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Yukon First Nations, Yukon and Canada
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Self-Governing Yukon First Nations
“Big River People”
First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun
The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun is the most northerly community of the Northern Tutchone language and culture group and is based in the community of Mayo. In the Northern Tutchone language, the Stewart River is called Nacho Nyak, meaning Big River.
Northern Tutchone people of the Carmacks area
Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation
Carmacks is the homeland of the Northern Tutchone people of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation. The community is set on the banks of the legendary Tage Cho (Yukon River) in an area steeped in the rich historical culture of the Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation.
"People of the River"
Based in Dawson, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, or people of the river, are descendants of the Hän-speaking people who have lived along the Yukon River for thousands of years. They traveled extensively harvesting salmon from the Yukon River and caribou from the Fortymile and Porcupine Herds.
Lù’àn Män Ku Dän - Kluane Lake People
Kluane First Nation
The Kluane Lake area is the traditional territory of the Lù’àn Män Ku Dän, the Kluane Lake People. The majority of the First Nations people from this area identify themselves as descendants of Southern Tutchone speakers and follow a matriarchal moiety system of two clans - Crow or Wolf.
Tàa’an Män - Lake Laberge
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council
The Ta’an Kwäch’än take their name from Tàa’an Män (Lake Laberge) in the heart of their traditional territory. Their ancestral lands extended north to Hootalinqua at the confluence of the Yukon and Teslin Rivers, south to Marsh Lake, west to White Bank Village and east to Winter Crossing.
“Running water through canyon”
Kwanlin Dün First Nation
The Kwanlin Dün First Nation is based in the Whitehorse area and includes people of Southern Tutchone, Tagish, and Tlingit backgrounds. Miles Canyon was well known to generations of First Nations people as Kwanlin, which means “running water through canyon” in Southern Tutchone.
"People of the lakes"
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation is located in northern Yukon. Its main population centre is Old Crow. Vuntut Gwich'in refers to the Gwich'in people who lived in Van Tat which translates as "people of the lakes."
“Long sewing sinew”
Teslin Tlingit Council
The Teslin Tlingit Council is the government of the Inland Tlingit people based around the community of Teslin, located on the shores of Teslin Lake in the southern Yukon. The name Teslin derives from tás ten, meaning “long sewing sinew”, describing the 148-kilometre (92-mile) long and narrow lake.
Tlingit and Tagish people
Carcross/Tagish First Nation
The Carcross/Tagish First Nation is located in the town of Carcross. Today many of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation people are descendants of both Tagish and Tlingit. They have a clan-based government and its administrative structure is organized around the medicine wheel.
"Hucha Hudan people - Flatland people"
Selkirk First Nation
The Selkirk First Nation is made up of Northern Tutchone people known as the Hucha Hudan people or Flatland people. They are located in the village of Pelly Crossing on the Klondike Highway in the Central Yukon.
"Shadhäla yè Äshèyi Kwädǟn"
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
The homeland of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations is located in the Southwest Yukon and Northwestern British Columbia. It is named after two of its historic settlements: Champagne located on the Dezadeash River and Aishihik, situated at the north-end of Aishihik Lake.