Order your KDFN hoodie by Friday December 9

Kwanlin Dün First Nation Council is excited to provide a custom KDFN hoodie (pull over or zip-up) from Yukon Built to all registered adult (19+) KDFN citizens and beneficiaries. You must pre-order your hoodie by Friday December 9, 2022. You can order them online, or download the printable version. To get a KDFN hoodie, you must be:…

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Crafty Christmas Countdown starts December 1

Hey KDFN! Get ready for Crafty Christmas Countdown Crafting and contests for the KDFN community! Join us in the wall tent outside of Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre Weekdays December 1 – 15, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Show up in your ugly Christmas sweater and get your photo taken for a chance to win a gift…

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Valleyview South Master Plan Survey

Hey KDFN! The City of Whitehorse is developing a master plan for Valleyview South (previously called “the tank farm”), which includes two KDFN settlement land parcels. We want your input! How should KDFN settlement parcels be developed? What’s your vision for the neighbourhood? Let us know by filling out the Valleyview South Master Plan Survey.…

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Pop-up Craft & Art Fair

KDFN’s pathways team is hosting a craft and art fair At the Kenädän Kų̀, House of Learning to support citizens selling their own crafts. Join us on December 7 and 8, 5 – 8 p.m. (or until all items are sold), and pick up a holiday gift for a loved one! Please note, all purchases…

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Q&A with art student Kora Empey

Kora Empey is a KDFN Citizen studying photography at OCAD U (Ontario College of Art & Design University). This summer, River Gatensby got the chance to ask her some questions about her education and her art.

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Continuation of the 2022 General Assembly cancelled

ATTENTION KDFN! The Continuation of the 2022 General Assembly scheduled for Saturday, November 26th has been cancelled. This decision was made following guidance from the Elders’ Council, and due to the increasing risk of transmitting cold, flu, COVID-19, and other respiratory viruses. We will let you know more information as soon as we have it.

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Judith Kuster is elected to Kwanlin Dün First Nation Council

On November 16, 2022, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) held a by-election to fill a Councillor position. There were two candidates. With 142 votes, Judith Kuster was the successful cadidate. Jolene Smarch received 133 votes. Kuster is an Elder. She ran for the position to help youth find their paths, and encourage alternatives to substance…

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‘All you gotta do is care’

This summer Gary Bailie retired from KDFN after 22 years on the job. He leaves a legacy of work on major building projects, boundless energy, and contagious enthusiasm.

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KDFN Justice meet and greet

Hey KDFN!   KDFN Justice is having a meet and greet on November 22 at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be dinner, door prizes, and an activity table for youth!   Come meet the Justice team, learn about the services they provide, and hear about projects they’re working…

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Continuation of the 2022 General Assembly

Hey KDFN!   We’re holding a continuation of the 2022 General Assembly on Saturday, November 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House.   We know the flu, Covid-19 and other respiratory viruses are circulating in the Yukon. Please rapid test before attending. Masks are recommended. Shä̀w níthän, másin cho, gunałchÎsh,…

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The fall 2022 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is now online!

Hey KDFN!   The fall 2022 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is now online!   In this issue, Gary Bailie reflects on his 22-year career, Anne Spice talks about their education journey and graduating with a PhD, art student Kora Empey talks about their piece, Real Indian, and more!   Check it out at kwanlindun.com/69724-2/

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KDFN By-Election for one Councillor position

Voting Date: November 16, 2022 Voting Location: Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.   Notice of Vote & Candidates: Form 11. KDFN. Notice of Vote & Candidates   Updated Official Voters List – as per the KDFN Election Act 2013 s39.1 (a) and s39.2, voter #’s 835-897 have been added in alphabetical…

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KDFN By-Election for one Councillor position – official voters list

Voting Date: November 16, 2022   Notice of Vote & Candidates: Form 11. KDFN. Notice of Vote & Candidates   Ensure your name is on the Voters List KDFN-Official-Voters-List-Nov-9-2022   For any questions regarding the by-election, please contact: Chief Returning Officer Colleen Craft Telephone: 867-689-1071 Email: kdfnelection.cro@gmail.com KDFN Election Office: #4 O’Brien Pl, Whitehorse

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Elders Circle Meeting

KDFN Elders are invited to join us for a meeting on November 23 at the Mt McIntyre Rec Centre. The main agenda items are the Elder Benefit and Fuel. See you there! For rides, call Krista Easton at 867-3633-7800 ext. 131

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Join the McIntyre/Crow/Swan Neighbourhood Planning Committee

APPLY NOW >> Join the McIntyre/Crow/Swan Neighbourhood Planning Committee KDFN Citizens, there are 2 spots open on the committee that will guide the planning process. Committee members are responsible for: helping to identify the main issues; engaging other Citizens in the planning process; and developing solutions for the community. Committee members will receive an honorarium.…

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KDFN Girls Volleyball

Girls Volleyball Where: Multi-purpose building When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m. Starting November 15, 2022 This program is intended for girls aged 13 – 18. Non-binary youth are welcome to join. Space is limited. Registration is required. Contact Kate Dawson at 867-332-6446

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Friday Fires are moving to Thursdays

Hey KDFN! Starting this week, Friday Fires are moving to Thursdays at 1p.m. This Thursday’s fire will include a smudge and prayer teaching for those interested. Come on out to the Kenädän Ku House of Learning fire pit for smokies, coffee, tea, and good company! This program is hosted through KDFN’s Pathways to Empowerment Program,…

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Chieftain Energy home heating fuel discount for Yukon First Nation Citizens

Hey KDFN! We’re passing on this information.   Chieftain Energy is offering Yukon First Nation Citizens a discount on home heating fuel. –              10 cents per litre for automatic delivery; or –              5 cents per litre for on call.   Call 867-668-4441 or email customerservice@chieftainenergy.com for more information or to set up an account.

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Register for Family Camp at Jackson Lake Wellness Centre

REGISTER NOW! >> Family Camp at Jackson Lake Wellness Centre December 2 – 4, 2022 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. Open to families from all Yukon First Nations. For more information, contact: Maury Fraser…

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Harm reduction support drop-in

Hey KDFN!   Drug testing is available every Wednesday from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre.   We can do strip testing for fentanyl and benzos, and FTRI testing. FTRI takes 10 to 15 minutes and can help you figure out what cuts and buffs are in your substances. You can…

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Childcare for the General Assembly

Attending the GA and need child care? KDFN Youth Recreation will provide programming for youth ages 6 – 17 this weekend. Parents/guardians must be attending the GA. Programming will run: Saturday from 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Sunday from 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Youth must be dropped off and picked up at the Multi…

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Drop-in Immunization Clinics

The Health and Wellness team is offering flu shots + COVID-19 boosters for Citizens and employees. Drop in to the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre this week: Tuesday, October 25, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.…

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We’re looking for GA support staff

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – GA Support Staff Kwanlin Dün is seeking expressions of interest from individuals for the following positions required for the General Assembly which is scheduled for October 29 & 30, 2022. These positions will help you learn about your government. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes view of how a General Assembly works; be…

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2022 General Assembly

The KDFN General Assembly is on Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30! Participate: IN PERSON at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre; or ONLINE. You must register in advance to get the meeting link (and be eligible for the early registration prize) at: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZIvcO6tpjgtH938… For technical support with registration or logging into the meeting, please…

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Applications are now open

Attention citizens, Applications are now open for Yukon University’s Winter 2023 and Fall 2023 programs. If you plan on taking classes this January and want to apply for post-secondary funding support, we recommend you apply by November 15. Find out how KDFN can support you and your studies here: kwanlindun.com/education/post-secondary-students

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Expression of Interest

Hey KDFN! We’re seeking Expressions of Interest for KDFN Representatives for guaranteed seats on School Council at two schools: • 1 on F. H. Collins Secondary School Council • 2 on Porter Creek Secondary School Council Guaranteed reps liaison between KDFN Education and Social Development Department and the School Council, as well as share cultural…

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KDFN By-Election for one Councillor position – preliminary voters list

KDFN By-Election for one Councillor position ⚠️ Please note: You may see ads in the Whitehorse newspapers that incorrectly state the by-election is for Deputy Chief. It is not. This was an error. The by-election is for one Councillor position.   Voting Date: November 16, 2022   Notice of Vote & Candidates: Form 11. KDFN.…

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Kwanlin Dün First Nation and funding partners officially open new Kashgêk’ building, named in honour of former Chief Johnnie Smith

Kwanlin Dün First Nation and funding partners officially open new Kashgêk’ building, named in honour of former Chief Johnnie Smith WHITEHORSE, YUKON—Today, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) Chief Doris Bill; Dr. Brendan Hanley, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; Yukon Minister of…

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – KDFN Representatives for School Council

What do School Councils do?   Yukon Government Dept. of Education – The duties and powers of School Councils are described in sections of the Education Act, primarily Section 113. They include: Reviewing and approving school growth plans Reviewing and developing school-based policies such as dispute resolution, attendance and discipline policies Participating in hiring school…

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Drop-In Mental Wellness Counselling

Hey KDFN! There will be Drop-In Mental Wellness Counselling for KDFN Citizens today (October 7, 2022) between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre. Moving forward, counselling will be available every Friday between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.. Call 867-332-6860.

