Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Carcross/Tagish First Nation
Carcross/Tagish First Nation (C/TFN) is a self-governing First Nation located approximately 70 km southeast of Whitehorse, Yukon, along the Klondike Highway. Its citizenship is part of the Tlingit people of coastal Alaska and the Tagish from the interior. They follow the Tlingit Clan System, which consists of the Wolf moiety (wolf and killer whale clans) and Crow moiety (beaver, raven, crow and frog clans).
Each clan plays a vital role in the governance of the Nation, appointing clan members to sit on the Executive Council, which is the First Nation’s legislative body. C/TFN has developed its own Constitution and governing policies, and has moved away from the Band Council system under the Indian Act. A management board made up of the various department directors is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the government.
The 2006 Final Agreement provided certainty of C/TFN ownership over 1,561 square kilometres of land, with both surface and subsurface rights to 1,096 square kilometres. An estimated 80 percent of C/TFN's population living within the traditional territory currently own homes on settlement lands. In partnership with the First Nations Market Housing Fund, Carcross/Tagish intends to maximize market based housing options with an opportunity for citizens to renovate existing homes owned. The Nation is also looking to establish a rent-to-own program and is considering residential leasing options for non-C/TFN citizens on settlement lands with restrictions.
“Carcross/Tagish First Nation is honoured to be able to partner with the Fund. It will provide numerous options for its citizens to meet their housing needs. It would instil a sense of pride for our citizens to own their own homes within the settlement lands of Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Owning your own home provides the sense of security now and for the future.”
— Kha Shade Heni (Chief) Danny Cresswell (December 2013)