July 13, 2020 – Ta’an Kwäch’än Council has joined forces with Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) to ask Yukoners and all travellers passing through the Whitehorse and surrounding area to support efforts to protect and preserve the cultural and environmental integrity of First Nation Settlement Lands.With a growing population in the Whitehorse area, KDFN and TKC Settlement Land has become a destination for more people each year. These lands are increasingly used for hiking, camping, dog walking, biking, wildlife viewing, off-road vehicle use and many other recreational pursuits. Due to the present COVID-19 regulations, TKC lands staff are recording a significant increase to the number of people utilizing Settlement Lands for recreational purposes. Because Whitehorse serves as a busy hub for Yukoners, travellers passing through to Alaska, and British Colombia residents who are now able to enter the Yukon freely, both First Nation governments are concerned of the negative impacts future use will have on these important areas.The key areas of concern for KDFN and TKC Settlement Lands include:
- Unauthorized usage, vandalism and destruction of cultural sites, including traditional family cabins and camp sites.
- Unauthorized structures, and the creation of trail obstructions and cutting of trees.
- Unauthorized trail development and road network development.
- Social media promotion of specific wildlife viewing sites.
- Increased pet waste, litter and dumping.
- General environmental and habitat degradation.
- A general lack of awareness by the general public about First Nation land management practices.
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council is asking members of the public to refrain from using Settlement Land sites in order to allow the land, water, and wildlife populations time to heal. If visitors are uncertain if they are using Settlement Land or have questions about land management practises, we are invited them to contact TKC or consult Settlement Lands maps.
|Scott Paszkiewicz||Manager Lands Resources & Heritageemail@example.com|
|Dawn Hansen||Natural Resources Technicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Kristina Beckmann||Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Natalie Leclerc||Land Use Planning Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Testloa Smith||Lands Stewardemail@example.com|
|Hannah Gray||GIS Analystfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Anne-Marie Miller||Heritage Technicianemail@example.com|
|Nick Howitt||Environmental Assessment Technicianfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Andre Eckert-Maret||Wildlife Monitoremail@example.com|
|Shawna Tizya||Wildlife Monitorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roberta Behn||Heritage Programs Coordinatoremail@example.com|