Yukon Geographical Place Names

Traditionally livelihood came from the land. Almost every geographic feature was named by the people who worked every day in the natural environment. The places and their names are an essential part of native culture, and of native language. Language research and documentation by the centre involves a lot of attention on place names.

Centre staff members work with the Yukon Geographical Place Names Board to help local First Nations officially name or rename features on their Settlement Lands. The Centre also assists with background research and transcriptions when native language names are proposed as other official toponyms.