• KwänlinWhitehorse
  • Takhini River
  • Dä̀kwä̀kä̀daHaines Junction
  • ShadęlChampagne
  • Tthe yänlinCanyon
  • Lu ghäKlukshu

Competition #22-23-38 Dákéyi kwäkʼänítà – “I watch our country” (CAFN Guardian)

Jan 20, 2023

The community of Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) is home to Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) Government, a self- governing First Nation whose Southern Tutchone language and culture contributes to a vibrant way of life. The First Nation is actively involved in numerous initiatives to promote a better, healthier lifestyle for its future generations. If you are passionate about what you do and thrive on a culture that promotes connection and a healthy work-life balance…then this is for you; Apply today


Dákéyi kwäkʼänítà – “I watch our country” (CAFN Guardian) – Multiple Positions Open to CAFN Citizens only!
Would you rather spend more time on the land than at a desk? Our Guardians Program is hiring! Our Guardians Program is a modern or contemporary expression of our traditional way of taking care of the land – that is, old practices being adapted to current circumstances and situations. Guardian staff will spend the bulk of their work time “out on the land”, observing, listening, doing things, getting to know the land in the same way that our Elders did – through direct experience. You will be helping to build CAFN’s information records about places, sites, fish, birds, wildlife, plants, waterways and more. This program provides the opportunity to showcase and develop your land-based knowledge and skills, while protecting and watching over dákeyi (our country) as our Elders have done, and are expecting us to do.

2 Regular Full-Time Positions, Starting ASAP

Competition #22-23-38

Salary: Level 6 $62,177.00 $72,738.00 annually
Location: Haines Junction

Job Summary:

Our people have always been responsible stewards of Dákéyi (our country) because it sustains us, heals us, and enables us to keep our culture, language and stories alive. The CAFN Guardians Program continues our traditions of watching over, respecting and protecting the lands, waters and resources of Dákéyi while asserting our contemporary authority as a self-governing First Nation.

Reporting to the Guardian Leader, the CAFN Guardians actively patrol, monitor and demonstrate a CAFN presence throughout our Traditional Territory. They serve as ambassadors and educators, sharing CAFN culture and perspectives and promoting respectful use of Dákéyi. They help ensure the ecological integrity and cultural values of Dákéyi are maintained by engaging in various monitoring programs and research projects, for which they provide technical support and indigenous knowledge expertise. Their work highlights how indigenous and scientific knowledge can enhance and complement each other, and promotes collaboration and information sharing for better decision-making. They also engage in various outreach and communications initiatives, participate in cultural events, gather community input, attend meetings, and perform administrative and other related duties.

The Guardians will be guided by Dän k’e (our way), use and revitalize Dákwänjē (our language), learn from our elders and knowledge keepers, empower and engage our citizens, contribute to vibrant and healthy communities, and inspire our youth.

Education and Experience:

Minimum Grade 10 (or equivalent reading and writing skills) required. Post-secondary coursework or certification in natural resources management, environmental science, fisheries, heritage resources, or other field related to the position is considered an asset (or equivalent in/indigenous knowledge and experience).

Good wilderness/backcountry skills and experience travelling or working on the land is required. Any experience in the following will be considered a definite asset: fieldwork involving sampling and data collection, research projects, traditional knowledge studies, conducting interviews, writing reports or articles, public speaking, coordinating meetings or events, working with elders and/or youth, creating communications materials (e.g. posters, brochures, or presentations), photography, and/or video editing.

Conditions of Employment:

  • Standard First Aid Certification (current)
  • Valid Yukon Class 5 Driver’s Licence
  • Willingness to attend training courses and attain certifications as
  • Must be physically fit and able to perform the full duties of the
  • Willingness to work and travel in varied terrain, all weather conditions, isolated locations, and by various means of
  • Willingness to work irregular hours, overtime, weekends, and/or holidays when
  • Extended workdays may be required to accomplish tasks and meet workload demands during peak periods, as directed
  • Mandatory confidentiality is a condition of employment for all CAFN personnel
  • Willingness to wear and maintain a CAFN Guardians uniform and to comply with all associated policies and
  • Commitment to conduct work in a safe, responsible and professional manner and to comply with all CAFN occupational health & safety policies and
  • All Champagne and Aishihik First Nations employees are expected to conduct their duties in a harmonious and cooperative manner intended to enhance the First Nations efforts to build a strong and prosperous

CAFN is an equal opportunity employer, however, qualified Aboriginal applicants will be given priority in accordance with the Aboriginal Employment Preference Policy of the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

Please note that selection for further consideration will be based solely on the information you provide in your resume. We thank all those who apply but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Temporary Assignments may be considered. Please ensure you have supervisor approval before applying. An eligibility list will be created from this posting.

Job description: Job Description_CAFN Guardians _April 8, 2021

Deadline: 4:30 pm on February 3, 2023.

Send current resume and supporting documents to:

Megan MacKellar

Human Resources Officer Phone: (867) 634-4200 ext. 245