Construction begins on the Yukon's first Indigenous-owned shelter


Work begins Thursday on the construction of a new women and children’s shelter in Whitehorse.

The new Family Preservation Wellness Centre will be owned by the Council of Yukon First Nations. It will have 15 apartments with 32 beds for women and children. 

“Once built it will serve as a haven for Indigenous women and children fleeing violence who have no other place to go,” said Amanda Leas, Chief of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council at a ceremony in the Whistle Bend neighbourhood Wednesday.

Roughly 50 people showed up for the groundbreaking ceremony that featured singing, drumming and blessings for the new facility.

“My heart goes out to all the people that have struggled with violence and that are struggling with

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