Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Heritage Sites

Welcome to Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Heritage Sites, an online resource dedicated to exploring our history and culture.

Tr’ochëk: Welcome to Tr’ochëk

Tr’ochëk, 1895.

Tr’ochëk, 1895.

Yukon Archives, Robert Coutts fonds, 82/358, #2.

Tr’ochëk – this point of land between the Klondike and Yukon Rivers – is the heart of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territory. For hundreds of years, our people came here to fish for salmon, hunt moose up the Klondike Valley, and meet with neighbouring First Nations with whom our ancestors would feast, trade and intermarry.

During the Klondike gold rush years, a horde of newcomers displaced our people from Tr’ochëk. This place became known as Lousetown or Klondike City. At different times, Tr’ochëk hosted a bustling fishing camp, a gold rush log cabin settlement, an infamous red light district, a railway terminus, a sawmill, farming operations, a placer mine and now, once again, a seasonal fish camp.

The importance of Tr’ochëk in our history and culture is formally recognized through the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Final Agreement and more recently through its designation as a National Historic Site. Today, we seek to protect Tr’ochëk’s cultural resources and create a peaceful place of natural beauty for relaxation and contemplation where our citizens and others can learn of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in history and culture.