Yukon place names and their meanings

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Many common place names have their origins in First Nations languages. This article gives the tribal origin and meaning of some places in the Yukon which may be familiar to you.

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“Great river” from yu-kun-ah (Gwitchin)

 

Kluane (National Park):
“Lake with many fish” from the word lu’an mün (Southern Tutchone)

Vuntut (National Park):
“Crow flats” (Gwich’in)

Qikiqtaruk:
“Western Territory”

Tuktoyaktuk:
“Place where there are caribou” (Inuktitut)

Deh Cho:
“Big river” (Dene)

Inuvik:
“The place of man” (Inuktitut)

Nahanni (National Park):
“People of the west” (Athapaskan)

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