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McIntyre, Crow and Swan Neighborhood Plan workshop 3

Hey KDFN! Join us for the McIntyre, Crow and Swan Neighborhood Plan workshop 3. Come learn what we’ve heard from Citizens so far, and tell us your vision for your neighbourhood. You could win door prizes! Thursday, October 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House. Dinner starts at 5:30 p.m.. Please…

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Pick up and Every Child Matters sewing kit

In honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, KDFN’s Education department has prepared every child matters sewing kits for citizens to make their own orange shirt pin. You can come pick them up tomorrow at the Kenädän Ku house of learning between 1 and 4 p.m. Supplies are limited. Instructions on…

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CBC: When the Salmon Disappear

In case you missed it, you can listen to or read CBC’s story about the Yukon’s chinook salmon, “When the salmon disappear” here: https://www.cbc.ca/radiointeractives/features/when-the-salmon-disappear

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September 19 is a one-time statutory holiday

Monday, September 19 is a one-time statutory holiday for the National Day of Mourning in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. That means: • All KDFN offices will be closed. • K–12 public schools and other public-facing Yukon government services in the territory will be closed. • Other services and businesses in the Yukon…

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Education Community Dinner

Hey KDFN! Join us TONIGHT from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House for an Education and Community Language Information Dinner. Come learn about KDFN’s community language survey and the planned Education Hub. You could win door prizes! Complete the survey at kwanlindun.com/engagement or pick up a copy at the new Kashgêk’…

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KDFN By-Election for one Councillor Position

KDFN By-Election for one Councillor position ⚠️ Please note: You may see ads in the Whitehorse newspapers that incorrectly state the by-election is for Deputy Chief. It is not. This was an error. The by-election is for one Councillor position. Close of Nominations: 4 p.m. on October 5, 2022 Voting Date: November 16, 2022 Notification…

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Orange Shirt Day Design Contest

KDFN Youth! (and parents) Get ready for the Orange Shirt Day hoodie design contest! Create an Orange Shirt Day/ Every Child Matters design for a chance to win. There are two age categories: 6 – 9, and 10 – 18. -The winner of the age 6 – 9 age category, will get stickers of their…

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Elders Council Meeting September 23

Attention KDFN Elders age 60 and over! There will be an Elders Council meeting on Friday, September 23 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Longhouse from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you need a ride, please call in advance. Contact Krysta Easton at 867-633-7800 ext. 131.

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COVID-19 vaccine clinic for September 7, 2022 postponed

Good morning KDFN! Due to staffing issues, the COVID-19 vaccine clinic planned for today will be postponed to next Wednesday, September 14 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m at Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre. Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, thank you, for your understanding. There will be another clinic on September…

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Takhini River sonar numbers September 2, 2022

Attention KDFN.   As of September 2, the Takhini River sonar project has counted approximately 468 salmon.   KDFN is asking Citizens and Beneficiaries not to harvest Chinook salmon in the Yukon River or its tributaries this season.   The situation is critical. Please help salmon reach their spawning grounds to replenish the species in…

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Takhini River sonar numbers September 1, 2022

Attention KDFN.   As of September 1, the Takhini River sonar project has counted approximately 456 salmon.   KDFN is asking Citizens and Beneficiaries not to harvest Chinook salmon in the Yukon River or its tributaries this season.   The situation is critical. Please help salmon reach their spawning grounds to replenish the species in…

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The Community Language Survey is now open!

Hey KDFN! The Community Language Survey is now open! We are collecting information on community languages and sharing information on the planned Education Hub. – Complete the survey at kwanlindun.com/engagement or pick up a copy at the new Kashgêk’ Building. You could win a laptop! Your feedback will help guide language revitalization planning and future…

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If you need to reach us, please phone 867-336-0106.

Attention KDFN, We’ve heard from some Citizens who are having trouble reaching us. If you need to contact Kwanlin Dün First Nation, please phone 867-336-0106. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will get back to you. Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, and thank you, for your understanding.

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Community language survey opens September 1

Hey KDFN! Save the date. We are collecting information on community languages and sharing information on the planned Education Hub. – Survey opens September 1 at kwanlindun.com/engagement or pick up a copy at the new Kashgêk’ Building. You’ll be entered for a chance to win a laptop! Your feedback will help guide language revitalization planning…

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KDFN’s Macaulay Road Homes Lottery closes September 1st at 4 p.m.. The lottery is open to all KDFN Citizens and Beneficiaries, 19 years of age or older. Citizens and Beneficiaries can apply to KDFN’s First Nation Market Housing Program to buy the home. Lottery winners will receive a: • $6,575 grant to use toward the…

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The KDFN Fun day schedule is here!

Hey KDFN! The KDFN Fun day schedule is here! Join us tomorrow (August 27) for activities, music, food and more for the KDFN community, Citizens, Beneficiaries and employees. Bring your appetite, get your bingo daubers ready, and shine up your dancing shoes!

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Gustin Adjun and Bria Rose & the Thorns meet and greet

Hey KDFN! There will be a meet and greet with Gustin Adjun and Bria Rose & the Thorns tonight (August 25) at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come out and meet the artists ahead of their performances at KDFN Fun Day on Saturday, August 27! KDFN Fun Day will have…

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KDFN Basketball

August 18 was the last day of KDFN’s basketball camp. This program was an amazing opportunity for KDFN youth to get together, stay active, participate in something fun, and work in a team environment. And of course, we want to thank KDFN Youth Outreach & Wellness Coordinator Katelyn Dawson and Professional Basketball Player Claire Abbott…

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Takhini River sonar project August 22

Attention KDFN.   As of August 22, the Takhini River sonar project has counted approximately 258 salmon.   KDFN is asking Citizens and Beneficiaries not to harvest Chinook salmon in the Yukon River or its tributaries this season.   The situation is critical. Please help salmon reach their spawning grounds to replenish the species in…

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Takhini River sonar project August 17

Attention KDFN   As of August 17, the Takhini River sonar project has counted approximately 88 salmon.   KDFN is asking Citizens and Beneficiaries not to harvest Chinook salmon in the Yukon River or its tributaries this season.   The situation is critical. Please help salmon reach their spawning grounds to replenish the species in…

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Community BBQ sponsored by Solvest

Hey KDFN!   Solvest is hosting a Community BBQ on Wednesday, August 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. behind Kenädän Kų̀ House of Learning.   KDFN has contracted Solvest to install solar panels on 69 homes in the McIntyre subdivision. These homes were selected because solar panels can only be put on houses with new…

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Class 5 driver training August 22 to 26

Hey KDFN!   Interested in getting your driver’s licence?   We’re hosting a driver training course for class 5 licences from August 22 to 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Kenädän Kų̀ House of Learning.   Pre-registration is required as spots are limited.   For more information or to register, phone Lee Kurtz at…

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KDFN by-election notice

Kwanlin Dün First Nation will hold a by-election for the office of one Councillor.   The writ was dropped on June 16, 2022.   The date for close of nominations is October 5, 2022.   The voting date will be November 16, 2022.   More information to come from the Chief Returning Officer in the…

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DOC TALK: Are you up to date with your cancer screening tests?

Dr. Anke Rhein from KDFN’s Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre advises on how you can take your health in your hands by keeping up to date with your cancer screening tests.   Cancer remains the leading cause of death in Canada. An estimated two in five Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer and about one in…

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Hey KDFN!   Did you get your photo taken at Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House for Elder Appreciation and Celebration week?   Pick up prints of your portrait at the Kashgêk’ Building at 35 McIntyre Drive.   We’re here Monday through Friday, 9 a.m to 4 p.m. We’re away for lunch from noon to one.  …

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Apply for Land-based Wellness camps

KDFN’s Spiritual and Mental Wellness team is holding men’s, women’s, and family land-based wellness camps. In this camp: • maintain personal wellness; • offer strategies to maintain sobriety; and • learn new skills to cope with life and prevent relapses. If you are interested in applying for one of these camps, please hand your application…

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Apply for Post-Secondary support!

Are you thinking about post-secondary in September? Apply now for support through KDFN’s Post-Secondary Education Program! We need your application at least 4 weeks before your program starts. Find out more here: https://www.kwanlindun.com/education/post-secondary-students

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Macaulay Road Homes Lottery #2

KDFN is holding a second Macaulay Road Homes Lottery for the two remaining homes. The lottery is open to all KDFN Citizens and Beneficiaries, 19 years of age or older. Citizens and Beneficiaries can apply to KDFN’s First Nation Market Housing Program to buy the home. Lottery winners will receive a: • $6,575 grant to…

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Wolf, Crow and salmon on new KDFN Council doors

Artist Terrence Cory Shorty designed and painted the Council doors in the new Kashgêk’ Building. In 2020, KDFN put out a call for door designs. From all submissions received, this design was selected by the Artwork Committee. Terrence Cory Shorty is a KDFN citizen of Northern Tutchone, Tlingit, Norwegian and French descent. He is originally…

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Apply for the School Supply bursary today!

