Citizen on the Land Opportunity – January-February 2022

Citizen on the Land Opportunity – January-February 2022

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Lands Resources and Heritage have decided to cancel one of two planned bison hunts for the New Year. A hunting trip, originally set for the week of January 17, open to adult Citizens, 18 and older, has been cancelled.

A second ‘women-specific’ “Citizens on the Land” trip is still scheduled to take place in February. Dates will be set as soon as location is confirmed (**it will be February 5-9th or February 12-16th).  The groups will be travelling by snowmobile, overnighting in winterized tents, and learning on-the-land hunting traditions and survival skills.

No experience is necessary to participate. LRH has winter clothing available if needed, just let us know what items you require.

If you are interested in participating in upcoming trips or want to learn more, please contact Dawn Hansen at (867) 668-3613 ext. 602 or email

 If you are interested in participating or want to learn more, please contact Dawn Hansen at (867) 668-3613 ext. 602 or email

Recycling today for a better tomorrow

LRH entered a partnership with Raven Recycling and Urban Recycling in the fall of 2021. TKC Citizens have been hired to help remove and transport several ‘end of life’ vehicles abandoned on Ta’an properties. Once removed, the vehicles will be taken to Raven Recycling and Urban Recycling to undergo processing. Chief Amanda Leas and LRH Manager, David Irvine toured the facilities at Urban Auto Recycling and Raven Recycling on November 2, 2021 to learn about the step-by-step process involved.

Once the vehicle is delivered to Raven Recycling, and the tires and other reusable parts are removed, Urban Auto Recycling staff run through the process to ‘de-pollute’ the vehicle safely and efficiently. This involves removing all fluids (fuels, oils, anti-freeze, washer fluids and Freon), to ensure that there are no contamination spills during the processing (baling phase). The vehicles are then crushed with a state-of-the art industrial baler which compresses them into small transportable cubes. Raven Recycling then takes the bales and loads and ships them to southern recyclers. The end product will be used to create new car frames, tires, metal cans, trolleys and other reusable products.
This innovative initiative is in conjunction with TKC’s ongoing efforts to restore Settlement Lands to their natural state. As an urban First Nation, TKC is concerned about increased recreational activity resulting in negative impacts and physical damage to trails, buildings and cultural sites, along with an increase in debris, including abandoned vehicles, left by the public at these sites.

LRH has already targeted 12 vehicles for removal for the program. It is estimated there are about 50 abandoned vehicles on Settlement Lands. LRH Manager, David Irvine estimates all 50 will be safely removed and recycled through this program.

TKC’s Family Cooking Program

Who? TKC Child(ren) and Parents
Where? TKC Health Building Kitchen
When? Every second Wednesday starting November 10th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Cooking with ätsųą!


November 10th – Chicken Parmigiana (Cheater)
November 24th – BBQ Beef Cups
December 8th – Chicken Pot Pie
December 22nd – Naan Pizza
January 5th – Salmon Chowder
January 19th – Quesadillas
February 2nd – Beef Stew (Moose)
February 16th – Fish Cakes
March 16th – Quiche Florentine
March 30th – Spaghetti A La Vongole

Come have some fun with your children while preparing a healthy meal!

Children will learn:

  • Basic cooking skills
  • Using appliances safely
  • Measurements & temperature
  • Food safety & kitchen safety skills
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Reading food labels
  • Excessive sugar
  • Learn about the Canada Food Guide
  • Read, follow, and prepare recipes
  • Cooking terminology
  • Learn to work as a team with parents/caregivers and others
  • Taste new foods
  • Kitchen cleanliness and sanitizing
  • Cooking with traditional foods

Space is limited, so RSVP with Debbie Anderson, TKC’s Community Education
Liaison Coordinator, at 668-3613 ext. 413 or

Walking with Salmon and Caribou

Carcross, November 17, 2021

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Carcross/Tagish First Nation are hosting an engagement event to get feedback on the Draft Southern Lakes Salmon Plan. There will also be an update on the Southern Lakes Caribou Plan. The event will be held on November 17 in Carcross. Honoraria and travel expenses will be provided.

Please RSVP, because space is limited.

Feedback on the plan is also welcome from those not able to attend.

For more information, or to participate, contact Fish and Wildlife Coordinator Kristina Beckmann at (867) 668-3613 ext. 603 or email

IMMEDIATE VACANCIES – TKC seats on School Councils available

Have you ever considered sitting on School Council? Did you know that TKC has guaranteed seats on School Council for both Elijah Smith Elementary School and Porter Creek Secondary School? These seats are currently vacant with a term until May 1, 2022, so we are looking for a parent, grandparent or Citizen interested in being a representative for Ta’an students to sit on one or both of these School Councils.

Please contact Development Manager, Jessica Bryant, at 867-668-3613 ext. 408 or email for more information about this exciting opportunity.

Amanda Leas Elected as new Chief

Amanda Leas Elected as new Chief

Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC) Citizens have elected Amanda Leas as their new Chief during an election held on October 18, 2021.

Of the 195 ballots cast, Leas received 77 votes, winning the majority vote over candidates Christina Peters, Doris Anderson, and incumbent Chief Kristina Kane.

Amanda is a member of the Maggie Broeren Traditional Family. She brings an extensive background working as a TKC Manager and is also part of TKC’s Dance Group, a dedicated artist, and an active member of two Whitehorse school councils.

She says her priority as Chief will be putting Citizens’ needs first. Her goals include improving housing, economic development, and increasing sustainable land development and stewardship.

“I am incredibly humbled and very honoured to have been selected. I have been engaged with TKC’s government since I was a child and I bring to the table a proven record of hard work, dedication, and a strong commitment to our community. “

“Living in an urban centre it’s important to protect our land, while still providing our Citizens with a sustainable future. I will strive to ensure our priorities align with our traditions and our values.” The election planned for TKC Deputy Chief was postponed due to a lack of nominations for the position. A process to fill the Deputy Chief position will be determined at a future date.

Janet Smellie
Communications Officer
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council
(867) 334-5298

Polls have closed for the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council 2021 Election

Attention Ta’an Kwäch’än Citizens

For Immediate Release

Whitehorse – The polls have closed for the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council 2021 Election. Voting was held on Monday October 18, 2021 for the position of Chief. These are the official election results:

195 ballots were cast for the position of Chief.

Amanda LEAS was elected with 77 votes and will begin her first term as Chief of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Form 5A: Declaration of Candidate Elected

Form 6A: Certification of Validation of Vote



For more information, please contact the Chief Returning Officer:

Colleen Craft
Phone: (867) 689-1071

Mailing Address:
Box 31532
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 6K8

Care and Respect

Dear Yukoner,

Due to COVID-19 regulations, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC)  lands staff continue to record a significant increase in the number of people utilizing Settlement Lands for recreational purposes. Because Whitehorse serves as a busy hub for Yukoners, the First Nation government is concerned about the negative impacts further use will have on these important areas. Please click here for more information.