is why professional overnight security personnel are present every night.


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.


11 camps are planned for 2021

Click here to view a calendar with camp dates. A description of each camp is listed below along with application and camp information


6-week Trauma Camps (Women: May 5 – June 16; Men: Sept 8 – Oct 20)

The men’s and women’s land-based camps focus on addressing core trauma and loss issues that are linked to substance abuse, violence, and unhealthy relationships. The camp utilizes traditional and western methodologies, such a circle/group, individual counselling, cultural activities, and ceremony to foster wellness and healing.

Click here for the application form for the men’s camp.
Click here for the Pre-admission medical form.

Family Camps (Feb 26 – 28; April 16 – 18; July 16 – 18; Nov 5 – 7)

Family camps provide an excellent way for family’s to spend quality time together on the land and to engage in traditional cultural teachings. Parents are responsible for caring for their children during the camp.

Click here for the application form.


Youth Camp (March 15 – 26)

YOUTH – join us for five days of activities on the Land for ice fishing, sewing, wilderness skills, painting and so much more. KDFN Justice, Lands and wellness Department in collaboration with the RCMP presents our Youth Spring Break Camp on the Land at the Jackson Lake Healing Camp. Camps will take place March 15-19 for youth 7 to 12 and March 22-26 for youth 13 to 18 taking place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Please see attached registration package for the camp. Please fill out all information contained in this three-page package and return to Frances Langtry (Frances.Langtry@kdfn.net) By Feb 24th, 2021. Space is limited, registration is free but required and is first come first served. There will only be space for 12 youth in each camp due to COVID restrictions.


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will be notified if your child has been registered for the Spring Break camp by March 5, 2019 via email, or phone call if an email address is not provided.


Food and transportation are provided.  Transportation leaves daily from the Multipurpose building at 19 McIntyre in the McIntyre subdivision between at 9:30 a.m. and returns daily between 3:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Pickup and drop off location may change, families will be  notified.

Click here for the registration form.


Training (April 5 – 9)

A “Provider Camp” is offered at Jackson Lake to foster capacity building and sharing of land-based and cultural counselling best practices among FN staff who are involved in wellness work throughout the territory. Those who complete the Provider Camp will be eligible to participate in the trauma camps in the provision of wellness support to those attending the trauma camp.

Provider Camp Application Package


Elders’ Retreat – July 5 – 9
Women’s Retreat – July 26 – 30
Men’s Retreat: November 15 – 19

Retreats provide participants an opportunity to connect with land, staff, and cultural activities to foster wellness.

[Application forms to be available soon]