T'äw Tà'är National Historic Site of Canada

Teslin River, Yukon Territory
Landscape (© Parks Canada Agency | Agence Parcs Canada, D. Neufeld.)
Charlie Smith’s trapping cabin at T’äw Tà’är
(© Parks Canada Agency | Agence Parcs Canada, D. Neufeld.)
Address : 30 kilometres east of Lake Laberge, Teslin River, Yukon Territory

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2012-06-26

Other Name(s):
  • T'äw Tà'är  (Designation Name)
  • Winter Crossing / Teslin Crossing  (Other Name)
Research Report Number: 2011-32, 2011-09

Commemorative Intent

Located at the intersection of many regional travel routes, it is an Aboriginal cultural landscape that represents the interconnected web of seasonal food gathering activities, family relations, travel and trade of the Southern Tutchone people of Ta’an Kwäch’än;

The trails and waterways that lead out from T’äw Tà’är illustrate the sustained relationship between the Ta’an Kwäch’än and their traditional territory, through which the Ta’an Kwäch’än travelled each year to harvest animals, plants and fish;

The travel routes that met at T’äw Tà’är fostered a network of marriages and resulting family lineages, as well as cooperation, travel, and the maintenance of good relations with neighbours such as the Northern Tutchone, Tagish, Tlingit and Kaska peoples, culturally connecting the southern Yukon Athapaskan peoples to each other.