Moosehide Gathering 2020


Moosehide Gathering 2020 Cancelled

Moosehide Gathering 2020 Cancelled

April 27, 2020

The 2020 Moosehide Gathering has been cancelled over concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in will host the next biennial Moosehide Gathering in 2022.

The difficult decision to cancel the traditional potlach was made at a recent Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Council meeting. A number of considerations were taken into account, including the challenges associated with hosting a large-scale gathering during a pandemic, the need for outside performers to self-isolate upon arrival in the territory, and the recommendation to avoid non-essential travel between communities.

“The Moosehide Gathering is an important part of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional culture,” said Chief Roberta Joseph. “Our Elders stated we have to think about the well- being and health of everyone at this time. Cancelling our traditional potlach for 2020 is the right thing to do right now. We don’t know how long COVID-19 will impact our society and it’s important we all keep safe and healthy. The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Council are grateful for everyone’s understanding and are already looking forward to coming together with family and friends at Moosehide two summers from now, where we will once again enjoy the culture and traditions offered by the Moosehide Gathering.”


The Moosehide Gathering has been bringing together people from all nations for a celebration of Hän culture since 1993. It was founded by a group of dedicated Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Elders and citizens interested in strengthening First Nations culture and traditions and based on the traditional potlaches of the Hän people.

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