Community engagement begins for Ch'ëdähdëk (Forty Mile) Historic Site conservation plan

This is a joint release between the Government of Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

In May of 2023, an ice jam formed at the confluence of the Fortymile and Yukon Rivers, resulting in extensive ice and water damage to the co-managed Ch'ëdähdëk (Forty Mile) Historic Site. Following damage assessments and stabilization of the remaining infrastructure, the Yukon and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in governments have contracted ERA Architects to lead the development of a conservation plan to provide options and guidance for the future of the site.

With a consultant now in place, planning will begin with a community engagement event in Dawson on June 14. The event will open with a free barbecue at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre at 4:30 pm, followed by presentations and guided discussions starting at 5:30 pm at the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Community Hall.

Due to the hazards posed by debris, damaged trails and unstable structures, Ch'ëdähdëk (Forty Mile) remains closed to the public. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Government of Yukon ask the public not to travel to the site until further notice.

A finalized conservation plan is anticipated by 2025.

 

The launch of community engagement for the Ch'ëdähdëk Historic Site conservation plan marks a pivotal step in preserving the cultural significance of this site for generations to come. Given the site’s cultural significance and enduring popularity, we know that community involvement will be central as we move forward together to determine what comes next. I look forward to learning what Yukoners envision.

Minister of Tourism and Culture John Streicker

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in are excited to begin collaborating with this new partner on a plan for the preservation of Ch'ëdädëk. This site has been a gathering place for our people for thousands of years and is an essential part of our culture and heritage. In creating a formal plan for Ch'ëdädëk, we will be guided by principles of good stewardship and knowledge passed down by our ancestors, ensuring the site is preserved to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Director Debbie Nagano

Quick facts 
  • Ch’ëdähdëk (Forty Mile) is a significant cultural heritage site located 88 kilometres downriver from Dawson City at the confluence of the Fortymile and Yukon Rivers.

  • The site includes a significant material record of late prehistoric use and archaeological evidence and standing structures from the historic period dating as far back as 1886. 

  • Ch’ëdähdëk (Forty Mile) is one of eight component sites that make up the Tr’ondëk-Klondike UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • ERA Architects was selected to lead the design and development of  a conservation plan to provide options and guidance for the future of the site. ERA has previously worked with the Government of Yukon on a 2022 review of 16 Heritage Reserve sites and the development of a prioritization framework for their management. That project included direct engagement with representatives from Yukon First Nations governments including the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.

Media contact 

Elaine Corden
Director of Communications and Policy, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
867-993-7100 extension 136
elaine.corden@trondek.ca

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications
867-332-7627
Laura.Seeley@yukon.ca   

Cameron Webber 
Communications, Tourism and Culture 
867-332-0400 
cameron.webber@yukon.ca  

News release #: 
24-266