Get support services during the coroner’s inquest

On October 31, 2023, the Chief Coroner announced an investigation into the deaths of 4 individuals who were accessing services at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter at the time of their deaths.

The Coroner’s Office will hold a public inquest to determine the facts and circumstances of a death. A presiding coroner presides over this court-like proceeding.

A 6-member jury answers the following questions about the death:

  • Who was the deceased?

  • Where did they die?

  • When did they die?

  • What was the medical cause of death?

  • What was the manner (natural, accidental, suicide, homicide, undetermined) of death?

We recognize that this process can be challenging and may bring up strong emotions for those involved. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment with access to resources that can help individuals and families navigate this challenging time.

The resources listed below are part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that everyone affected by the inquest has the support they need. This includes counseling services, logistical support for those traveling to attend the inquest and spaces dedicated to retreat and reflection.

Available supports

  • Best Western Gold Rush Inn: located at 411 Main St. Whitehorse. This is where the inquest is being held. There is an additional room beside the proceedings for family members seeking privacy and rest along with access to counselling supports.

  • Sternwheeler hotel and conference located at 201 Wood St. Whitehorse. A boardroom will be reserved for livestreaming to the public and overflow from the inquest proceedings if needed.  For information phone 867-393-9700

  • Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services: additional in-person and virtual Rapid Access Counselling appointments are available across the territory for the duration of the inquest. Call 867-456-3838 or toll-free at 1-866-456-3838 to book an appointment.

Supports in communities

  • Carmacks has an in-person counsellor available from April 17 to 19 and April 22 to 23, and the local social worker is available for support if needed.

  • Pelly has an in-person counsellor available from April 10 to 12 and the local social worker is available for support if needed.

  • Old Crow has an in-person counsellor available April 8 to 26. A social worker will be available in Old Crow from April 8 to 26 to provide additional support for children.

For more information about services available to you in the communities, phone 867-456-3838 or toll-free at 1-866-456-3838.

Services available for all Yukoners

Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services

Rapid Access Counselling in person, virtually, or by phone from Monday to Friday. Secure an appointment by calling 867-456-3838 or toll-free at 1-866-456-3838.

The Canadian Mental Health Association - Yukon Division

Drop-in Counselling sessions, available in person, virtually, or over the phone from Monday to Saturday. Phone 867-668-6429 for more information.

For immediate support, call the Canadian Mental Health Association Yukon Reach Out Support Line. Available daily from 10 am to 2 am at 1-844-533-3030.

Mental health emergency contacts

9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline: Call or Text 9-8-8

Connect with trained counsellors for culturally sensitive support, empathy, and resources in any crisis, ensuring immediate help is always accessible.

Hope for Wellness

Culturally sensitive support and counselling for Indigenous Peoples. Phone 1-855-242-3310 for more information.

24-Hour Residential School Survivor Crisis Line

Immediate, sensitive support for residential school survivors and their families, recognizing the lasting impacts of intergenerational trauma.  Phone 1-866-925-4419 for more information.

Kids Help Phone

Confidential and professional counselling, information, and referrals to foster youth mental health and wellbeing. For more information, phone 1-800-668-6868, or Text CONNECT to 686868

Support for 2SLGBTQIA+ community

The Mental Wellness and Substance Use Support team is dedicated to addressing the specific needs of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, ensuring a safe and supportive environment. We offer gender-affirming care and inclusive counselling.

Our staff, trained in transgender health best practices through World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), are equipped to provide specialized care in a Yukon context.

For counselling or assistance with mental wellness or substance use, phone 867-456-3838 or toll-free 1-866-456-3838.