Lands, Resources and Heritage

The three branches of the Lands, Resources and Heritage Department have one common goal: the protection of the land, resources and history for the benefit of Ta’an Kwäch’än Citizens. Shäw Níthän!

LANDS              RESOURCES              HERITAGE 

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.

Settlement Lands Signage


    Scott Paszkiewicz Manager Lands Resources & Heritage 601
    Dawn Hansen Natural Resources Technician 602
    Kristina Beckmann Fish and Wildlife Program Coordinator 603
    Natalie Leclerc Land Use Planning Coordinator 604
    Testloa Smith Lands Steward 605
    Hannah Gray GIS Analyst 606
    Anne-Marie Miller Heritage Technician 608
    Nick Howitt Environmental Assessment Technician 610
    Andre Eckert-Maret Wildlife Monitor 611
    Shawna Tizya Wildlife Monitor 611
    Roberta Behn Heritage Programs Coordinator 403