Fort Selkirk Heritage Management Plan
The historic site of Fort Selkirk lies within the Traditional Territory of the Selkirk First Nation. It is a 50-hectare site that is located on the terrace of the Yukon River near the mouth of Pelly River. The Site is approximately 51 km by a winding gravel road from Pelly Crossing and an additional 10 km by boat.
Fort Selkirk is set in a beautiful river valley rich in natural resources and surrounded by a mountainous, boreal landscape with a dynamic geological record. Fort Selkirk illustrates the unique contribution and combination of different cultures and natural environment that has helped form the social, economic and political fabric of the territory. The site also illustrates the historic trading economy, the transportation development of the Yukon, the sovereignty of Canada, the early expansion of the church and community life in a northern isolated area. Fort Selkirk is central to the homeland of the Northern Tutchone and their cultural traditions such as game harvesting, trade and travel. This place has been a traditional harvesting and gathering site for thousands of years.
A permanent community evolved in the early1890s with the establishment of a trading post and an Anglican Church mission. The community grew quickly as thousands of stampeders headed for Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896. Throughout the first half of the 20th century Fort Selkirk remained a stable, thriving community where two cultures lived, worked, played and prayed together. Abandoned in the 1950s due to the construction of modern roads and the end of sternwheeler traffic, members of the Selkirk First Nation and other Yukoners continue to think of it as their ancestral home
In accordance with Chapter 13, Schedule A, of the Selkirk First Nation Final Agreement, the Fort Selkirk Historic Site is co-owned and co-managed by the Selkirk First Nation and Yukon Government. The site was designated as a Yukon Historic Site under the Historic Resources Act in August 2010.The Fort Selkirk Heritage Management Plan will be updated to reflect the review of the vision, goals and objectives of the historic site.
The Fort Selkirk Heritage Management Plan update is in the early stages, the planning process started in February 2018 and will continue over the next two years to March 2019. A Management Committee designated by Selkirk First Nation and Yukon Government has been established to guide the planning process. Community engagement is important in the planning process for Fort Selkirk, there will be opportunities for sharing, comments and review of the plan as it goes forward.
Stay tuned to this page for updates and information as the planning progresses.