It’s August 1st and we’re gearing up for the school year! Applications are now open for KDFN’s $200 bursary for school supplies and fees. To be eligible for this support, students must be: registered KDFN Citizens; and enrolled in school, Kindergarten to Grade 12. You can download the form here or visit the drop box by Kenädän…

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Community BBQ and Open House – Tuesday, August 2

Hey KDFN! We’re having a community BBQ and open house on Tuesday, August 2 from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McIntyre Community Rink. Come learn about the 2022 Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) Summary Report and Fish Lake stories for chances to WIN BIG PRIZES! Join us for: A community BBQ with hamburgers,…

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Macaulay Road Home Lottery Winners Announced

The Heritage, Lands & Resource Office received three applications for the Macaulay Road Home Lottery. Since only three eligible citizens entered the lottery, and each applicant successfully selected the home of their choice, there is no need to hold a formal lottery draw. The three winners are:  1. Ticket 2022-01, Sarah Thibodeau: Lot No. 430 (1 Wylie Cres.) 2.…

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Sacred Fire for the Youth

The Summer 2022 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is now online! We will continue to share stories from this issue here on facebook, and on kwanlindun.com, so stay tuned. Today’s shout out story is: “Sacred Fire for youth” Earlier in the spring, Elders, community members, KDFN Chief Doris Bill and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Chief Amanda Leas…

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Chu Níikwän LP Open House

COMING UP TOMORROW: Chu Níikwän LP is hosting an Open House for KDFN Citizens on the new Alaska Highway Business Park Commercial and Service Commercial Development Opportunity. Thursday July 28, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House Pizza and refreshments will be served.

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Update from Canyon City Construction

For more information on these projects and other opportunities, please contact Office Manager Jesse Bouchard at 867-333-0409. Visit www.cnlp.ca and find Canyon City Construction on Facebook   Class 3 Driver Training for KDFN Citizens We’re looking for energetic individuals to complete a Class 3 driver training course this fall. The goal is to employ drivers…

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KDFN Drop-In Vaccine Clinics for Children 5+ and Adults

9-11:30 and 1-3:30 Wednesday, July 27 Wednesday, August 3 Wednesday, August 17 Wednesday, September 7 Wednesday, September 21   This clinic is open to KDFN citizens or members of their households; and KDFN employees or members of their households. No appointment necessary. Just show up to get your: 1st doses and 2nd doses for age…

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The next generation of climate leaders

Natilee Thompson is one of 10 young climate leaders selected to form the Yukon government second Youth Panel on Climate Change. The youth panel will have the opportunity to gain skills and experience to empower them to continue to take action in their schools and communities on issues mrelated to climate change, and to offer…

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No hoodie pick-up today

Hey KDFN!   There will be no hoodie pick-up today (July 27, 2022) outside of Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House.   Stay tuned for details on the next pick-up day.   Questions? Phone Jasmine Rosentreter at 867-333-0585.   Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho, thank you

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Keeping our community a little cleaner

The Summer 2022 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is now online! Today we want to share another shout out from this issue. Keeping our community a little cleaner Shout out to Roxanne Jackson, Nathan Joe, Alec Joe The Third and Frankie Joe for taking the initiative to pick up garbage, and helping to keep McIntyre a…

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Making Bannock for people in need

The Summer 2022 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is now online! And we want to share a shout out from this issue. Making Bannock for people in need With the support of her family and donations from people throughout the territory, Charlene Waugh spends every Thursday making bannock to drop off at Blood Ties Four Directions…

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Please do not harvest

KDFN is asking Citizens and Beneficiaries not to harvest Chinook salmon in the Yukon River or its tributaries this season The situation is critical. So far, salmon numbers are the lowest on record. As of July 13, 2022, the Pilot Station Sonar count from Alaska was 41,272. Last year, the count to July 13 was…

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Hoodie Pick Up

THIS WEEK >> Pick up your KDFN hoodies, if you ordered before June 15 Citizens and Beneficiaries, pick up outside of Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House this week Monday to Friday, between noon and 1 p.m. Prepaid Canada Post boxes to mail hoodies to Citizens and Beneficiaries not in Whitehorse can also be picked up by…

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Chu Níikwän LP is hosting an Open House for KDFN Citizens

Chu Níikwän LP is hosting an Open House for KDFN Citizens on the new Alaska Highway Business Park Commercial and Service Commercial Development Opportunity. Thursday July 28, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House Pizza and refreshments will be served.

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The Council of KDFN is considering changes to the Election Act

Attention citizens! The Council of Kwanlin Dün First Nation is considering changes to the KDFN Election Act. We are sending this notification because the Governance Act says all citizens must be told about any proposed changes to legislation. The proposal is to make changes to the Election Act, based on the recommendations made by the…

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NEW DEADLINE: Macaulay Road Home Lottery

KDFN has extended the Macaulay Road Home Lottery deadline to Tuesday, July 19 at 4 p.m. Winners will be announced Thursday, July 28. If you have any questions, please contact KDFN Lands at 867-633-7800, or Lands@kdfn.net. For more information, visit Kwanlindun.com/macaulay

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Expression of Interest – Chief Returning Officer

Hey KDFN!   We’re seeking Expressions of Interest for a Chief Returning Officer to serve a term from August 14, 2022 to August 14, 2023.   Kwanlin Dün First Nation will conduct a by-election for one Councillor position in November, and a regular election for Council in March 2023.   The Chief Returning Officer is…

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Indigenous Laws Workshop

This workshop is the first step in a multi-year process to bring forward KDFN traditional laws related to justice.   We will be working with historical and modern stories, and traditional knowledge.   This research is taking place in partnership with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria.   All Citizens and…

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Hat making workshop July 20 – 26

Hey KDFN!   Want to learn how to make traditional hats?   There are five spots reserved for KDFN Citizens to attend a hat making workshop at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre from July 20 to 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   For more info or to RSVP, contact Lauren Gostick. Phone 867-332-0705 or…

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Elder Appreciation and Celebration Week

Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House Monday, July 18th – Friday, July 22nd from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.   KDFN’s Health and Wellness team will be organizing: lunch and snacks, foot care, medicine picking and salve making, haircuts, massages, portraits, Bingo games a drop-in sewing circle a campfire music and much more! Full schedule to follow!…

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Beneficiary meeting about the Trust Fund

Attention Beneficiaries!   Please join us for a special Beneficiary meeting about the Trust Fund on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Longhouse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.   Any Elders that need transportation should phone Krysta Easton at 867-633-7800 ext. 131.   Can’t make it in-person? Attend virtually.  …

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McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan Workshop 2, June 29

Join us for the second McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan Workshop at Nàkwät’à Kų Potlatch House, June 29, 6-8 p.m. Dinner, 5 p.m.   Door prize: $250 BBQ themed prize.   Attend all 3 workshops for the neighbourhood plan and enter to win a portable BBQ package!   SAFE GATHERING AT KDFN: The health and wellness of our…

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Join KDFN’s Election Committee

Join Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s Election Committee This fall, KDFN will hold a by-election for one Councillor position, following Councillor Rosemary Waugh-Wilson’s resignation due to health. And in March 2023, KDFN will hold a regular election for all Council seats. Under KDFN’s Elections Act, Council must appoint three members to an Election Committee to oversee…

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Macaulay Road Home Lottery Now Open

Kwanlin Dün First Nation is holding a first time homeowner lottery for five single-family homes on Macaulay Road in McIntyre Subdivision. The lottery is open to all Kwanlin Dün Citizens and Beneficiaries, 19 years of age or older, who are first-time homeowners. Citizens and Beneficiaries interested in the lottery can apply for a First Nation…

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Road Improvements in McIntyre

McClimmon Cres. in front of the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre is being re-paved. So, access will be limited during the next month.   If you live on McClimmon Cres., please drive through the parking lot of the new Kashgêk’ Building (Community Hub) to get to your home. When visiting Natsékhi Kų̀, please: Find alternate parking…

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McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan Workshop, June 16

Join us for the first McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan Workshop at Nàkwät’à Kų Potlatch House, June 16, 6-8 p.m. Dinner, 5 p.m. Door prize: $250 BBQ themed prize. Attend all 3 workshops for the neighbourhood plan and enter to win a portable BBQ package! A negative COVID-19 rapid test is required on site, and all attendees will need to wear…

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Certified trades presentation June 13

Hey KDFN!   Are you interested in certified trades?   Join us June 13 at 2 p.m. for a presentation in the tent outside the Kenädän Kų̀ House of Learning at 5 O’Brien Place.   Drop in to learn how to get involved, how to become an apprentice, and how to gain hours for apprenticeship…

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McIntyre, Crow & Swan Neighbourhood Plan Survey

Please share your thoughts and ideas for the neighbourhood plan by completing this survey. There are 25 questions. It should only take about 20 minutes. All survey responses are anonymous and will not be used to identify individual people. Copies of the survey were mailed to all KDFN households. It’s also available online: kwanlindun.com/engagement Everyone who…

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – KDFN Representatives for School Council

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – KDFN Representatives for School Council Kwanlin Dün First Nation is seeking Expressions of Interest for KDFN Representatives for guaranteed seats on School Council at four schools.   What do School Councils do?   Yukon Government Dept. of Education – The duties and powers of School Councils are described in sections of…

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Happy National Indigenous History Month!

Hello KDFN, As you may know, June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada. This month, take the time to learn more about your roots, and celebrate your culture. Try learning more about where you come from, like your traditional languages and foods, and the history of your ancestors. Share what you know and what…

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Happy Pride Month!

