The Kathleen Lake campground, boat launch and day use area within Kluane National Park and Reserve will be closed to the public July 19-21.
The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) will be hosting their Nłäshejel (general assembly) on their traditional territory at Mät’àtäna Män (Kathleen Lake) on those days.
The Cottonwood and King’s Throne trails will remain open. Parks Canada asks visitors accessing these trails during the event to use only the designated parking lot that will be marked for hikers off the Kathleen Lake Road.
There will also be limited access to the Kathleen Lake day use area during the set-up and take down of the event on July 17, 18, 22 and 23; the campground and boat ramp will remain available for public use on these days.
The CAFN, along with Parks Canada and Kluane First Nation, co-operatively manage Kluane Park, and “Parks Canada is honoured that Champagne and Aishihik First Nations has chosen to host this important gathering in the park,” the federal agency said in a statement from Haines Junction.
“Parks Canada is committed to nation-to-nation relationships with Indigenous Peoples, based on a recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership. This event is a great opportunity for Champagne and Aishihik First Nations citizens to engage with their traditional lands within Kluane National Park and Reserve.”
The lake is a half-hour drive west of Haines Junction.