Whitehorse Daily Star

Ta’an Kwach’an Council pursues housing plan

The Ta’an Kwach’an Council is proposing to develop a portion of two blocks of its settlement lands to provide 49 new housing lots for its membership.

By Whitehorse Star on September 27, 2022

The Ta’an Kwach’an Council is proposing to develop a portion of two blocks of its settlement lands to provide 49 new housing lots for its membership.

One of the blocks is located in Whistle Bend while the other is in Porter Creek.

The development proposals were outlined in the administrative report to city council for its meeting on Sept. 6.

The First Nation needs to rezone both pieces of land from future planning to residential.

The parcel of land in Whistle Bend runs along the north side of Witch Hazel Drive.

“Through a survey of its citizens in 2019, affordable housing was identified as a major issue,” says the administrative report. “TKC intends to construct a residential development that will result in approximately 24 affordable townhouses to address the issue.”

The Porter Creek parcel runs along Birch Street on the west side of the Alaska Highway, directly across from Wann Road.

Ta’an is proposing to develop 25 lots on the parcel.

In both cases, the Ta’an Kwach’an Council needs the city’s approval through the rezoning application.

TKC would remain as the landlord. Once the First Nation updates its self-government agreement, the First Nation would be able to offer leasehold titled parcels of their land.

Under the Yukon land claim settlements, First Nations are not allowed to sell their settlement lands.

Both housing developments are currently being reviewed by the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board.

“The joint Declaration of Commitment signed by the city, Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the TKC in 2018 affirmed that the three parties would be respectful and supportive as neighbours and friends and collaborate on outstanding issues, with future generations in mind, to their benefit,” says the administrative report.

“This zoning amendment process provides an opportunity to demonstrate this commitment.”

Mayor Laura Cabott pointed out at the beginning of the Sept. 6 meeting that the Ta’an Kwach’an was marking the 20th anniversary of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council signing their land claim and self-government agreements.

The First Nation is held a celebration at the TKC Fish Camp to mark the 20th anniversary of signing their agreements.

Comments (20)

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Josey Wales on Oct 1, 2022 at 1:37 pm

Hey joh...which part of Europe?
The eastern part, or the western part, they refer to as Eurasia?
You know about the land bridge and the ice retreating story I can assume?
...so just trying to wrap my head around continental ownership really.

Can infer a hostility in your two word reply?
I will assume you may suffer from a cultural or virtue superiority complex, cannot stand to be challenged...and think human just popped outta the ground like flowers? Flowers whose seeds are often blown in the wind, travelling around the globe too.
More than two words are often required for context.

Joh two words, kinda bad catchy.

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joh on Sep 30, 2022 at 5:19 pm

@Josey Wales

Try Europe

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Socratic Wisdom on Sep 30, 2022 at 8:44 am

Wow! WTF - Patti Eyre on Sep 29, 2022 at 4:17 pm:

Einstein was born in Germany yes, but he was Jewish. Einstein fled Germany in fear for his life. WTF - Ethnically, he was not German - WOW!? I am not sure what to think about this? You know about the holocaust right?

It is no longer a rarity that one can achieve next level ignorance like this. It is the norm in the L-NDP drive to eliminate common knowledge, expertise, and critical thought in exchange for systems of belief.

They should bring back the show; That’s Incredible or, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not… You could have your own mini-series there Patti…

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Josey Wales on Sep 29, 2022 at 10:37 pm

Hey since we are building subdivisions based on race exclusively, where are the whites only zones around town...not seeing them in our plan?

Until the native people can hold title on their property, they are always subjugated by their politicians...chief and council.
Just like the old colonial days...where the natives will own nothing, and be happy.
Seems your traditional politicians learned very well from our corrupt self serving political blowholes.
Put your money where your mouth goes chief and council, let your people free... titled property or not a damn thing will ever change.
Your citizens are not your economic fulcrums, your political pawns in your lusts for power.
...nor is true for “all the... mere others” in our over the top corrupt system of alleged “looking out for you...” political blowholes.
Just like your traditional government, our blowholes have themselves convinced we work for them, am beholden to they for all.

Gee Rosa Park just wanted a better seat on the bus, not her own transit system...wow have we made progress eh?
Every child matters, some just matter more...apparently.

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Patti Eyre on Sep 29, 2022 at 4:17 pm

Look, just because a first nation wants to build housing for their members it doesn’t mean the rest of the neighbourhood has to put up cameras and gates and fences. I agree with bonanza years of experience count, but not all people of one kind or another ethnic group are all the same. Einstein was german and a contemporary of Hitler, does that mean Einstein was a Nazi? No, same thing, not everyone is the same as everyone else. Let’s grow up and learn. Don't gaslight me socratic dude!

