Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (TH) are a self-governing Yukon First Nation based in Dawson City.

There are roughly 1,100 TH citizens, including descendants of the Hän-speaking people, who have resided along the Yukon River for time immemorial, and a diverse mix of families from the Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone and other northern language groups.

In the 1970s, Yukon First Nations set the land-claims process in motion. Nearly 30 years later, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement was signed, and came into effect on September 15, 1998. Today, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in government ensures a strong and healthy future for citizens while maintaining connections to traditional knowledge and the land. The First Nation is governed by an elected Chief and Council, with direction provided from the General Assembly. The General Assembly gathers twice each year to pass resolutions, approve legislation and provide direction to leadership.

The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Housing and Infrastructure Department administers and manages general housing and rental programs for community residents and plays a key role in the development and planning for new housing construction. Working with the Fund over the last 5 years, TH has tackled governance and other capacity development initiatives and is now focused on addressing their housing shortage. Forty-eight new residential lots have recently been added to the Nation's existing subdivision, and TH will soon complete the necessary policies to support homeownership expansion that will include a mix of market-based housing.

“We are very happy to be working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to increase housing options for our citizens. Home ownership has long been a priority for our First Nation, and the Tr'ondëk Hwech’in Council are pleased that we are one step closer to making this objective a reality.”
— Chief Roberta Joseph (December 2016)

Contact Information:

Wayne Potoroka, Communications Director
Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
PO Box 599
Dawson City, Yukon
Y0B 1G0
Phone: 867-993-7100 ext. 108
Fax: 867-993-6553