Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) is a self-governing First Nation located in the southwest Yukon and northern British Columbia. CAFN’s Constitutional right to govern its land, people and resources was confirmed with the signing of the CAFN Final Agreement with the governments of Canada and Yukon in 1993.

Of the Yukon’s fourteen First Nations, CAFN is one of the largest with a membership of more than 1,100 people. Its Traditional Territory covers 41,000 square kilometers, 29,000 of which are located in the Yukon and 12,000 in British Columbia.

The homeland of CAFN is a land of great natural beauty and biological richness. It is a land of steep mountains, surging glaciers, fast flowing rivers, rolling tundra plateaux and forested river valleys. Much of Kluane National Park & Reserve (Yukon) and all of Tatshenshini-Alsek Park (B.C.) lie within CAFN’s Traditional Territory.

CAFN was named after two of its historic settlements: Champagne, located on the Dezadeash River; and Aishihik, situated at the headwaters of the Alsek River drainage. Formerly, the Southern Tutchone population was located throughout the region in seasonal villages including Kloo Lake, Klukshu, Canyon, Shäwshe and Hutshi. Today, CAFN has permanent communities in Haines Junction, Canyon, Champagne, Aishihik, Klukshu and Takhini River, and provides housing to about 118 families.

The main CAFN administrative office is located in Haines Junction, and the First Nations also maintains a busy office in the territorial capital of Whitehorse.

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations government is actively working to strengthen and enhance its traditional Southern Tutchone language and culture, and to support Citizens in improving their quality of life.

This progressive self-government intends to improve living conditions and pride in their communities by working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to increase homeownership and renovate existing houses.

CAFN Vision Statement:

We, the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people and our government, shall promote a healthy, unified and self-reliant people, while conserving and enhancing our environment and culture.

“This is a major step toward building self-reliant citizens and communities for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN). With the Fund’s backing, CAFN can realize its long-standing Strategic Plan goal for homeowership by Citizens on our Settlement Lands.”
— Chief James Allen, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (December 2011)

Contact Information:

Terry Rufiange-Holway, Director of Housing and Municipal
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
#1 Allen Place, P.O. Box 5310
Haines Junction, YT
Y0B 1L0
Ph.: 867-634-4219 ext. 219
Fax: 867-634-2962
Email:  tr-holway@cafn.ca
Website: http://www.cafn.ca