Town Hall

Youth inspire a "Town Hall Event"

The Kwanlin Dun Youth Advisory Committee to Council, the Ta’an Kwach’an Council and Shakat Journal have partnered to deliver -- the first-ever Millennial Town Hall – territorial wide youth forum.

The Youth Forum will be held over three days beginning on Sunday, February 25, 2018, with the “Emerging Warriors Workshop” hosted by inspirational speaker and comedian Don Burnstick. The Youth Forum program will be held over Monday February 26   8:30 am to 4:30pm and Tuesday, February 27, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.

On day one, the youth will hold some hard discussions on specific topics, identified by the youth themselves.

Don Burnstick will be providing a workshop “Emerging Warriors” February 25, 2018

The issues are as follows:
  • Upcoming legislation and legalization of marijuana;
  • Dangers of fentanyl and impacts of opioid use;
  • Youth homelessness;
  • Mental Wellness; and,
  • Prostitution/Human Trafficking/Sexual Health


The Forum - February 26 & 27, 2018

Beginning at 8:30 am in the Long House; Youth will engage in workshops and round-table discussions. Group leaders will under-take the tasks to express leadership and data collection, engage in conversation about their community activities; develop actions and steps towards improving leadership skills and take part in social activities designed to build identity and mental-wellness.

Youth Service Fair - February 26 & 27, 2018

In the Multi-Purpose Room; up to 20 tables will display Youth Services and their information, job opportunities,  employment programs and any projects for youth to take part in.


"Youth will engage with honored guests" - February 27, 2018

On the morning of February 27, 2018, 8:30am - 4:00pm the youth will be formulating questions for the Millennial Town Hall for leadership. Guest leaders, all confirmed, include: Premier Sandy Silver, Mayor Dan Curtis, Chief Kristina Kane and Grand Chief Peter Johnston and Chief Doris Bill. The Town Hall will be streamed live to broaden the audience, ensuring those not in attendance can still feel part of the event.

“I am pleased and honoured to be a part of the Millennial Town Hall. I am constantly inspired by the passion, dedication and vision that Yukon youth have for a brighter, more inclusive future for our territory. Thank you for bringing your ideas to the forum, you are making a difference in Yukon.”

- Premier Sandy Silver

“Dear Youth Forum attendees,

It is an honor for me to attend your Town Hall event on February 27th. You will be tackling some very important issues over the course of this Forum. I look forward to taking your questions, as I am sure they will be pertinent and well informed. Youth play a very important role in our society and as the leaders of tomorrow, I hope you can use this week to gain insight into ways we can strengthen our communities going forward.”

- Mayor Curtis

Our world is changing faster than ever before. Today’s youth, with the tools of social media and other technologies, have the power to affect real change upon society. To say I’m excited about the Millennial Town Hall is an understatement. Speak up. Be heard. Know that you do not have to wait until tomorrow to be a true leader.

KDFN Chief Doris Bill

“Dear Youth Forum attendees,

“It is important and exciting to engage in dialogue with youth about issues that are important to them today and that will govern their futures. We are here to listen. We are here to talk.”

- Chief Kane

“Dear Youth Forum attendees,

“I am grateful for the opportunity to support our Youth during the Millennial Town Hall youth forum. It is inspiring to see our young Yukoners working together and taking the initiative to foster open dialogue in a safe environment on significant and sensitive topics. I hope the forum empowers our Youth to share their voice and make positive changes in their lives and communities for a healthy future. I am honoured to participate as a Guest Leader and look forward to answering the Youth’s questions on February 27th.”

- Grand Chief Peter Johnston


Our Fund-Raiser - KDFN Elders Crisis Fund - February 26 and 27, 2018

Additionally, in the evenings of February 26 and 27, in support of our Elders, the youth will be hosting two comedy show fundraisers. Our performers will include: Tahltan Havoc and Rebecca Law; Grandma Susie and Grandpa Charlie and Don Burnstick. Each night Don Burnstick will provide a different program. All proceeds from these events will go to the KDFN Elders Crisis Fund. Tickets will go on sale in early January. So, stay tuned and please join us.

To add clarity to the KDFN Elders Emergency Fund, it is a fund established by Chief Bill and the KDFN Elders Council in 2014. The fund assists KDFN citizens in crisis and where emergency assistance is not available. For example, some of our citizens have passed away outside of the territory and the family requires assistance to bring their loved ones home for burial; accommodations and clothing for those who have to be relocated due to house fires; and this fund also provided a contribution for the Temporary Emergency Shelter over the winter of 2016.

"Two Comedy Nights" - Monday, February 26 & 27, 2018

Don Burnstick is a Cree from the Alexander First Nation located outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The youngest of 15 children, coupled with the fact of growing up on the reserve, taught Don a variety of means of defending himself, not the least of which became his use of humour. Don has established himself as one of Canada’s best comedians of all time. His highly acclaimed comedy show "You Might be a Redskin - Healing Through Native Humour", is a comedic performance that humorously portrays First Nations people, their habits, likes and dislikes.


"Emerging Warriors Workshop" - Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hosted by inspirational speaker and comedian Don Burnstick @ the InnerVibe Community Art Center. This workshop deals with youth leadership, the development of role models and establishing a healthy peer support group in the community. This workshop is for individuals who want to make positive CHANGE in their communities. The workshop is fun but deals with serious issues youth must face every day. If you are interested in attending, seats are limited, please sign up BELOW.