This summer, the Development Department will be providing a Children’s Summer Day Camp for TKC families. Our tentative start date is the week of June 27th and will run into the first week in August. The day camp will offer weekly programming for children aged 7-12 and will include a wide range of activities including horseback riding, canoeing, hiking, beach days, rock climbing, cultural activities, and participation in the Adäka Festival. Space is limited and priority will be given to TKC Citizens. Registration information will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
New Housing Initiatives Announced
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC) is pleased to announce plans for the development of two new housing initiatives on Self-Governing Settlement Lands in Whitehorse to address the housing crisis facing its community. Development will transform two parcels of TKC Settlement Lands within the City of Whitehorse into two small subdivisions. The site at Whistle Bend (C-9B) will involve developing a portion of the 20-hectare parcel to create 24 townhomes. A second site, located on Birch Road in Porter Creek (C-16B) will see subdivision development for 24 lots to accommodate future single-family homes. Home occupancy is expected to take place by 2024.
During the 2020 General Assembly, TKC Citizens passed a resolution declaring a state of emergency for housing, acknowledging the lack of reasonably priced housing for Ta’an Citizens as the government’s top priority. This is the first major housing initiative TKC has been involved in aside from River Bend which is a joint affordable housing initiative between the Yukon Government and TKC’s business arm, Da Daghay Development Corporation.
Chief Amanda Leas was elected in October 2021 and made housing her top priority as a candidate. By completing this new initiative, she is confident the majority of those in need of housing will be able to secure access to safe, affordable housing on TKC’s traditional territory.
“This is a huge step for us. For years we have known the need is there and I am very encouraged we are moving forward. Our families come in many different shapes and sizes, so we are hoping to ensure everyone in need will benefit from these new initiatives. Like the rest of Canada, we have a growing number of Elders and Citizens reaching retirement age. We also have young growing families and single Citizens in need. All those dynamics will be considered as we design and develop these neighbourhoods. It is an extremely exciting time.”
-Chief Amanda Leas, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council
Along with site preparations, plans and permits, TKC is also finalizing policies that will guide the allocation process for these new housing units. This will include creating a housing database and registry system. This project will provide job opportunities to both TKC and other First Nation contractors through formal tendering processes and will provide training for TKC Citizens. Funding for these housing initiatives will be made through dollars allocated through TKC’s Self-Government Agreement, as well as federal, territorial, and municipal housing programs.
TKC is the second-largest private landowner in the City of Whitehorse. Under its land claim, signed in 2002, the traditional territory covers approximately 12,079 square kilometres of land in the Yukon, of which 796 km are designated as Settlement Lands.
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council
NALOXONE KITS NOW AVAILABLE
With the current opioid crisis affecting us all, TKC is taking steps to ensure that Citizens have the tools available to protect themselves and their loved ones against accidental overdoses. Keeping the community safe means having Naloxone Kits readily available. TKC is providing Naloxone Kits to any Citizen who would like to have one. Kits are available, by request, for pick up from our Health building or dropped off by one of our staff. To receive your kit, please contact Julie Smith at 668-3613 ext.405 or email email@example.com.
Community Statement on Opioid Epidemic – Chief Amanda Leas
All required documentation in the application package must be submitted for applications to be considered. If you require assistance completing your applications, please contact the Education Support Worker (ESW) at 668-3613 ext. 401 or email
Applications can be completed online. Once saved you can print and submit in person, or send electronically via fax or email to:
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Citizen Development Department
Attention: Education Support Worker 117 Industrial Road
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2T8 Phone: (867) 668-3613 ext. 401
Fax: (867) 667-4295
Community Statement on Opioid Crisis
Community Statement on Yukon Opioid Crisis
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council would like to express our deep condolences for the recent tragic losses in Yukon. We grieve with the families and are here to support you. Since our new year began, these drug-related losses are now increasing at an alarming rate right in our backyards. We have lost young ones, citizens, members of our community to the tainted drugs that now fill our streets. Our whole community in Yukon is hurting. The opioid crisis must be at the forefront of this territory’s priorities, as we cannot lose another member of our community.
We are asking everyone to rise-up and take a strong stance against these criminals who are bringing these illicit drugs into our territory only to take advantage of some of our most vulnerable. We have a serious drug issue in Yukon, and we cannot turn our heads. The statistics are troubling and break our hearts. We must come together and address this head on – as governments, non-profit organizations, RCMP, citizens of our community. We need to work together to get these drugs out of our territory and to help those at risk.
Drug use does not “clock out” at a convenient hour, nor should the supports put in place to keep our citizens safe.
We must show our love and support for all those who are suffering and help ensure they know what supports are in place in a time of need. Educate your loved ones on the resources available to help people who are using or thinking of using. We need to share this information with them, help them to get what they need, and always give them our love and attention.
As we face yet another health emergency, let us come together, support one another, love one another and ensure we can all live safe and healthy lives. It is our strength, endurance, and our love that will help us to hold each other up.
Chief Amanda Leas
TKC is hiring!
Please see our Employment Page for the latest job opportunities.
Our Condolences: Alice McGuire
It is with a tremendous amount of sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Ta’an Kwäch’än Citizen Alice McGuire who passed away on December 9, 2021. Alice Pamela McGuire (nee Cletheroe) was born on April 1, 1935, and was a member of the Jenny Lebarge Family.
Alice served as the first Aboriginal Female Member of the Yukon Legislative Assembly (1978 to 1982) and went on to become an integral member of Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Elder’s Council.
Her dedication and passion for preserving our government’s history will be appreciated for years to come. Her kindness, passion, and strength for building community unity will be forever missed.
On behalf of TKC Council, our hearts are full at this difficult time. We offer our deepest condolences to Alice’s family and sympathy to all in our community who share with us this loss.
-Chief Amanda Leas