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Ross River is a small settlement situated at the confluence of the Ross and Pelly rivers; it is home to a uniquely artistic community ranging from carvers to drummers. 

The Kaska people make up just over 85 percent of the total population of 367 (June 2012) and the Ross River Dena Council is one of three Yukon First Nations without a land claims agreement.  

Historically, Ross River was once an important trading post for the Kaska people. Today, the community is the gateway to the North and South Canol Roads and offers the only service station on the Canol Road.  Many residents of Ross River continue the long-established custom of subsistence living through hunting and fishing.

The Dena Cho Trail, a traditional route used by the Kaska people, runs 67 kilometers along the north bank of the Pelly River and connects Ross River with Faro – a popular hiking route for residents and tourists alike.

Yukon territorial departments, federal and First Nation administration are the main employers of the community. 


There are approximately 130 private dwellings (2011) in Ross River, predominately single-detached dwellings.  

  • Ross River Dena  
    Provides housing for their citizens
  • Yukon Housing Corporation (YHC)
    Yukon Housing Corporation offers 14 social housing units and 12 staff units in Ross RIver . The Corporation also offers programs and services that enable home renovations, construction of additional rental suites, mortgages and financing.

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The main employers in Ross River are with government: Federal, Territorial, and First Nation.  Accommodation, food services, recreation services and the arts sector also provides employment in Ross River.


Seasonal wilderness guiding provides some employment; hunting, in particular, extends the typical summer tourist season into the fall. The popularity of the area among Yukon hunters increases seasonal traffic substantially.


Many people in Ross River practice subsistence economic activities, supplying themselves with much of their food through hunting and fishing.


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  • Yukon Employment Central
    Provides job boards, employment counseling, workshops and more
  • YuWIN
    Online employment resource for employers and job seekers, including current job listings, the Yukon labour market, career planning, education, and training
  • Yukon Workfutures
    Guide to work opportunities in the territory that provides information on the labour market, working conditions, education, and employment prospects
  • Invest Yukon: Yukon Employment Connection
    List of employment-related websites to help your search for employment