June 1 is the first day of Pride Month. We invite you to join us in celebrating our LGBTQIA2S+ family! (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Two-Spirit, and more…) Please know that whether you are gay, trans, bisexual, pansexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, two spirited, or anything else, you are loved. Be…

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Prekindergarten health fair June 2, 2022

Hey KDFN!   Students who are starting kindergarten this August are invited to a prekindergarten health fair at the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday June 2.   Kids can get their hearing and vision checked, and there will be a dietician on site.   Children can also get…

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KDFN Community Cleanup

Hey KDFN! This Saturday (May 28), we want to invite you to participate in our community cleanup of McIntyre and Crow and Swan st. Join us and pickup garbage around the community. The cleanup starts at 11:00 a.m. and the BBQ starts at 3:00 p.m. at the community baseball diamond. -Participating citizens can enter to…

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Elders Council meeting – Monday June 6, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Attention, KDFN Elders! There will be an Elders Council meeting at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Long House on Monday June 6, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Things to know: -Fun activities for elders will take place from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.; -You must be fully vaccinated to attend; -Face masks are required; -COVID-19…

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KDFN will proceed with a by-election for one councillor position

Attention KDFN citizens, The KDFN Council wishes to advise, effective immediately, Councillor Rosemary Waugh-Wilson has resigned her position due to health. The Council would like to extend their thanks for her service and wishes her a speedy recovery. In accordance with the KDFN Election Act: 9. (1) A date for a by-election shall be set…

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EOI – KDFN Citizenship Committee Members

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Kwanlin Dün First Nation Citizenship Committee Members The Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) is seeking three KDFN citizens to sit on the KDFN Citizenship Committee. Term: In accordance with the Constitution of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Citizenship Committee members are appointed by the Council to serve for a three-year term. Honoraria:…

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Fire Smart Labourers & Chain Saw Operators

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Position:                 Fire Smart Labourers & Chain Saw Operators Department:                        Community Services Term:                                     Auxiliary On Call (AOC) Start Date:                            ASAP   Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) hiring preference policy is in effect. Consideration will be given first to those individuals who are KDFN citizens and community members. Failure to identify this on…

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Shout Outs from the Winter Newsletter

Do you know a citizen or group that deserves a shout out? We’re looking to celebrate successes, big and small, online and in every issue of the KDFN newsletter. Get in touch with our communications team by calling 867-334-2012 or emailing communications@kdfn.net Language Learners Through a partnership between KDFN and the Yukon Native Language Centre,…

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Happy Nurses Week!

Today, March 9, marks the start of National Nurses Week, 2022. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful nurses and staff at the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre. Kwanlin Dün is fortunate to have a collaborative team of nurses, support workers, coordinators, and administrative staff who are experienced, dedicated, compassionate, and responsive…

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Steven Shorty shares how he beat type 2 diabetes

River Gatensby sat down with KDFN Citizen Steven Shorty, who shared his story about overcoming type 2 diabetes. Steven wanted to tell his story in the hopes that it will inspire others suffering with type 2 diabetes to make positive changes in their lives.   Today, Friday, May 6, is National Indigenous Diabetes Awareness Day.…

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KDFN announces first-time homeowner lottery

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2022   Kwanlin Dün First Nation announces first-time homeowner lottery for Citizens and Beneficiaries Whitehorse — Kwanlin Dün First Nation announced a lottery today for five single-family homes on Macaulay Road in McIntyre Subdivision. The lottery is open to all Kwanlin Dün Citizens and Beneficiaries, 19 years of age…

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New funding partnership adding wind-energy to the grid in the Yukon

New funding partnership adding wind-energy to the grid in the Yukon News Release from: Infrastructure Canada Whitehorse, Yukon, April 28, 2022—The shift to clean, sustainable energy production is important to building healthy communities. Northern communities are especially susceptible to the impacts of climate change and investing in renewable energy infrastructure projects is one of the…

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Expression of interest – KDFN representatives for school council

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST KDFN Representatives for School Council   Kwanlin Dün First Nation is seeking Expressions of Interest for KDFN Representatives for guaranteed seats on School Council at four schools.   What do School Councils do?   Yukon Government Dept of Education – The duties and powers of School Councils are described in sections of…

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Southern Lakes Caribou Relationship Planning

By: Brandy Mayes Over the last few years, the Kwanlin Dün First Nation has been a part of the Southern Lakes Caribou Relationship Planning process with eight other governments. This plan comes from the successful Southern Lakes Caribou Recovery Program that was in place since the early 2000s. At that time, there were estimated to…

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Meet KDFN’s Healthy Babies, Healthy Generations Team!

Bringing a new baby into the world is a big job. This team of nurses and support workers can help new parents-to-be stay as healthy as possible before, during and after pregnancy. Stephanie Coombes, Nurse My name is Stephanie Coombes and I moved to the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an…

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Get a Boost – KDFN Vaccine Clinic

Get a boost! KDFN citizens and members of their households, you can get your booster dose at KDFN’s Vaccine Clinic today (Friday, April 1). You can also catch up on your 1st or 2nd dose, if you still need them. Booster doses are strongly recommended for: people age 50+; adults in or from First Nation,…

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Community Bingo

This page is for the Community Bingo game on March 31, 2022. If you have your bingo cards, and need access to the game please find the info here: Zoom link or call: 1-778-907-2071 The game starts at 6:00 p.m.!

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Rapid Test Pick Up

KDFN Rapid Test Pick Up for Citizens and Employees has moved temporarily. • Wednesday until 4:30 p.m. pick up at 509 Strickland St. in downtown Whitehorse. • Thursday pick up at the at the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre 8:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Apologies for the inconvenience. If you…

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Family recipe for making Bannock

Welcome to Day 3 of the 8 Days of Sharing, Caring & Connection for KDFN citizens! Today, in celebration of our community, we have a video of Jolene Smarch teaching Linda Moen and Natilee Thompson their family’s bannock recipe. (Many thanks Jolene, Linda and Natilee!) Watch the video for tips, tricks, and traditional knowledge around…

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Helping to reconnect Elders in care through traditional drumming

KDFN citizen Doronn Fox made drums for Elders in Whitehorse’s long-term care homes By: River Gatensby For KDFN citizen and beneficiary Doronn Fox, drums are powerful “connectors to our ancestors”. They can bring joy, revive memories and reconnect people to their culture. “The drum is about your heartbeat. It’s about being in your mother’s womb,…

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8 Days of Sharing, Cariing and Connection for KDFN Citizens

This spring, we’re celebrating the KDFN community with 8 days of fun and prizes! Follow the challenges each day and we’ll enter you in a draw to win. Many of the challenges have a prize for citizens under age 25, and another one for citizens over age 25. Important Info: We have supplies — beading…

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KDFN plans to gradually lift COVID-19 safety measures

The Yukon government will lift many of its COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, March 18. Some Yukon First Nations, community organizations and businesses will keep additional measures in place for now. This includes KDFN. Why take a slow approach to lifting safety measures? COVID-19 is still spreading widely in the Yukon. KDFN remains in a State…

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Pre-order your KDFN Hoodie!

Kwanlin Dün First Nation Council is excited to provide a custom KDFN hoodie (pull over or zip-up) from Yukon Built to all registered adult (19+) KDFN citizens and beneficiaries. You must pre-order your hoodie. You can order them online, or download the printable version. To get a KDFN hoodie, you must be: • a KDFN…

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KDFN Drop-In Vaccine Clinics for Children 5+ and Adults

Upcoming! KDFN Drop-In Vaccine Clinics for Children 5+ and Adults Friday, March 25, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday, April 1, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House This clinic is open to KDFN citizens or member of their households; and KDFN employees or members of their households. No appointment…

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Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Programming Survey  

KDFN citizens, tell us what you want to see at the KDCC! The KDCC’s Culture Committee is looking for input to help guide future planning for workshops and events. The first 30 citizens to complete the survey will get a $10 Superstore gift card! And every citizen to complete and submit the survey by March…

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KDFN invests in citizen and community safety through new financial support for treatment and expanded harm reduction programs

KDFN invests in citizen and community safety through new financial support for treatment and expanded harm reduction programs WHITEHORSE–To meet urgent and growing public health needs, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) is expanding its supports for people suffering from substance use disorder. The three programs outlined below were developed to meet the needs and support…

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Snow removal starting soon

Dear McIntyre, and Crow and Swan st. residents, KDFN Community Services will soon be going to each household to remove snow from rooves. We expect to start on February 24, 2022.  There may be a delay between clearing rooves, and removing fallen snow from the ground. However, access to your homes and driveways will be maintained.…

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Canyon City is hiring!

Canyon City Construction is looking for Dump Truck Drivers for the 2022 season. If you would like to apply for this position, please call Jesse Bouchard at 867-333-0409, or send your resume to office@canyoncitylp.com

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Citizens! Keep your address up to date

KDFN Citizens! Update your mailing address and contact info with KDFN’s Registrar today here: https://www.kwanlindun.com/update-your-address/ or by emailing citizenship@kdfn.net If your address is not up-to-date you could miss out on some important things we’re sending out. Please pass this message on to friends and family members!!

