The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation Peoples of Dawson

Walk the streets of Dawson City and you’ll meet our citizens whose contemporary lifeways are proudly rooted in our heritage. Our citizens continue to follow the timeless traditions of hunting and gathering on the land and teaching our youth valuable subsistence skills and cultural practices. Our homes are built by our progressive housing program. We are engaged in every aspect of community education and well-being.

We have lived around the big rivers of the Yukon interior for thousands of years. Our culture was strong and vibrant and we thrived and survived on our own terms. Newcomers trickled into our lands gradually in the 1800s, then in a massive wave as thirty thousand stampeders arrived in 1897–98.

Our esteemed Chief Isaac lessened the negative impacts of the newcomers by moving our families downriver to Moosehide Village and safeguarding the Hän songs with Alaskan relatives. For the next one hundred years our people and resources suffered many great hardships.

We have worked hard to re-establish a healthy equilibrium and a new economic base for our community. Fittingly, our land claims treaty forged a new way for us in 1998, exactly a century after the gold rush.

Today, Moosehide is our home away from home and our connection to this place remains strong. We gather at Moosehide every second summer to celebrate our culture, rejuvenate our language and replenish our spirits. We welcome visitors to join us for feasts, stories, dancing and drumming in the spirit of friendship and reciprocity.

We have a long history of welcoming people

My name is Angie Joseph–Rear. My parents are Joe and Sthose who travel these lands with us. We share usan Joseph and I grew up at Moosehide Village and in Dawson City. I am a beader and a hunter, a mother and a former Chief, a Hän speaker in training and a residential school survivor. I have worked for Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, my Nation, all my life. We have a long history of welcoming people into our territory. It is Tr’ëhudè – our traditional law – to care for our skills and knowledge, learn from each other – that is how we move forward and maintain good relationships.
Elder Angie Joseph-Rear

Things to do in Dawson City

Moosehide Gathering

Moosehide Gathering

July 25, 2024 - July 28, 2024

Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2024

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Dawson City Boat Tours on the Yukon River

Dawson City Boat Tours on the Yukon River

May - September / $100 to $110 per person

Artists in Dawson City

Photo of Faye Chamberlain

Faye Chamberlain

Photo of Stormy Bradley

Stormy Bradley

Points of interest in Dawson City

  1. Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre - Explore our world and gain fresh perspectives on the gold rush with a Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in guided tour, a short film, hands-on cultural activities, bannock making, and a gift shop full of locally made beaded slippers, arts and crafts.
  2. Moosehide Gathering - Celebrate with us at this biennial Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in gathering that brings people together to share our heritage, culture and traditions.
  3. The Ninth Ave Trail And The Crocus Bluff Trail - Walk, bike, ski or snowshoe the Ninth Ave Trail that connects with Crocus Bluff Trail, the Midnight Dome Trail and the Moosehide Trail (limited access).
  4. Tr’ondëk Lookout - Hear the story of this vibrant Hän fish camp and the role it played in the survival of our people as told through interpretive panels at this National Historic Site at the confluence of the Klondike and Yukon rivers.
  5. Joe Henry Highway - Head north to Tombstone Territorial Park and the Blackstone River on the traditional travel route of our renowned Elders Joe and Annie Henry. Known to some as the Dempster Highway, to us it will always be Joe Henry’s Highway, filled with vistas, caribou and birds to tempt your camera.

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) is a non-profit, stakeholder-based organization that is committed to growing and promoting vibrant and sustainable arts/culture and tourism sectors.

Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
1-1109 Front Street (White Pass Building)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A-5G4

Phone 867.667.7698

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