Beaver Creek has been inhabited for over 10,000 years and is the home of the White River First Nation, culturally affiliated with both the Upper Tanana people of Alaska and the Northern Tutchone people to the south and east.
The people of the White River had access to a rich source of copper in streams near the headwaters. They learned to fashion copper nuggets into spear points, arrowheads, tools and ornaments. They also traded these items and raw copper nuggets with other First Nation groups in the Yukon interior who developed their own uses for the metal.
Today, members of the White River First Nation are very active in their cultural revival, promoting traditional dancing, singing and language programs.
The White River Traditional Territory overlaps completely with that of the Kluane First Nation.
The White River First Nation is one of three Yukon First Nations that has not signed a land claims agreement.