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Tree of Life

In recognition of the ongoing grief the Yukon is experiencing with overdose fatalities, KDFN is setting up a Tree of Life beside the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre starting Friday afternoon. There will be several blankets laid out where people can make offerings in recognition of people they’ve lost or for those who are struggling. Because…

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KDFN is mourning the lives lost due to harmful drugs

KDFN is mourning the lives lost due to overdose. Our hearts are with the families and communities of those lost. Health officials warn that street drugs in the Yukon could contain fentanyl or benzos (benzodiazepines). That means they could be much stronger and more harmful than expected. Harm reduction supports in Whitehorse: KDFN’s Natsékhi Kų̀…

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Pick up your rapid COVID-19 tests!

Rapid test pick up for: KDFN Citizens and household members; and KDFN employees and household members. Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House. (Closed between 12 and 1 p.m.)

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KDFN Drop-In Vaccine Clinic for Children 5+ and Adults

KDFN Drop-In Vaccine Clinic for Children 5+ and Adults Friday, January 21, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.at the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House This clinic is open to children age 5+ and adults who are: KDFN Citizens or member of their households; and KDFN employees or members of their households. COVID-19 vaccines available: 1st and 2nd…

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Do you think you might have COVID-19?

We know this is a stressful time, and KDFN’s Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre is here to help. But please know that the heath centre and many government departments are short staffed right now as some employees are isolating or home caring for a sick loved one. So, if you have COVID-19 symptoms or if you’ve…

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“We have weapons in this fight. Let’s use them.”

Over the past two years, COVID-19 has made our people sick, taken lives and brought other more hidden harms. Now, with COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in the Yukon, Chief Doris Bill is calling on everyone to do their part to help end this cycle of sickness.   https://www.kwanlindun.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Chief-Bill-Message-Jan5-2022.mp4 “We have weapons in this fight. Let’s use…

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Omicron is spreading widely and quickly in the Yukon

Stay safe, KDFN, Omicron is spreading widely and quickly in the Yukon. • 325 current active cases • 66 new since yesterday • 2 people are hospitalized. 1 is in the ICU. • Many more cases are going unreported. • This spread can have especially negative effects for people who: o are not vaccinated; o…

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COVID-19 Update – January 4, 2022

COVID-19 case counts continue to rise in the Yukon. – There are currently 269 active cases – 31 new cases have been identified since Monday morning. If you have symptoms, self-isolate and get a COVID-19 test. Here’s how: – Call KDFN’s COVID-19 info line at 867-335-5051 to book a test at theNatsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre…

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Omicron cases increasing quickly

The Government of Yukon reports Omicron cases are increasing quickly in the Yukon. The acting Chief Medical Officer of Health is urging the public to stay home when sick with even the mildest of symptoms: “Like most other jurisdictions in Canada, and as expected, we are unfortunately seeing the Omicron wave rising here in the…

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KDFN Holiday Closure

KDFN offices and the Health Centre will close for the holidays as of 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on January 4, 2022. The Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre will reopen at 1 p.m. on January 4, 2022. Health Centre staff are in training in the morning. Happy Holidays…

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KDFN/TKC Joint Holiday Greeting

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. — TRANSCRIPT: Chief Bill: Dänch’ea and Hello! I am Doris Bill, Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation.…

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A Message from KDFN Council

Dear Citizens and KDFN Community Members, We are reaching out today to explain why Council has made the difficult decision to require proof of vaccination for KDFN employees, and for people who access some programs and services through our Nation. We’re doing this because we value our employees and our community, and we need everyone…

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KDFN Full Vaccine Clinic

Friday, December 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — DROP IN Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House WHO IS THIS CLINIC FOR? – KDFN Citizens and members of their households; and – KDFN employees and members of their households. WHAT’S AVAILABLE? – Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for age 18+ — 1st dose, 2nd dose, or booster shot (for…

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Restorative Justice Week 2021

November 21 to 27 is Restorative Justice week in Canada. This week is an opportunity to talk about different approaches to justice. And, how the ideas behind Restorative Justice can be used in criminal cases, and also in other places you might not expect. So, what is Restorative Justice? It’s a process that can be…

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EOI: Firewood Service Needed

Kwanlin Dün First Nation is seeking individuals and businesses interested in joining a call list in to provide wood to KDFN Citizens on a regular basis throughout the year. Wood is delivered directly to homes as we do not have on-site storage. To be considered, you must: -have your own transportation; -have your own tools;…

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KDFN 2021 ELK AGRICULTURE/CONFLICT PERMIT LOTTERY

About the lottery: KDFN has been allocated 5 Elk/ Agriculture Conflict Hunt Permits for the 2021-2022 Season The lottery is open to KDFN citizens if: you were unsuccessful in the Permit Hunt Authorization (PHA) draw, you adhere to Yukon Hunting Regulations for the Elk conflict hunt, and have or can obtain a valid YG hunting…

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Full COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

KDFN’s Health and Wellness team is offering a full COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in McIntyre. Vaccinations will only be given to people age 18 or older. WHEN: Saturday, November 20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE: Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House on McIntyre Drive First doses will be available for: KDFN Citizens and members of their households…

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A Message from Council on Yukon’s State of Emergency

With extremely high numbers of COVID-19 cases in the Yukon and “widespread community transmission” in Whitehorse, there is a high risk of getting sick. We are concerned about the health and safety of the Citizens, staff and KDFN community. Many more cases are expected in the next few weeks and we are concerned that Yukon’s…

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Looking for the Lands Office?

We’ve moved to the Community Hub — the new Kashgêk’ Building in McIntyre. PLEASE NOTE: This building is currently closed to the public. Contact: 867-334-2624 michele.taylor@kdfn.net

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SPIN Surveys

Over the summer KDFN partnered with YG to study lake trout populations in Fish Lake Łu Zil Män. The survey showed comparatively high populations of healthy fish. Photos: Brandy Mayes, KDFN Lands Operation Manager, Lars Jessup, Regional Biologist for Southern Lakes with Yukon and Kenji Tatsumi Yukon Fisheries Technician out on Fish Lake Łu Zil…

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Porter Creek Land Lottery Results

Thank you to all 30 applicants who entered the Porter Creek Land Lottery. The five winners are identified below in the Lottery Award Sheet.   The Heritage, Lands & Resource Office will contact all successful applicants to arrange the next steps. Unsuccessful applicants can pick up their deposits at the Lands office. Any deposits not picked up…

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November 15 is the deadline for post-secondary funding

Students! Thinking about taking classes? Well, the deadline to apply for financial assistance for the Winter semester is coming up on November 15. If you know you need post-secondary education but aren’t sure what course of study to follow, please contact Kenädän Ku staff at (867) 633-8422 to talk about your options.

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Young Women’s Wellness Weekend

We’re planning a Young Women’s Wellness Weekend and we’re looking for your input! What does wellness looks like for 19 to 30-year-old women? What activities should be included? Get in touch with Jasmine Rosentreter at jasmine.rosentreter@kdfn.net or 867-333-0585.

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Two new trainees will support KDFN fishery projects

Meet the two new additions to KDFN’s Heritage, Lands and Resources Operations team, Kluane Clarke and Errol Ekholm. As Fishery Technician Trainees, Kluane and Errol will help support KDFN’s Takhini River Chinook Salmon Sonar project and other fishery projects. They will also take training to support other KDFN programming. Errol EkholmMy name is Errol Ekholm.…

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‘It’s a vital piece of who I am as a KDFN citizen’

Shayawdustee Pricilla Dawson has spent many hours learning Southern Tutchone. Recently, she graduated from the First Nations Language Proficiency Certificate Program. Next Step: her diploma. “At the end of the day, we need to help create fluent speakers to pass the knowledge down. It’s important to me because the language is a part of our…

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KDFN’S Education Support Coordinators

KDFN’s Education Support Coordinators–formerly called Community Education Liaison Coordinators or CELCs—help students, parents/guardians and school staff achieve student success. They do this by coordinating support and services that assist the student. They also ensure that students have access to cultural experiences both within and outside the school, by working with the KDFN Cultural Educator, Cynthia…

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2021 General Assembly

2021 KDFN General Assembly Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2021 KDFN Citizens, please view the agenda here: TAB 1c Agenda_Oct 30_31 2021 If you have a GA Resolution you would like to put forward in advance, contact: Glenda Koh, Policy Analyst, Executive Council Office 867-633-7800 ext. 132 Glenda.koh@kdfn.net. There is a gift box…

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Rennes Lindsay is building a career in architecture

KDFN Citizen Rennes Lindsay took dedicated care during her final year of high school to complete all of the requirements for graduation, including purposefully taking classes that would look good on her transcript. Last spring, she was on the waitlist to get into an interior design program. Then she found out she’d been accepted into…

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The man behind the camera

Wayne Vallevand’s skills and quick thinking have taken him far throughout his career, and this summer they took him all the way to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Photo courtesy of Wayne Vallevand. This summer, KDFN Citizen Wayne Vallevand went to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as a camera operator for CBC. For the first 14…

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Storytelling specialist honoured for excellence and leadership in teaching

Pat Joe is a KDFN Citizen from the Tagish Nation and the Dak’laweide Clan. This summer, she won a Canadian Teachers’ Federation award for leadership in Indigenous education and excellence in teaching that reflects Indigenous culture. The award was presented on July 15, 2021. “I owe this honour to my grandparents, Julia and Johnnie Joe,”…

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What is the Yukon First Nation School Board?

