Ta’an Kwäch’än Council


On behalf of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, it is my honour to welcome you all to the traditional territory of the Ta’an Kwäch’än, which we share, in part, with the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. We are proud to be one of the founding Nations along with Kwanlin Dün First Nation in the area of present-day Whitehorse, where the 50th Arctic Winter Games will be held.

The Yukon is unique. We are lucky to have such cultural diversity here with 14 Yukon First Nations; 11 of which are self-governing. Yukon First Nations are each distinct, yet we share common values with respect to honouring our cultures, traditions and our lands. Sport is also incredibly important to Yukon First Nations people and in particular, winter sports and arctic sports. We have a strong history of athleticism and look forward to seeing our citizens participating in the Games.

For 50 years, athletes from all over the Circumpolar North have come together in friendly competition and sport. We hope you take this time to not only enjoy the sports side of the Arctic Winter Games, but also explore and learn about Yukon’s rich culture and heritage, and use this time to forge new friendships.

Thank you to all organizers, volunteers, sponsors, families, and participants who make this event possible. Ta’an Kwäch’än Council wishes participants the best of luck during the 2020 Games and we encourage all to join in the celebration of the Arctic Winter Games 50th anniversary!

Shäw Níthän

Chief Kristina Kane
Ta’an Kwäch’än Council