Government of Yukon

February 15, 2018

Government of Yukon and First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun sign Lansing Heritage Site Management Plan

The Government of Yukon and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun have signed a management plan for the Lansing Post Heritage Site.

The site is a historical gathering place and harvesting area – and as an early trading post it played an important role in developing Yukon’s economy. Its long history represents a significant contribution to the identity and collective memory of the Na-Cho Nyäk Dun.

The plan will guide the protection, conservation and interpretation of the area’s history. It will raise awareness and appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of the site while respecting traditional and current use by Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Citizens and community members.

The site, near Mayo, will be managed by the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun.


“As a fur trading hub, Lansing Post contributed significantly to Yukon’s history and represented a blending of Indigenous and non-indigenous cultures. By preserving these stories we acknowledge the past and work together to build a better Yukon moving into the future. I would like to thank those who took the time to attend community open houses, public meetings, and otherwise share their comments and insights in the creation of this plan.”

– Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys

“Our people have been connected to this land for a long time and travelled throughout this area. Lansing Post was an important place, and was a big part of our history and how people moved about on this land. Our people were born there, our people were buried there. It was an important place for gatherings and meeting up with our relations from the Gwich’in and Slavey communities. And those connections remain strong. And we will continue to teach our young people about the importance of this area.”

– First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Chief Simon Mervyn

Quick facts 

  • The Lansing Post Heritage Site is located at the confluence of the Lansing and Stewart Rivers, approximately 120 kilometres east of Mayo.
  • 2018 marks 25 years since the Umbrella Final Agreement was signed. The First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Final Agreement came into effect in February, 1995.
  • The Government of Yukon and the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun jointly developed the heritage management plan through the Lansing Steering Committee, fulfilling Schedule A (Lansing Heritage Site) Chapter 13 of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun Final Agreement. Development included public open houses in Mayo and Whitehorse, an online survey to collect feedback, and draft plan presentations.
  • Research that informed the plan included historical analysis, archival records, archaeological assessment, an investigation of the resources found on site, previously collected Elders’ oral history, and consultation with the community.

Learn more: Yukon Heritage Planning


Sunny Patch
Cabinet Communications

Linnea Blum
Communications, Tourism and Culture

News Release #18-026