KDFN is hosting two online info sessions delivered by Tosh Southwick of IRP consulting. We’ll talk about what it is, what it’s not, and explore some common questions. Both sessions will be the same. They will be online only. SESSION 1: Thursday, October 7, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. LOGIN LINK: https://zoom.us/j/99019123592 SESSION 2: Wednesday,…

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From background extra to the big screen

KDFN Citizen Kiri Geen builds a career in Hollywood North By Skyler Isaac with files from Alexander Gatensby Photos courtesy of Luka Cyprian KDFN Citizen Kiri Geen says she got her first job in the film industry almost by accident. A friend was casting background extras—the people you see walking behind the main characters in…

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The Fall 2021 – Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is online now!

The Fall 2021 – Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is online now! In this issue, read about: -KDFN citizen Kiri Geen’s career in film, -the 6,000-year-old Yukon atlatl throwing dart, -Wayne Vallevand’s Olympic achievement, And much more! You can find this and previous Newsletters here: https://www.kwanlindun.com/69724-2/

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Message from Chief Doris Bill – September 21, 2021

As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread and cause sickness, hospitalizations, and deaths in Canada and the US, Chief Doris Bill is speaking out to the community. https://youtu.be/HsgJY9wb5h8 — Danchea. My name is Doris Bill, Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. I am sending this message out today because we are at a…

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Porter Creek Land Lottery

Kwanlin Dün is holding a land lottery for five residential lot leases in Porter Creek, open to Kwanlin Dün Beneficiaries and Citizens only. Porter Creek Lots The five Porter Creek lots are located on Pine Street, Grove Street and Walnut Street.   Lot No- 1469 (1009 Pine St.) $47,065.00*; Lot No- 1348 (93 Walnut Cres.) $42,325.00*;…

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How can you vote?

How can you vote in the federal election? In person on election day (Sept. 20) In person at an advanced poll (Sept 10, 11, 12, 13) In person at an Elections Canada office (Whitehorse Elks Lodge 401 Hawkins Street before Sept 14) By mail (You must apply to vote by mail before Sept 14) Find…

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Salmon for KDFN Elders

KDFN ELDERS!!! We’re giving salmon to Kwanlin Dün Elders. Pick up: Wednesday, September 1, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the community rink in McIntyre. If you can’t come to us, we’ll come to you! Contact Cheyenne Bradley to have your salmon delivered. Cheyenne.Bradley@kdfn.net or 867-332-6419.

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Takhini River Sonar Project Update

In this video, Land Steward Officer Cheyenne Bradley demonstrates how she monitors salmon for the Takhini River Sonar Project using the computer program ARIS. Between July 29 and August 8, 78 salmon were counted. Stay tuned for more salmon updates!

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COVID-19 update – August 5, 2021

COVID-19 case numbers: • Current active KDFN Citizen cases: 6 • Total KDFN Citizen cases since June 1: 74 • Current active cases in Yukon: 53 COVID-19 case counts are falling, and Yukon’s CMOH says we’re on the “long tail” of the outbreak. But, if vaccination rates do not increase to 90%+ we have to…

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KDFN COVID-19 Update for Citizens: July 30, 2021

Yukon’s CMOH has advised that: Currently, KDFN has 9 active cases of COVID-19; They are all isolating and are expected to recover; KDFN has had 70 cases of COVID-19 since June 1; 60 have recovered (including probable cases); and, 1 deceased. We continue to encourage EVERYONE to do what they can to keep themselves and…

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Grandma Treesaw is growing her bannock business

This April, Alexander Gatensby spoke with KDFN Citizen Teresa Ward of Grandma Treesaw ’s Bannock and Catering Services. They talked about how she started her own business and what she’s cooking up for the future. AG: How did you start your business? TW: Around 2011, I started selling my bannock because I needed to make…

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KDFN COVID-19 Update for Citizens: July 28, 2021

Yukon’s CMOH has advised that: Currently, KDFN has 14 active cases of COVID-19 (no new cases since the last update); They are all isolating and are expected to recover; To date, KDFN has had 68 cases of COVID; 53 have recovered; and, 1 deceased We continue to encourage EVERYONE to do what they can to…

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KDFN COVID-19 Update for Citizens: July 26, 2021

Yukon’s CMOH has advised that: Currently, KDFN has 15 active cases of COVID-19; They are all isolating and are expected to recover; None are in the hospital; To date, KDFN has had 68 cases of COVID; 52 have recovered; and, 1 deceased We continue to encourage EVERYONE to do what they can to keep themselves…

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Help preserve Chinook and improve the salmon population for future generations

Kwanlin Dün First Nation is asking Beneficiaries and Citizens not to harvest Chinook this season.   Low spawning numbers and seasonally high water are endangering the salmon population.   Questions? Contact Brandy Mayes, Operations Manager of Heritage Lands and Resources. Call: 867-336-3316, or email: brandy.mayes@kdfn.net.   Read more about how KDFN is working to revive…

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Learning the tools of the trades

From early 2020 to March 2021, five KDFN citizens learned basic skills in carpentry, electrical and plumbing by actually working on a KDFN home, located at 11 Hanna Road. The Housing Maintainer Program is designed to teach students how to do repairs on their own homes, and also give them skills and confidence that can…

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Reach out for support

This continues to be a difficult time for many. We remind you it’s important to be kind to each other and to reach out for support if you need it. You are not alone. • KDFN’s Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre Information and support for KDFN Citizens on mental wellness supports and general health info. Mon…

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KDFN Council has repealed Directive on entering workplaces

KDFN Council has lifted COVID-19 Emergency Directive #1 for entering KDFN buildings and workplaces. That means fully vaccinated* KDFN staff and clients/visitors can enter KDFN workplaces immediately after travelling outside Yukon. *Fully vaccinated means you’ve had both doses of vaccine and 2 weeks have passed since your final dose. But, remember the YG requirements still…

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The Spring/Summer Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is online!

With everything going on right now, we forgot to let you know that the Spring/Summer Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is online! In this Newsletter you’ll find stories like: – Council’s lateral kindness pledge – Grandma Treesaw builds her business, – James William’s path to becoming a doctor, and much more! You can find this and…

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Feel sick? Get tested in McIntyre

Drop in Rapid COVID-19 testing will continue to be available on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at KDFN’s Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre. If you feel sick — like you have a cold, the flu or a stomach bug, or if you’ve lost your sense of taste or smell — come and get a…

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Cheif Bill – July Covid-19 Message

As we continue to deal with Yukon’s COVID-19 outbreak, Chief Bill has a message for citizens and the community: Step up now or be sorry later. Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, mähsi’cho and thank you to everyone who has been doing their part, and to all the KDFN and Yukon healthcare workers for their ongoing dedication to…

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COVID-19 rapid tests available in McIntyre

Yukon will continue to offer rapid COVID-19 testing in McIntyre during the day until further notice • From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Drop in during open hours. WHERE? At the Multi-Purpose Building (The building beside the Potlatch House at 19 McIntyre Drive.) WHO SHOULD GET TESTED? – KDFN Citizens or KDFN staff who…

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Rapid COVID-19 testing is available in McIntyre this week! WHEN? Wednesday, June 30 ……. 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1 …………… 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 2 ………………… 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Drop in any time during the open hours. WHERE? Testing is at the Multi-Purpose Building (It is the…

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Chief Bill media update with Government of Yukon

Chief Bill joined Yukon’s CMOH and Yukon’s Premier for the Government of Yukon COVID-19 media update last week. See the edited Facebook Live video here, courtesy of One Yukon: https://fb.watch/6rpEWBIUkW/ She talked about things people can do to help end this COVID-19 outbreak: 1. Get vaccinated if you can. 2. Follow the Safe 6 +…

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Keep your social bubble small

As we all move through this COVID-19 outbreak, we’re asking everyone to keep their social bubble as small as possible. The more people you have contact with, the more chance you will catch or transmit COVID-19. Citizens! KDFN’s Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre is there to answer questions or offer support 867-668-7289.

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A message to Citizens and the Community from Chief Doris Bill

A message from Chief Doris Bill as we continue to move through the COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse: It’s time to step up and do your part to keep the community safe! #CrushCovid View the message here: https://youtu.be/TTCLWQ8P0l8 Full text: Hello. Dä̀nchʼea. I am Doris Bill Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. I am sending…

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KDFN Citizen Vaccination Survey

Take the short survey: – ONLINE: surveymonkey.com/r/KDFN-COVID – BY PHONE: 867-334-2012 – ON PAPER: Download a copy from kwanlindun.com/engagement or pick up a survey outside the Multi-Purpose Building on or after Monday, June 28. DEADLINE: July 14, 2021 In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse, KDFN is reaching out to citizens to find…

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KDFN COIVD-19 Update – June 23, 2021

Yukon’s CMOH has advised that: Currently, 10 KDFN Citizens have active cases of COVID-19. They’re all isolating and are expected to recover over the weekend. None are in the hospital. Since the outbreak began 12 KDFN Citizens in total have had COVID-19. (Two have recovered.) 11 of the total 12 were not vaccinated. The other…

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Reach out if you need support

We mourn with the Cowessess First Nation as they announce unmarked graves found near the Marieval Residential School in Saskatchewan. If you need support, please reach out: • National Indian Residential School Crisis Line 24 hours a day Phone 1-866-925-4419. • KDFN counsellors, Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre Mon to Fri 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.…

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Be kind

The COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse has been hard for many people. Let’s take this opportunity to be kind, support each other and hold each other up. Let’s build the kind of community and nation that we want to live in. Shä̀w níthän, Gùnáłchîsh, Mähsi’cho, Thank you!

