Community Wellness

Dän Tsʼän Nännji (People Helping People)

The Community Wellness Department strives to offer accessible programming and services to all Citizens within CAFN Traditional Territory through support staff in Haines Junction and the Whitehorse area. The Community Wellness Department provides services to CAFN people in the areas noted below.

Information and referrals regarding a wide range of community wellness issues are also available.

Bereavement and Emergency Funds

CAFN provides funds of up to $2,000 for expenses to assist with funeral and emergency costs.

CAFN provides funding to assist CAFN Citizens in Canada who are in emergency situations, such as a medical incident or an act of God, to a maximum of $2,000 per family per year. Emergencies may include: sudden loss of home, fire, earthquake, death in the immediate family, etc.

CAFN provides Citizens and their immediate family living in Canada with funding to assist with travel expenses associated with medical emergencies where these expenses are not otherwise covered. Maximum $2,000 for travel within Yukon. Maximum $3,000 for travel outside Yukon.

Community Care Services

CAFN provides home support services such as cleaning, laundry, meal delivery, cooking
and other assistance based on individual client care plans. Clients may self-refer, or family
or doctors may also refer.

CAFN offers the Community Bus service to Whitehorse from Monday to Friday. This is
available for Haines Junction, Canyon, Champagne & Takhini residents.

Please contact Administration at 867-634 4200 ext. 211.

Due to COVID regulations we are operating with limited seats right now.


  • cleaning
  • laundry
  • meal delivery
  • cooking
  • other assistance based on individual client care plans

Community Justice

The Community Justice Program provides alternatives to mainstream justice processes,
although assistance is not limited to people who have been charged with a criminal

All CAFN Citizens and members of the Haines Junction community can access this
program and may be referred through self-referral, the RCMP, Crown attorney or defense counsel.


  • diversion,
  • mediation,
  • community conferencing,
  • traditional talking Circles and Circle sentencing,
  • assistance with the Fine Option Program,
  • provision of information and supports for people who are in contact with the justice system or courts.

Emergency On-call Support

CAFN provides weekend on-call support from
5:00 pm on Friday – 8:30 pm on Monday.

EMERGENCY LINE: 867-333-4477

CAFN also provides education, support, prevention, referrals and counseling to Citizens for:

  • Family violence
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Child protection
  • Trauma
  • Stress/anxiety

Elders Programs and Services

Community Care

CAFN provides home support services such as cleaning, laundry, cooking, meal delivery (Haines Junction) and other assistance based on individual client care plans. CAFN Citizens in the Yukon with health-related matters or in need of extra support at home are encouraged to contact CAFN to apply or may be referred by their doctor or family.

Elders Fuel Subsidy Program

This fund supports CAFN Elders age 60 and old in Yukon with home heating expenses up to a maximum of $2000.00 per fiscal year per household.

Elders Pension Benefit

CAFN Elders age 60 and older who live in Canada and the United States are eligible for the Elders Land Claim Benefit Payment of $250 per month.

Family and Health Promotion

CAFN provides support to CAFN parents and children (0-5 years of age) in all CAFN communities, with an emphasis on nutrition, healthy parenting, and the importance of breastfeeding.

CAFN Community Wellness also provides prevention, awareness, educational and promotional activities, programs, workshops and seminars on current health issues (such as FASD, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and smoking awareness and prevention) by promoting healthy living and a traditional lifestyle to all CAFN Citizens in Yukon.

Income Assistance

This program assists CAFN Citizens in need of Income Assistance to cover rent, utilities (except telephone) fuel, and basic needs (food, clothing, incidentals and laundry.)  It is available to CAFN Citizens between the ages of 19 and 64 who reside within CAFN Traditional Territory and are without sufficient resources or are temporarily unemployed to cover household expenses.

Applicants must declare all household income, provide utility bill information and fill out forms required for client file. ID may be required for non-citizens (spouses of Citizens).

Youth Centre and Afterschool Programs

CAFN offers cultural, social and recreational opportunities for CAFN children and youth in Yukon in a safe, nurturing environment. To assist the youth in their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual growth by offering a wide range of services and programs.

Regular Youth Centre hours:

Afterschool Programming, ages 6 to 11, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Tuesday to Friday Youth Drop-in hours 7:00-10:00 pm

Tuesday to Thursday Late Night Teen Nights 7:00-10:00 pm

Friday & Saturday Youth Drop-in Hours  7-9 pm up to age 12

Friday & Saturday Late Night Teen Nights till 12 am or later

A weekly Youth Centre Hours and Activities schedule is available. Youth Centre hours may be  adjusted to accommodate special activities.  Additional youth activities are also available.

The Youth Center offers children/youth access to:

  • Southern Tutchone Language classes
  • Traditional games/teachings
  • Internet
  • Beading/sewing/crafts
  • Computers
  • Cooking/baking
  • Pool
  • Foosball
  • Gaming
  • Graphic arts
  • Movie nights
  • On-the-land opportunities (camping, fishing, hunting, hikes).
  • Homework help (individual or group)
  • Recreational /Aboriginal sports
  • Referrals for youth
  • Information, workshops/conferences pertaining to youth issues.

Community Health and Well Being Grant

​The Community Health and Well Being Grant (CHWB) is available for CAFN Citizens living in Canada. It is established according to the following principles:

  • encourage people to be healthy through recreation and culture;
  • encourage people to get out on the land;
  • provide funding for cultural activities;
  • support youth participation in events and recreation; and
  • develop positive and meaningful relationships between elders and youth.

CHWB grants are designated for individuals and community events.

More information:

  • CHWB policy, guidelines and application
    (Currently being updated and will be available June 2022)

CHWB Contact person: 

Doreen Williams

Executive Assistant to Chief & Council

867-634-4200 ext 231
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Community Wellness

Dän Tän Gà Dījäl

Citizen Services Project


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Language & Culture

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Community Health and Well-being Grant

Community Health & Well-being Fund