Land Management

Kwanlin Dün Council passed its new, modern Lands Act, Nan kay sháwthän Däk’anúta ch’e (We all look after our land), on March 3, 2020. The Act gives Kwanlin Dün authority to manage, protect and enforce laws on settlement land and allows the government to make land available for Beneficiary and Citizen residential and traditional needs on settlement lands.

 

The Heritage, Lands and Resource Department’s priority is to work with Beneficiaries and Citizens who are currently living on, or have a historical submission for land. Anyone currently living on settlement land or holding a historical submission should contact the department, by calling 867-633-7800 ext. 128 or emailing lands@kdfn.net.

Kwanlin Dün’s new, modern Lands Act, Nan kay sháwthän Däk’anúta ch’e (We all look after our land) was passed by council on March 3, 2020 and came into force on October 15, 2020.

The Act was shaped by Kwanlin Dün’s Land Vision, which guides how the government manages and uses Traditional Land. The vision was created with Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens and sets out four main goals: Community Development, Wildlife, Heritage and Revenue Generation.

First Two Years of the Act

KDFN Lands Regulations Enacted

Kwanlin Dün Lands and Resources

Kwanlin Dün Settlement Land

Lands Act

Lands Act 101

Lands Act Regulations Overview

Lands Act Overview

Land Vision

Protecting Settlement Land

Policies and rules under the Lands Act, Nan kay sháwthän Däk’anúta ch’e (We all look after our land), guide how the Heritage, Lands and Resources department manage, protect and issue interests in settlement land.

 

All policies developed under the Act are reviewed and approved by Kwanlin Dün Council before coming into effect.

Approval of the KDFN Land Availability Policy

Approval of the Managing Existing Occupants and Historical Submissions for Land Policy

Historical Submissions Policy

Land Use Application Rules

Reconsideration Rules (appeals on land applications)

Residential Commitment to Construct Policy

Spot Land Application Rules

Term of Interest in Land Policy

The Heritage, Lands and Resource department will issue two main types of land interests, an allocation and a lease.

 

There will be two ways to apply for settlement land, a planned parcel disposition or a spot land application.

 

A planned parcel disposition is a lot in a planned development or a subdivision. The lots can be issued for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial use and will be offered through a lottery or tender process.

 

A spot land application is an application for a specific parcel of settlement land. The parcel is not part of a planned development and is offered through an individual application. Kwanlin Dün has over 350 spot land applications, called historical submissions from Beneficiaries and Citizens.

 

Processing historical submissions is the current priority of the Heritage, Lands and Resource department. All other applications will be on hold until the majority of the historical submissions are processed.

 

Historical Submissions

 

Historical submissions are existing land submissions by Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens for residential or traditional use of settlement land. They may also be known as

  • land set aside;
  • band council resolutions; or
  • site specific selections.

 

In September, Kwanlin Dün Council passed a historical submissions policy, which directs the department to:

  • prioritize historical submissions over all land applications;
  • process historical submissions in chronological order based on when the submission was first made;
  • give special consideration to historical submissions from Elders and those with urgent needs;
  • prioritize residential historical submissions over traditional use; and
  • process multiple historical submissions at once if they are in the same area.

 

The Heritage, Lands and Resource Department’s priority is to work with Beneficiaries and Citizens who are currently living on, or have a historical submission for land.  Historical submissions will be processed in chronological order based on when the submission was first made.

 

Anyone currently living on settlement land or holding a historical submission should contact the department, by calling 867-633-7800 ext. 128 or emailing lands@kdfn.net.

 

Historical Submissions

Current Settlement Land Occupants

Settlement Land Availability

 

Historical Submissions Policy

Historical submissions are available as allocations or leases for residential or traditional use interests in land.

 

Residential

 

Residential land will be land used for homes, condos or apartments on subdivision, downtown or country residential lots.

 

A residential interest in land is available as an allocation or lease, and will have terms that require development.

 

Traditional Use

 

Traditional use land is available to Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens can and is only offered as an allocation. Traditional use activities, such as cabins, hunting, fishing and trapping.

 

Allocation

 

Allocations are a type of land interest available to Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens, 19 years of age or older, and are restricted to residential and traditional uses.

 

Allocation holders:

  • have exclusive rights to their parcel of land;
  • may transfer their allocation to other Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens with approval from Kwanlin Dün; and
  • may change a residential allocation to a residential lease or a residential lease to an allocation with approval from Kwanlin Dün.

 

Each individual Beneficiary or Citizen may hold two allocations: one residential and one traditional use.

 

Lease

 

Leases are a type of land interest available to Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens, as well as the general public.

 

Settlement Land Allocation

Settlement Land Availability

For more information, please contact the Heritage, Lands and Resources department, at 867-633-7800 ext. 128 or lands@kdfn.net.

Before submitting a land application, please contact the Heritage, Lands and Resources department to discuss your land needs and interests.

 

The Heritage, Lands and Resources department’s current priority is to work with Beneficiaries and Citizens who are living on, or have a historical submission for land.

 

Application Process

 

The Heritage, Lands and Resources department will work with applicants to ensure they have all information needed before submitting an application.

 

The application review process has three stages:

 

  1. Initial internal review: a review by the department for completeness, policy conformance, eligibility requirements, and determination of requirement for a Yukon Environmental & Socio-economic Assessment Act (YESAA) assessment of the project.
  2. Comprehensive review: a technical review by the department, assessment by YESAB (if triggered), research and information gathering, including public comment periods (of YESAA and Heritage, Lands and Resources)
  3. Decision Making:
  • If application is subject to YESAA review, Director issues a Decision Document; and
  • Director issues a decision on the application.

 

For more detailed information on the land application review process, please read the Land Application Review Process (Document) guide.

 

Land Application Process Flowchart 

Applications

           

Please download the application form and bring it into the Heritage, Lands and Resources department.

 

Historical Submission Application (Document)

 

For more information, please contact the Heritage, Lands and Resources department, at 867-633-7800 ext. 128 or lands@kdfn.net.

KDFN manages lands in rural communities with local area planning. These plans guide how our communities can grow and develop while protecting the land and water.

This year, we are developing community plans for Marsh Lake and Fish Lake. They will answer questions like:

  • What lands should be protected for heritage and wildlife?
  • What areas would be good for KDFN residential and traditional uses?
  • What about general assembly sites, culture camps and campgrounds?
  • How can we help manage other activities in our Traditional Territory, like residential, agricultural, recreational and resource development?

Łu Zil Män Fish Lake Plan

  • In Southern Tutchone, Fish Lake is called Łu Zil Män (sounds like Sloo Zill Mun) after the round whitefish that spawn there in the fall.
  • Kwanlin Dün families have gathered at Fish Lake for thousands of years. Fishing and hunting camps at the north end of the lake are 5000 to 8000 years old. Ancient campsites around Bonneville are even older.
  • We are looking for KDFN Citizens to join a committee to help develop the Fish Lake plan. Names will be collected until mid-February and then brought to Council for a final decision.
  • The plan will take two years to finish (spring 2021-2023).

click here for the Government of Yukon’s page on the topic.

click here for the Fish Lake LAP backgrounder

Look for community planning updates on the KDFN website and Facebook page.

Contact us to find out how to get involved

roy.neilson@kdfn.net

(867) 633-7800, ext 119