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The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) is a First Nation in the northern Yukon in Canada. Its main population centre is Old Crow. As the name indicates, the language originally spoken by the people is Gwichʼin.


Gwich'in NationEdit

Vuntut Gwich'in refers specifically to the Gwich'in people who lived in Van Tat which translates as "people of the lakes." More recently, VGFN has incorporated the Vuntut Gwich'in and Dagoo Gwich'in (who traditionally lived further up the Porcupine River). The wider Gwich'in nation is spread across northwestern Canada and Alaska. Other Gwich'in communities include: the Tetlit Gwich'in in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories; Tsiigehtchic Gwich'in in Tsiigehtchic, Northwest Territories; Gwichyaa Gwich'in in Fort Yukon, Alaska; Arctic Village, Alaska; Chalkyitsik, Alaska; and Venetie, Alaska.

Self Government AgreementEdit

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation was one of the first four First Nations to sign a land claims agreement in 1995.

Notable peopleEdit

Jeneen Frei Njootli, artist

Joe Linklater, politician

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