The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, descendants of the Hän-speaking people, have lived along the Yukon River for millennia; the preservation of the heritage, language and culture of this self-governing First Nation is central to their current administrative processes. This is overseen by the heritage department of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
"For Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, ideas are traditionally carried within Dǟ’òle’ (“the law” or “the way it is”). Dǟ’òle’ shows people how to live in a good way— in harmony and balance with each other and the land."
~ Jen Laliberte, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in have been a self-governing Yukon First Nation since 1998. Descendants of the Hän-speaking people have lived throughout Yukon and along the Yukon River for millennia, and comprise a diverse mix of families descended from Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone and other language groups.
The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in ensures a strong and healthy future for citizens while maintaining connections to traditional knowledge and the land.
The Tr’ondek Hwech’in also have an independent economic-development arm, Chief Isaac Inc., that is a Yukon leader in the areas of commercial-property rental and management; residential and commercial construction; freight-line trucking; and fire-suppression services.
Council of Yukon First Nations