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jack on Sep 28, 2022 at 11:55 pm

Oh dear, a 99 year leasehold means the value of the property declines as the leasehold winds down. In the final years, property will be worthless on the market as a result Leasehold is bad option for homeowners.

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bonanzajoe on Sep 28, 2022 at 8:35 pm

@Patti Eyre on Sep 28: Just curious. if Juniper's soul is empty, why are you going to pray for it? And why does what some people believe is the truth drawn from years of observance and experience always racist? Years of experience would prompt me to sell and move too. And I don't consider myself racist. And true, whites were racists in the past, but who are the racists now?

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Socratic Wisdom on Sep 28, 2022 at 6:28 pm

Dear Patti Eyre on Sep 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm:

You are the one who used the word “scum”. Why would you assume that they’re scum from what JJ said? It’s an unfair characterization. It is an example of the lowest form of thought - Putting words in other peoples mouths.

One the impacts of genocide, Gladue factors, assimilation is trauma… And trauma is highly associated with disorganization, and chaos. Have you ever been to KDFN etc?

We need to find a way to coexist, bear witness to, and be helpful when invited, but that does not mean we ignore reality. JJ’s conclusions flow logically from her/their observations.

What you did there Patti Eyre is called gaslighting behaviour - Deliberately misconstruing someone’s words does not indicate positive intent - Some might say you’re Rolfing the truth…

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people" -Socrates.

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 28, 2022 at 6:05 pm

Patti Eyre: Did you have a comment on the topic? Or, you just come to the forums to run your mouth in judgement on other people? You do realize that you referred to "these people' as scum?" Thanks for the prayers, we can all use a sincere prayer. Karma will deal with the insincere.

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Are you there, Matthew? on Sep 28, 2022 at 5:30 pm

Any “areas” you can think of yet, stroke-a-delic? If there’s an area you can think of where people don’t spend good money on their homes, I want in!

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Patti Eyre on Sep 28, 2022 at 1:21 pm

@Juni wow don't hold back, you think those people are total scum, don't you? That's really blighted point of view. Juniper I will pray for your soul, it is empty

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Charity begins at home on Sep 28, 2022 at 12:24 pm

@Matthew: Can you rattle off a few areas where people DIDN’T pay good money for their homes? Everyone who retreated to the burbs thinking the cancer of social housing would never touch them can cry me a river. You’re the same wankers who wholeheartedly cheered the government on while it destroyed the downtown. Wakey, wakey, hypocrites.

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Chuck Farley on Sep 28, 2022 at 11:54 am

Matthew; you may want to coverup your neck there's a chill in the air

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Robin Marlowe on Sep 28, 2022 at 9:19 am

@ Matthew
So don't let the Ta’an Kwach’an build on their own land? Or you just don't want Native people around?

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at the lake on Sep 27, 2022 at 8:11 pm

Not mentioned here is the move to add temporary housing out on undeveloped Ta'an land by Laberge. Residents, both TKC and non are not happy about this, but no consideration or notice had or has been given to anyone about this development leading to rumours about what type of "temporary" housing outside of the village is planned for a very rural area, 35 minutes from town. These are not small lots - will TKC be supporting their citizens in this so-called temporary housing? Why weren't residents made aware of the development? For safety reasons, and just general neighbourly courtesy, a heads up about running dump trucks and excavators daily would have been a courtesy in this area too for safety reasons. I sure hope this isn't a matter of one person laying claim to doing whatever they want to regardless of what their citizens or residents might say or object too!

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Bob hates this idea… Be like Bob! on Sep 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

Seriously, “… leasehold titled parcels of their land…”. Title means nothing without ownership. Please sign up now to own nothing. You will be happy!

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Juniper Jackson on Sep 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

Porter Creek and Whistle Bend.. those folks are hooped. If you are close to those buildings, sell your place before they become slums. Camera's around your homes, garages, possibly bars on your windows..

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best of luck with it on Sep 27, 2022 at 6:11 pm

I think it's great that they are prioritizing creating housing for their band members. I do worry a bit about 25 rental townhouses side by side, and I'm saying this as a landlord. My renters do not tend to keep their yards anywhere near to the level that the surrounding owner occupied people do. They store things on the grass, do not cut the grass even though it's in their contract, etc. I hope the Ta'an are better landlords than I am in terms of keeping renters accountable for their yards, or doing the work themselves and staying on people about being good neighbours. Overall though, this is really good. Just beware of the pitfalls of the rental - landlord scene.

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Groucho d'North on Sep 27, 2022 at 4:02 pm

TKC already created a new subdivision a few years back that remains unoccupied. It's opposite Couch Rd on the North Klondike Hwy. It's now blocked to keep vandals out.

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Matthew on Sep 27, 2022 at 1:30 pm

Please, STOP rentals in areas people PAY good money for their homes..

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