Northern Tutchone Seed Collection and Reclamation Training Initiative

The Northern Tutchone Seed Collection and Reclamation Training Initiative (NTSCRTI)  is a program for Northern Tutchone  youth, or youth living in a Northern Tutchone Traditional Territory ages 16-35, that seeks to develop the entry skills to participate in work related to land reclamation  and restoration. Participants will learn plant identification, plant community ecology, technical field skills, honourable seed harvesting practices, and fieldwork safety and preparation. While there will be some classroom components of this program, the focus on work in the field environment will provide participants with insight and understanding of the environmental reclamation industry.  Upon the successful completion of this program, participants will have the essential skills to assist in reclamation work, and hopefully take their first steps in a land restoration career.

Designed in collaboration with the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun, and in partnership with the Selkirk First Nation Development Corp., Yukon U, and others, this program ensures a learning balance between Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and western science. The curriculum will support the continuity of TEK and reaffirm the importance of upholding the Knowledge of our land guardians since time immemorial. The intended outcome of this initiative includes creating more opportunities for Indigenous people to participate and lead  in environmental reclamation work. The initiative is job training for long-term sustainable employment that is aligned with Northern Tutchone  values. 

Yukon Seed and Restoration (YSR)  is a First Nations owned environmental restoration company that focuses on projects in the Yukon and northern British Columbia. YSR works closely with mining operations and government organizations to reclaim and restore land in a good way, and to help it heal after industrial or natural disturbances. YSR is working on developing theYukon’s first native seed bank to ensure locally adapted seeds and plants are used in the restoration work.

Northern Tutchone Seed Collection and Reclamation Training Initiative | Level 2

October 2-5th, Mayo

Yukon Seed & Restoration is excited to announce the second installment of the NTSCRTI program. This workshop will build on previous teachings and will provide deeper learning into the relationship between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and western science. 

Participants can expect a blend of in classroom and field experience as they learn more about using native species to help with erosion control strategies on the Mayo River. This workshop will cover learning how to conduct live staking, correct species identification for erosion control, proper collecting, handling, storage techniques, and lastly what goes into a habitat enhancement project. Participants will be invited to work on active projects and help to restore environmental areas in Mayo.

This is a paid opportunity, participants will be compensated $200 per day.
Daily hours will run 9am – 3pm. 

  • Lunch and snacks will be provided, in addition to transportation from Pelly if required.
  • Gloves, high visibility vests, and all other required PPE will be provided. 
  • Participants are asked to wear sturdy boots, warm clothes, and be prepared for all weather conditions (ie. rain gear).

This opportunity is open to Northern Tutchone and people living in a Northern Tutchone Traditional Territory ages 18-35. 

For more information, please call or email Kristina Gardner at 867-335-0798 or email

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The Northern Tutchone Seed Collection and Reclamation Training Initiative would not be possible without the dedicated support from our funders. This initiative is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Program.


Local seed and plant sourcing for the restoration and reclamation of Yukon environmental sites.


Determine the natural vegetation for the area.


Assess the requirements for revegetation.


Seed collection, banking, and propagation.


Implementation of revegetation plans.

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Yukon Seed & Restoration Inc.

Whitehorse Branch
Waterfront Station, Unit 310
2237-2nd Avenue
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 0K7
Mayo Branch
PO Box 215
Mayo YT, Y0B 1M0
Kristina Gardner, General Manager

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