The Tatshenshini River
The Tatshenshini River is designated as a Canadian Heritage River in the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations' Final Agreement. The designation aims to conserve and protect the river heritage, give them national recognition, and encourage the public to enjoy and appreciate them in a sustainable way.
As a Heritage River, the Tatshenshini is preserved and protected through a management plan, which is jointly prepared by Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Yukon government.
The management plan looks at the river's conservation and management, recreational use of the river, water quality and waste management, and public information and interpretation of the site.
Chapter 13 of the Final Agreements for many of the First Nations includes the designation of historic sites. The sites are locations that – for those First Nations – have shaped their way of life. They may be connected with remarkable people or with key events in our history, or they may have another type of cultural significance.
A Historic Site Designation protects and commemorates the value of the site. For those designated in the Final Agreements, there is often a connected Management Plan, which guides and directs the preservation and protection of the site with natural factors such as time and changing uses of the site by people and businesses.