Kwanlin Dün First Nation

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The Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) is located in and around Whitehorse in Yukon, Canada.

The Kawnlin Dün is the largest First Nation in Yukon. Linguistically, the Kwanlin Dün are affiliated with the Southern Tutchone Tribal Council. The Kwanlin Dün include members who are Southern Tutchone, Tagish (Tagish Ḵwáan), and Tlingit.


Their traditional territory extends from Marsh Lake to Lake Laberge along the Tahgàh Cho (the Tagish name for Yukon River).


Their name is referring to a section of the Yukon River from Miles Canyon Basalts to the White Horse Rapids which their ancestors called Kwanlin in Southern Tutchone meaning "running water through canyon". Together with the Southern Tutchone word Dän or Dün for ″people″, they referred to this location for naming the KDFN.


The Kwanlin Dün First Nation signed a land claims and self-government agreement on February 19, 2005. As part of the land claim agreement, KDFN received 1042 km2. of Settlement Land within the traditional territory. Over 30 km2 of KDFN's Settlement Land are within the City of Whitehorse boundaries.

As a self-governing First Nation, KDFN has its own constitution. Doris Bill was elected as the Chief of the First Nation in March 2014, succeeding Rick O'Brien.[1] Council members as of 2014-2015 are: Jessie Dawson, Judy Gingell, Charlene Charlie, Sean Smith, Alicia Vance, Howard MacIntosh, Dennis Calbery, and Youth Council representative Tayler Vallevand-Vance.


KDFN was involved in the building of a new cultural centre on the banks of the Yukon River, in downtown Whitehorse. The official opening of the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre occurred in June 2012.


  1. ^ "Doris Bill elected Kwanlin Dun chief". Yukon News. March 20, 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2015.

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