The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is a self-governing First Nation with Traditional Territories in the Yukon Territory and Northern British Columbia. The First Nation has an administrative centre in Haines Junction but also operates an office in Whitehorse.
Traditionally, the town site of Haines Junction was a stopover place for people on the move to other areas; its traditional name is Dakwakada or "high cache." The First Nations’ traditional territory is the southwestern Yukon and northwestern British Columbia, and its tribal council affiliation is the Southern Tutchone Tribal Council.
The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations' traditional territory is the home of the Southern Tutchone people of the southern Yukon region. There are many villages within this area, such as Champagne, Klukshu, Aishihik and Hootchi. The Southern Tutchone language is part of the Athapaskan language family.
The Southern Tutchone people lived a nomadic way of life and relied on the land and its resources for survival. Salmon remains one of the rich resources found in this area. Many Southern Tutchone people harvest salmon at the village of Klukshu and at Shäwshe (Dalton Post).
Along with three other First Nations, CAFN signed their land claims and self-government agreements in 1993. The agreements came into effect in 1995.
Under their land claims agreement, CAFN has a role in the management of resources in their traditional territory; for example, they are a full partner on the Kluane National Park Management Board and the Alsek Renewable Resources Council.
The First Nations has a strong Heritage Department, which focuses on archaeology, documentation of oral traditions, and promoting song, dance and the arts of the Southern Tutchone culture.