Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

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Head of Government/Organization: Hähkè Darren Taylor

Description: The stories of the Elders, their words about the land, and material remains found throughout the region reflect the long and rich heritage of Indigenous people living in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory. For thousands of years traditional knowledge has passed from generation to generation providing people with the skills and wisdom required to survive in Yukon’s challenging environment.

Many of today’s Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, (Hän for people of the river) are descendants of the Hän-speaking people who have lived along the Yukon River for thousands of years. Those ancestors traveled extensively throughout their territory harvesting salmon from the Yukon River and caribou from the Fortymile and Porcupine Herds. Moose, small game, and a variety of plants and berries provided additional food sources. Other raw materials, needed to make tools, clothing and shelter, were procured from this diverse and rich environment. The Hän traded with neighboring First Nations people and maintained interrelations through family connections and frequent gatherings.

The government is growing and evolving to support Citizens in ensuring a strong and healthy future while maintaining connections to traditional knowledge and the land. Promoting the Hän language, learning traditional skills from Elders, and investing in youth have all strengthened Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in development. This respect for their heritage and dedication to the future is reflected in a variety of ways.

The bi-annual Moosehide Gatherings, the establishment of Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, the designation of Tr’ochëk National Historic site, and the return of the traditional songs, which were once entrusted to Alaskan First Nations people, all reflect Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in investment in their future and pride in their rich heritage.

Treaty/Land Claim Agreements: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Self-Government Agreement

Signatories to the Agreement: The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government, Government of Canada, Government of the Yukon

Key Dates: The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Self-Government Agreement was signed July 16, 1998 

Brief description of the region covered by claim: The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Traditional Territory spans from large areas west of the Yukon River to Dawson City, to the Tombstone mountain range.

Total Land Area: 2,598 square kilometres

# of Citizens: 1,300 (350 in Traditional Territory)

First Nations/Inuit within the Land Claims Area: Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in

Indigenous Languages Spoken:  Hän

Head Office Address: 1242 Front Street, Dawson City Yukon, Y0B 1G0

Media Contact:
Elaine Corden, Director of Communications & Policy

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