WRFN Approved Re-opening Plan


WRFN Staff will be returning to the office on July 2, 2020 at 8:30 am. The offices will not available to the public unless they book an appointment with the receptionist (867-862-7802 ext. 0) for the department you would like to meet with, this includes the Social Assistance Office. If you have any questions about the re-opening plan please contact Sid VanderMeer at 867-862-7802 ext. 102 or email executivedirector@wrfn.ca

Please click on the PDF document to download and review the approved plan.

Tepee Lake – Coffee Creek Trip


Join the Lands and Resources Department on one of our upcoming trips this summer! The first trip will be a fly-in camp to Tepee Lake from July 20-24th. During this camp we will explore the surrounding area, have cultural workshops, and go on hikes.
Our second trip will be sometime during the first two weeks of September (the  exact dates will be announced soon). This camp will be a harvest camp at Coffee Creek. During this week we will be hunting and exploring the surrounding area. There may be an option to fly elders in who are interested in attending. 
As both these trips are limited in space, please contact the Lands Department as soon as possible to let them know if you are interested in attending! You can reach them at 867-668-4121 or naturalresources@wrfn.ca.

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19.

This benefit is for students who do not qualify for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) or Employment Insurance (EI).

From May to August 2020, the CESB provides a payment to eligible students of:

For each 4-week period


For each 4-week period, if you have dependents or a disability

For more information please see the website: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit.html

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

Only apply for the CERB through either Service Canada or the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) – not both.

What is the Canada Emergency Response Benefit

If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Who is eligible

The Benefit is available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and,
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

Note: Federally regulated workers taking the new leave related to COVID-19 may be eligible for this benefit.

For more information see the CERB Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Morel Mushroom Harvesting Information for Beaver Creek, Yukon Area

If you are planning to harvest Morel Mushrooms in the Snag, Yukon area, please review White River First Nation’s Morel Mushroom Harvesting Guidelines. White River First Nation will require you to contact our Lands and Resources Department (in Whitehorse) to fill out your Morel Mushroom Harvest Permission Form before you are planning to travel to Beaver Creek, Yukon. You can reach our Lands Department by phone 867-668-4121 or email: naturalresources@wrfn.ca.

Please see guidelines and permission form below.