Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Heritage Sites

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Tr’ochëk: Selkirk Families

Ronald Johnson piloting a boat en route to Tr’ochëk, May 2008.

Ronald Johnson piloting a boat en route to Tr’ochëk, May 2008.

Midnight Arts photo
The Selkirk families settled in this area of Tr’ochëk, moving into some of the abandoned buildings.

The Selkirk families settled in this area of Tr’ochëk, moving into some of the abandoned buildings.

Provincial Archives of Alberta, P7171.

By the early 1950s, all weather roads had been built from Whitehorse to Mayo and Dawson. The sternwheeler era ended and many river settlements such as Fort Selkirk, at the confluence of the Pelly and Yukon rivers, were abandoned.

In the late 1940s, most of the community’s native residents moved upriver to Minto to work on the new highway. A few families moved downriver to the Dawson area. The Johnsons, the Blanchards, the Baums and the Isaacs settled on the Tr’ochëk site. They moved into a few of the old buildings and supported themselves with a combination of living on the land and seasonal wage work.