Whitehorse Daily Star

Kathleen Lake facilities to close to public

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.

By Whitehorse Star on July 10, 2019

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.

Comments (7)

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Bandit on Jul 15, 2019 at 3:58 pm

I am just wondering if the fire ban is still in effect, will it apply to this ceremony as it is in effect for the rest of the Yukon??? And yes, I did say The Yukon.

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Mick on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:41 pm

It only you rednecks read the article:
The CAFN, along with Parks Canada and Kluane First Nation, co-operatively manage Kluane Park

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Groucho d'North on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:56 am

At a time when some are saying our cultures are growing further apart, I see this as an opportunity to showcase the many ways greater understanding could be achieved by being more inclusive rather than isolating. CAFN has a long and proud history in this region, share it and help us white folks to better understand your viewpoints. And please don't gather an excess of fish from the lake to feed all the participants during your celebrations. Stay within the harvest regulations.

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Seth Wright on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:32 am

@ Thomas Brewer - The Canadian Nation is a federation of special interest groups in which Indigenous peoples currently have priority status.

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Miles Emerson on Jul 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

OMG Thomas

I support the temporary inconvenience to people using the trails and Kathleen Lake day use area.
Thank you CAFN for maintaining your traditional territory in near pristine condition.

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BnR on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

Agree with Thomas Brewer. While I respect the CAFN, this is a public facility, public lands, publicly funded.
Now, if Parks Canada has a policy whereby private organizations or groups can RENT campgrounds, well, that's something else, but renting or booking a public facility for a private function is not what's being discussed here.
I'm thinking maybe the public should show up and demand to be allowed to access this facility during this event.

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Thomas Brewer on Jul 10, 2019 at 4:28 pm

This is BS, it's a Canadian National Park, for ALL Canadians. Slippery slope here...

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