Arts, Culture and Heritage
The Carcross/Tagish First Nation (C/TFN) is a Self-Governing First Nation belonging to the Tagish linguistic grouping of the Athapaskan language family. The area also became the home of Tlingit traders from Southeast Alaska who were venturing into the interior of the Yukon for trade purposes, perhaps for 200 to 300 years prior to contact in the Yukon.
The town of Carcross is not the traditional village site of the Tagish people; the original site was in Tagish. Carcross was in fact the seasonal hunting grounds for caribou. Today many of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation people are descendants of both Tagish and Tlingit.
"We will work with people to strengthen our heritage, to give a firm foundation to our peoples lives, and to manage our land well."
Carcross/Tagish First Nation has built its governance structure based on their clan system with six Tlingit clans represented; each clan plays a vital role in the governance of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation.
The Carcross/Tagish First Nation is committed to Restorative Justice and believes in the wellness of its members. In addition, the members of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation are committed to the practice of the Potlatch, and with that, preserving the songs and dances of the clans.
The vibrant history of the Carcross area is evident by the numerous displays and interpretive sites created to showcase it. Historic buildings, ranging from train stations to rustic log cabins, are scattered throughout the downtown core and are presented through a Carcross Walking Tour Guidebook.