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Follow the Safe 6 + 1 and Chill

Shä̀w níthän, gùnáłchîsh, Mähsi’cho, Thank you to everyone who phoned in to report parties and violations of KDFN’s COVID-19 safe rules over the weekend. There are now active cases in the McIntyre community, and to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will ensure that parties are shut down. Now is not the time to…

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Stay Safe and Take Care of Each Other

As we head into the long weekend, we ask everyone to stay safe and take care of one another. You may have heard Chief Bill asking people not to visit the KDFN community of McIntyre unless they’re working or there for an essential purpose. We want to make sure people know that if you come…

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Message to the community

    Danchea. My name is Doris Bill and I am Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. I am putting out this message to Citizens and to the community because on Sunday, June 13, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared in Whitehorse. Since then, COVID-19 case numbers, including the highly contagious variant, have climbed at…

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KDFN COVID-19 Precautions – Updated June 15, 2021 On Sunday, June 13, the Yukon government’s Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health declared a COVID-19 outbreak in Whitehorse. KDFN has updated its COVID-19 precautions appropriately. Click here for the current (as of June 15) pandemic guidelines for Citizens, staff and the KDFN government.

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Beaver castoreum found on ancient throwing dart sheds new light on traditional hunting technology

Joint news release with the Government of Yukon, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Carcross/Tagish First Nation Link: https://yukon.ca/en/news/beaver-castoreum-found-ancient-throwing-dart-sheds-new-light-traditional-hunting-technology A new study, led by Kate Helwig and Jennifer Poulin at the Canadian Conservation Institute, has identified beaver castoreum as a component of the design and construction of a 6,000-year-old Yukon atlatl-throwing dart. As far as…

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KDFN Covid Alert Issued By KDFN Council

KDFN COVID ALERT Issued by KDFN Council: This notice is to advise KDFN citizens of two confirmed COVID cases in the KDFN McIntyre community. For the next 2 weeks, KDFN government will be moving into Phase II of the pandemic plan, with some adjustments, which means we will be adding extra precautions. Some of our…

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Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre Update

Starting tomorrow, June 11, Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre will return to having clients enter through the main doors. Clients will enter through the main door and will be screened in by our receptionist via intercom until buzzed through to the waiting room. Clients are still required to wear a mask and use hand sanitizer as…

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Beneficiaries! KDFN is seeking applicants to serve as a Trustee

Kwanlin Dün First Nation is seeking applicants to serve as a Trustee. Trustees are responsible for managing KDFN’s Trust. It is important that our Trust Committee is diverse and represents our entire community.   ✔ To be a Trustee you must: • Be a KDFN Beneficiary, as defined in the KDFN Constitution. • Not be…

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KDFN’s land and land-use applications are open for public input

Did you know: Under KDFN’s Lands Act, land and land-use applications are open to public input? You can find all applications open to public input here: www.kwanlindun.com/heritage-lands-and-resources/public-notice-and-comment If you have any questions about the process, please contact our Heritage, Lands and Resources Department at 867-334-2624, or Lands@kdfn.net.

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KDFN Education Hub Community Consultation

What would an education hub in McIntyre be like? 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.   Join us to provide your input, enjoy a barbecue dinner, and there will also…

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Let’s Keep our Community Clean

Last week, offensive words and phrases were spray painted on to the Community Rink in McIntyre. We’re calling out to the community to help keep our shared spaces clean. Let’s work together to create spaces we can all be proud of for our families, our Elders and our youth. And remember to join us on…

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Range Point Joint Master Plan

Citizens! Please take the Range Point Land Planning Survey May 14 to 30, 2021: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HMCTQR2 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…

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Sign up for email updates!

Do you want the latest news about KDFN events, consultations, and activities sent straight to your inbox? Well, now you can sign up for KDFN email updates here: https://www.kwanlindun.com/email/ Sign up so we can get you updates as quick as possible.

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Strategic Planning Survey for Citizens

Kwanlin Dün First Nation Council is developing a strategic plan to guide KDFN’s future direction for programs, services, approaches, and the government budgeting process. Council is very interested in hearing from ALL KDFN CITIZENS, wherever you live. Take a moment to think about our Nation’s future. Let us know what’s important to you, your family,…

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Sacred Fire

There will be a Sacred Fire behind the Nàkwät’à Kų̀ Potlatch House on Friday, May 7 starting at 5pm and going until Saturday evening. COVID-19 safe guidelines will be in place.

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KDFN is developing a strategic plan to guide Council and government over the next few years. If you’re a citizen, we need your input! You can fill in the survey online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9WQCHWM Or on paper – Pick up a copy outside the front door of the Multi-Purpose Building after April 28. Or by phone…

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Easter giveaway for families

Hey, KDFN citizens, Hop on over to the community rink for a fun Easter giveaway for families Wednesday, March 31, 4:30 – 6 p.m. KDFN Heath and Wellness has created family gift bags, and Youth Rec has a fun Easter craft for kids. We’ll give them out until they’re gone. Drive by or walk up…

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Canyon City Construction Garage Sale

Canyon City Construction is hosting a garage sale of used tools and building materials. Initial preference will be given to KDFN citizens. Call (867) 335-3993 to set up a time slot or for more information.

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Women’s Land-Based Healing Program

The application deadline for KDFN’s Jackson Lake Women’s Land-Based Healing Program is coming up on April 5. This camp 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…

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Campaigning in McIntrye

McIntyre residents, As you may have heard a Yukon territorial election has been called for April 12. Over the next month there will be candidates campaigning throughout Yukon and coming door to door. When coming door to door, all candidates must follow COVID-19 safe guidelines, including: – Keeping at least 6 feet of physical distancing;…

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Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? We have answers!

Do you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? We have answers! This information is from staff at the Natsékhi Kų̀ Health Centre, Health Canada,and the Government of Yukon. If you have more questions about the vaccine you can call Natsékhi Kų̀ at (867) 668-7289. Yukon will have enough doses of the Moderna vaccine to immunize…

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On my journey to becoming a nurse

Roxanne Dobbs is a KDFN citizen that pursued her goal of becoming a nurse. She took upgrading courses at Georgian College to earn the certification required for the nursing program. Here’s her story in her own words: School took a lot of dedication. It has been one of the most challenging times in my life…

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Building a career in conservation for the future

Kayla Williams, a young KDFN citizen, is pursuing a career in Conservation Services in BC. Writer Aurora Hardy caught up with Kayla to find out what she’s been up to. Aurora Hardy: What was your inspiration to pursue a career in Conservation Services?  Kayla Williams: The Conservation Officer Services allows for many different opportunities to…

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Jackson Lake Women’s Land-Based Healing Program

Applications are open for KDFN’s Jackson Lake Women’s Land-Based Healing Program. This camp 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. This program…

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Deadline to apply for post-secondary funding

March 15 is your final deadline to apply for financial assistance for the Spring/Summer 2021 post-secondary semester. If you know you need post-secondary education but aren’t sure what course of study to follow, please contact staff at Kenädän Ku to talk about your options. There are many resources available, and staff at Kenädän Ku can…

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A Message About bullying

A message about bullying by Dianne Smith   In our First Nation way, we do not bully any person. We are taught to be careful of how we talk to people, friends, and family. The words we use can hurt others. Elders teachings say that we need to be careful of how we treat or…

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Gertie Tom inducted into the Order of Yukon

KDFN Elder Gertie Tom was inducted into the Order of Yukon on the first day of 2021. Over her long life she has made many contributions to the community, including passing on her knowledge of the Northern Tutchone language. Writer Alexander Gatensby asked Tom about her life and this recent honour.   Alexander Gatensby: How…

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Employment Readiness Bootcamp

A series of employment readiness courses are coming up for KDFN citizens who are either unemployed or underemployed. If you are looking to build your skills in order to get a job, check out one of the many courses offered at the Health Centre coming up. To sign up, please contact Gayle Ball, Employment Support…

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Permit to hunt elk on Kwanlin Dün Settlement Land

Permit to hunt elk on Kwanlin Dün Settlement Land   Yukon licensed elk hunters need a Kwanlin Dün First Nation Access Permit to hunt elk on Kwanlin Dün First Nation Settlement Land.   To receive your permit, please email Brandy Mayes at brandy.mayes@kdfn.net.   In your email, please include a PDF copy of your: Yukon…

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Amendments to the Lands Regulation

February 4, 2021 Dear Kwanlin Dün Citizens: Re: Amendments to the Lands Regulation   The Council of Kwanlin Dün First Nation is considering a change to the KDFN Lands Regulation. We are sending this notification because the Governance Act says all citizens must be told about any proposed changes to legislation. The proposed Regulation to…

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Meet your Land Stewards

Meet your Land Stewards KDFN’s team of dedicated stewards and working to be the “eyes and ears” of our Traditional Territory. They use Indigenous knowledge and practices blended with western science to monitor and care for our lands and waters. Land Stewards have many roles and responsibilities in our community. Here are a few things…

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The winter 2021 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is here!

