The rich Aboriginal history of Carmacks dates back 10,000 years: a main trade route used by coastal Tlingits, northern and interior Gwich’in and other Southern and Northern Tutchone groups.
The Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, a Northern Tutchone-speaking people, are closely related to Northern Tutchone at Mayo, Stewart Crossing and Pelly Crossing and Southern Tutchone of Champagne, Klukshu and Aishihik.
These people traveled regularly along the rivers and overland across foot trails to hunt, gather and trade. The area around Carmacks, including the rich Nordenskiold River, was a favored fishing and trading spot with trails fanning out in all directions.
The Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation became self-governing in July, 1997. They adopted a democratic form of government as citizens elect their Chief and Councillors.
Council of Yukon First Nations