I am pleased to welcome you to the Kluane First Nation website where you will find all the information you'll need to gain a better understanding of our government and community. Whether you are a resident of the Kluane country, a business owner, potential employee or are considering a move to our beautiful traditional territory you will find that the website will provide you with the information you need about our community, government and the services.
Kluane First Nation is located in one of the last unspoiled and magnificent locations on the planet. The village of Burwash Landing is located on the shores of the large glacial fed Kluane Lake. We are surrounded by majestic mountains that are home to worlds largest non-polar ice fields and our back door is the world famous Kluane National Park. While we are a small community we are connected along the infamous Alaska Highway. The closest city is Whitehorse and is about 2 hours and 45 minutes drive away. While it seems like a long drive, with the views and the wide highway the drive is pleasure.
Our traditional territory covers a large area of the southwestern corner of the YukonTerritory. The traditional territory of the Kluane people has a significant cultural history. Much of this land is largley used and still carried cultural significance today. Our heritage is rich. Our ancestors were nomadic and made use of all the land. Because of our location the Kluane people were in the middle of trade routes that came from interior Alaska, coastal Alaska and northern Yukon. Today many of our Kluane First Nation Citizens identify as being either Southern Tutchone, Tlingit or a mix of both. More recently, we have also welcomed people from southern Canada, America, the South Pacific, Africa and Europe to our community.
Kluane First Nation is a self governing First Nation. We are governed by our Constitution and are a third level of government in Canada. We own and manage 900+ square kilometres of Settlement Land and special management areas. We currently co-manage Kluane National Park with Champagne & Aishihik First Nations and Parks Canada, Asi Keyi Natural Environment Park and Pickhandle Lakes Habitat Protection Area with Yukon Government. In addition to this we have several heritage trails through out the traditional territory.
We, Kluane First Nation celebrate community, self-sufficiency, empowerment and welcome growth through sustainable initiatives and economic development. Our community and government may be small, but we are passionate about our community and the future we are leaving for the coming generations.
Chief Mathieya Alatini
Meetings are being offered to Kluane First Nation citizens to provide a public forum to share highlights of the rentals and home ownership housing policies and for citizens to provide feedback.
The meeting will be structured so that citizens have an opportunity to provide feedback and identify any concerns about the policies. If a representative of Council is unable to attend each meeting written opening comments could be provided and read by the facilitator or other Kluane representatives. Th Agenda will be structured so that citizens have an opportunity to ask questions, identify concerns and/or confirm support of the policies. Roxanne Harper will facilitate the meeting and Kim Kremzar will assist with facilitation of the meeting discussions and recording feedback.
Turtle Island Associates Inc. will develop a report to summarize the kay discussions points, comments, concerns and recommendations. The report will be forwarded to Chief and Council within 10 days or the meetings. The schedule of meeings is proposed as follows (Monday October 13 is Thanksgiving):
Wednesday October 15
10:00 to 12:00 noon Turtle Island to meet with Council to prepare for meeting
1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Elders meeting in Kluane
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Citizen meeting in Kluane
Thursday October 16
9:00 to 12:00 noon Citizen meeting in Kluane
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Citizen meeting in Whitehorse
All submissions are confidential, and due for Thursday August 21, 2014!
You can download the survey here.
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Kluane First Nation
PO Box 20
Burwash Landing, Yukon
Canada Y0B 1V0
Phone: (867) 841-4274
Fax: (867) 841-5900
Toll-Free: (866) 558-5587