The winter 2021 Kwanlin Dän Ch’a Newsletter is here! Inside this issue: Chief speaks out against discrimination Find out about the COVID-19 vaccine KDFN’s new Lands Act Jackson Lake camps and more! Click here to read it online. Visit our publications page to read our previous newsletters.

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Act to amend the Governance Act

The Council of Kwanlin Dün First Nation is considering a change to the KDFN Governance Act.   The proposal is to change who sits on the Standing Committee on Policy and Legislation. Currently, this committee includes: two elected members of Council; the Elder and youth appointees to Council; and three staff members (the Executive Director…

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Territorial Court announcement

On January 11, 2021 the Territorial Court announced that it had resumed in-person hearings, as long as they are able to take place safely. Physical distancing measures will be taken, and the court “will continue to assess the feasibility of hearing matters partially in person and partially by phone or video on a case-by case…

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EOI – Council chambers door artwork

KDFN Citizens! Design the Council doors in the new KDFN Community Hub Building Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) is constructing a new Community Hub Building that is scheduled for completion in spring 2021. The design of this building reflects the Kwanlin Dün community, its hertiage and its culture. The doors to Council Chambers will showcase…

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Land-based family camp registration

Registration has now started for land-based family camps! This camp is about you and family being together and playing together. KDFN staff will be there to facilitate activities and make sure that we all have a safe, fun, and relaxing time together. If your family wants to just relax and not participate in activities, take…

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KDFN’s Pandemic Plan

Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s Pandemic Team has put together a Pandemic Plan for the First Nation. This document will change as guidance from Council and Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health changes. We will keep an up-to-date version on our website. KDFN_PandemicPlan_booklet_Dec11

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Government of Yukon review of inclusive and special education

The Government of Yukon is conducting a review of inclusive and special education across Yukon. To gain feedback from families and educators, a focus group session specifically for Kwanlin Dün First Nation citizens and staff has been arranged for Thursday, December 17 at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of this session is for the Government to…

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Fill out our surveys for a chance to win prizes!

Hey KDFN Citizens, We need your feedback! We have 2 surveys out now and your name will be entered in a draw for some great prizes just for filling them out. One is on RCMP Workspace in the Community, and the other is on the next steps for the new Multi-Purpose Building. You can find…

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Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) Planning Committee

Do you love Fish Lake? Have ideas about how the land can be shared and respected? Want to help create a vision for future generations? KDFN & Yukon government are making a land use plan for Łu Zil Män (Fish Lake) and we need your help! We are looking for KDFN community members who want…

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Headbands for the parade

Did you know? Santa’s Parade of Lights is coming through McIntyre on Saturday, December 5! Recreation is creating craft kits for youth to design their very own homemade headbands to wear to the parade. In the kits, youth will find art supplies to create a reindeer headband, or a winter critter of their choice. If…

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Emergency Measures on Entering KDFN Workplaces and Buildings

On November 18, Kwanlin Dün Council exercised its powers under its self-government agreement to put an emergency directive in place to keep KDFN citizens and staff safe. These measures are in addition to and apart from any restrictions imposed by the Yukon Government. You may not enter a KDFN workplace for 14 days: after travelling outside…

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Masks

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation in Whitehorse, the Kwanlin Dün government has adopted new protocol on wearing masks in the workplace and in KDFN buildings. Please note that all KDFN buildings remain closed to the public, unless you have an appointment. Effective immediately, you must wear a mask at all times when you…

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House of Learning in-person meetings

Currently our building is closed to the public. What supports are offered at this time? Staff are available to meet citizens in-person to provide services and support! Book your appointment ahead of time and call 633-8422 School Age Education ext. 502 Post Secondary Education ext. 512 Employment and Training ext. 516 Resume and Job Search…

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Post Secondary Funding Deadline: November 16

November 16 is your final deadline to apply for financial assistance for the Winter 2020 post-secondary semester. If you know you need post-secondary education but aren’t sure what course of study to follow, please contact staff at Kenädän Ku to talk about your options. There are many resources available, and staff at Kenädän Ku can…

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Laptops for students (Delayed until January 2021)

Laptops for K-12 Yukon students have been delayed to the end of January due to delivery issues. KDFN Education will contact applicants to arrange delivery after the shipment has arrived. Due to the growing need for computers at home, the Government of Yukon and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) have partnered to purchase laptop computers…

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We’re still looking for citizens to sit on school council

We’re still looking for citizens to sit on school council Put your name forward to become a representative: Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) is seeking Expressions of Interest for KDFN Representatives on Yukon School Councils.   Your participation counts! School Councils take on important responsibilities, such as: reviewing and developing school-based policies; supporting school growth…

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Elk/Agriculture Conflict Hunt Permits

KDFN has been allocated 3 Elk/Agriculture Conflict Hunt Permits for the 2020-21 Season. ELIGIBILITY: You can enter the lottery for one of these permits if you: -are a KDFN Citizen; -are over 16 years of age; -were unsuccessful in the Permit Hunt Authorization draw; -did not receive an Elk/Agriculture Conflict Hunt Permit in the past;…

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Community Services Update

COVID-19 has many Canadians doing more home renovations resulting in a shortage of materials from suppliers. Community Services wishes to advise this shortage will create delays in KDFN housing maintenance for the unforeseeable future. Orders of necessary materials such as doors, windows and plywood are taking up to 8 weeks to arrive in Yukon.

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Safe at Home News Release

The Safe at Home Progress Report highlights the momentum towards ending and preventing homelessness across Whitehorse between 2017 and March 2020.   The report shows progress and action on the goals and priorities identified in the original Safe at Home community-based plan to end and prevent homelessness, which was endorsed by four government partners, the…

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School Supply Bursary Application (K-12)

KDFN Education is now accepting school supply bursary applications! A secure mailbox and applications are available at the front door of the Kenädän Ku House of Learning. For more info and for the application form, visit our Education page.

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KDFN and RCMP Sign Letter of Expectation

  On July 21, 2020, KDFN and the RCMP signed a Letter of Expectation (LOE) under the Community Tripartite Agreement (CTA.) The LOE defines and promotes positive and cooperative relationships and provides policing priorities, goals and strategies that are specific to the needs of Kwanlin Dün First Nation. The four priorities in the LOE are…

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KDFN and TKC Joint News Release

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC) and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) are calling on Yukoners and all travellers passing through the Whitehorse and surrounding area to support efforts to protect and preserve the cultural and environmental integrity of First Nation Settlement Lands.

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Post-Secondary Deadline Extention

The deadline to apply for financial assistance for the Fall 2020 post-secondary semester has been extended to July 15, 2020. If you know you need post-secondary education but aren’t sure what course of study to follow, please contact staff at Kenädän Ku to talk about your options. There are many resources available, and staff at…

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A message from the Chief to parents

Dear Parents:   I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.  I realize the coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on all of us in one form or another. As unexpected and challenging as it has been, I am proud of our people for adapting, because the ultimate goal is to keep everyone safe.…

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Community Services

Community Services Garbage Notice

Community Services has released a notice in response to the number of inquires they receive as it relates to the household and curbside garbage collection in the McIntyre Subdivision and Crow/Swan Streets.

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COVID-19 Update May 15, 2020

On May 15, 2020, the Yukon Government released its plan for easing COVID-19 restrictions. KDFN is currently reviewing the plan for potential impacts on programs and services and will have more information in the coming days.

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KDFN COVID-19 Updates

This page is the best place to learn about Kwanlin Dün First Nation service delivery throughout the COVID-19 (coronavirus) global pandemic.

Updated May 1, 2020

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Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a group of volunteers who help modest income individuals file their taxes for free. Due to physical distancing, these volunteers are working from home. To access this service

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Should I Be Wearing a Mask?

With so much information in the media about masks, it can be hard to know if you should wear one. Let’s start by looking at the three common types of masks

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April Relief Measures: COVID-19

On March 27, 2020, the Kwanlin Dün First Nation Council passed COVID-19 relief measures for all Kwanlin Dün citizens. The deadline for all COVID-19 Relief applications, other than April rent/mortgage relief (May 31), is June 30, 2020.

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Street Drugs can be Deadly

Naloxone kits and training are available at KDFN Health Centre at nursing drop-in clinic and all is confidential. If you know someone who uses street drugs,

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Kwanlin Dün Celebrates New Community Playground

The playground Dunèna Nàkwätsʼäye, which translates to Children Play in the Southern Tutchone language celebrated it’s grand opening with community members on May 27, 2019.   Click here to read the full news release.

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Declaration of Commitment News Release

June 19, 2018 was a historic day in the Yukon. The Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, and the City of Whitehorse signed a Declaration of Commitment document, the first of its kind in the territory.   Click here to view the news release for the Moving Forward Together event  

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Yukon Rookie League Welcome Celebration

Yukon Rookie League Welcome Celebration on Friday June 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the KDFN Baseball Diamond! Click here to view the article ‘Kwanlin Dün’s baseball diamond to get makeover after Blue Jay charity donates thousands’   Click here to view KDFN’s full news release

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CONGRATULATIONS JIBC Graduates

Thirteen graduates completed a five-week course and were awarded Associate Certificates in Community Safety from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

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