Vulnerable People at Risk Initiative

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Mayor and Chief_banner Mayor Dan Curtis and Chief Doris Bill

The City of Whitehorse and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) have a shared vision to improve the lives of vulnerable people in our city. Together, we invited other governments, businesses, organizations, and the public to come together to share ideas and insights on how to better support people at risk and find solutions to end homelessness.

What we’ve accomplished so far

In 2015, the City and KDFN held two public events at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre to share experiences and harness ideas on how to address this important and challenging issue.

  • Action 1: The Vulnerable People at Risk Forum was a full day, public event held on April 24, 2015. Nearly 300 people attended. The day included a series of speakers, a panel discussion, and an interactive session.
  • Action 2: The Business Roundtable was held on September 11 and 12, 2015 to engage members of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and others from the wider business community. The roundtable included a reception and workshop. 

Next steps

After concluding the forum and roundtable, KDFN leadership with support from the City successfully secured funding from the Government of Yukon for specific, focused support for this initiative.  

With partnership and financial support from the Government of Yukon our next steps will be to:

  • Complete a comprehensive action plan to end homelessness in Whitehorse and Yukon. 
  • Host a youth event to engage this critical group as part of this initiative.
  • Engage the community on the release on the comprehensive action plan. 
  • The three governments will work together for additional funds for contract services to coordinate our actions and, to research and develop a proposal for federal support for infrastructure and program requirements to implement the comprehensive plan. 

The comprehensive action plan to end homelessness will integrate three levels of government and service providers in working together to end homelessness in Whitehorse and Yukon. The plan will be shared with other northern jurisdictions and may potentially be adapted towards ending homelessness in the North. 


As we gain momentum, we see a strong willingness to keep going and make a difference together. We are charting new ground and that is okay because we know our community is behind us. We do not have all the answers, but we will continue to work with our community towards a better society for everyone.


Mike Ellis, City of Whitehorse, A/Manager Planning & Sustainability Services, 

Eileen Duchesne, KDFN, Executive Assistant to the Chief,, 633-7826