Government of Yukon

YG THFN Dawson

FOR RELEASE     #10-208
November 18, 2010

Preliminary identification established for recovered human remains

DAWSON CITY – Two of the three individuals recently unearthed at Dawson City’s new Wastewater Treatment Plant site have been identified as young First Nations males; the third is an older male of European ancestry.

The findings were confirmed after an analysis of the human remains conducted by Susan Mooney, an osteologist and heritage manager for the Carcross / Tagish First Nation.

The Guidelines Respecting the Discovery of Human Remains and First Nation Burial Sites in the Yukon are being followed and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, Yukon and City of Dawson governments are working to determine plans for re-interment. First Nations with a related interest in the individuals will also be consulted.

The three governments will continue to collaborate on identifying the fourth individual recovered on Monday, November 15 whose remains have yet to be analyzed.

Questions regarding the identification process should be directed to Yukon’s department of Tourism and Culture and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

Questions regarding the construction of the Dawson City Wastewater Treatment Plant project should be directed to Yukon’s department of Highways and Public Works.



Roxanne Vallevand
Cabinet Communications


Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism & Culture


Wayne Potoroka
Communications, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in


Doris Wurfbaum
Communications, Highways & Public Works


Jeff Renaud
Dawson City CAO