Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre marks Kwanlin Dün First Nation's Return Home to the Yukon River

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre marks Kwanlin Dün First Nation's Return Home to the Yukon River

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre represents Kwanlin Dün’s return to the Yukon River, the First Nation’s traditional home.

The Kwanlin Dün First Nation Final Agreement provided for the development of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on the Whitehorse waterfront. The Centre symbolizes Kwanlin Dün’s deep connection to the Yukon River and the role the First Nation plays in shaping Yukon’s history and culture.

A significant outcome of Kwanlin Dün’s land claim agreement included gaining legal title to riverfront land in downtown Whitehorse within the First Nation’s Traditional Territory.  It was determined early on that this parcel of land would be used to house a cultural centre. 

The main purpose of the Centre is to revive, preserve, and demonstrate Kwanlin Dün’s language, practices, values and traditional way of life for the benefit of Kwanlin Dün people, and to share this knowledge with other First Nations, visitors, and members of the public.

The Centre has also contributed greatly to the revitalization of the Whitehorse Waterfront and offers one of the largest meeting and event facilities in Whitehorse. It has quickly become Whitehorse’s top location for weddings, conferences, and communities events.

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre opened officially to the public on National Aboriginal Day on June 21, 2012.  The celebration began with the launch of a special dugout canoe into the Yukon River and a drumming procession of hundreds of people along the riverfront from Rotary Park to the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

Kwanlin Dün First Nation

Kwanlin Dün First Nation signed its Final and Self-Government Agreements on February 19, 2005.

Who are we?

Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) citizens are of primarily Southern Tutchone, Tagish Kwan or Tlingit descent. With over 1,000 members, KDFN is the largest urban-based First Nation in Yukon.

Where are we?

Kwanlin Dün’s Traditional Territory surrounds Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon. Kwanlin means “water running through a narrow place,” and refers to Miles Canyon in Whitehorse. Kwanlin Dün’s landholdings, including Settlement Land it owns and manages, make KDFN the largest private land owner in the City of Whitehorse.

Benefits of the Agreements

Kwanlin Dün is working towards its goals: a good education for the children, meaningful work, a good quality of life, health and healing for those in need, and contributing to make the community a better place.

Kwanlin Dün First Nation is guided by a constitution, and governed by a Chief and Council who are elected every three years. The governance structure also includes a General Assembly, an Elders’ Council and a Youth Council.  A separate and distinct Judicial Council has also been established to act as dispute resolution body, and to hear appeals on validity of laws, election rules and administrative decisions.

Fun Fact

About 75 percent of the Yukon's population lives within KDFN's Traditional Territory. 

Kwanlin Dün First Nation - People's History & Recent Accomplishments

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