The Jëje Zho, also known as the Men’s House, is a two-storey building that has been thoughtfully designed by to incorporate elements that hold importance to our ancestors and culture. Recognizing the significance of housing as a key social determinant of health, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in aims to ensure that all our citizens feel safe and have housing security.
By providing support for the vulnerable, the entire community is strengthened. With this objective in mind, the Jëje Zho has been established to serve the needs of adult male residents of Dawson City and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in citizens across the Yukon, including those at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.
The building draws inspiration from traditional fish drying racks, canoe designs, local forest environments, as well as the salmon and ochre rocks found in our Traditional Territory.
The incorporation of these elements pays homage to our heritage while creating a welcoming and familiar environment. The building comprises eight residential units with up to 11 beds, offering first-stage transitional units and emergency shelter beds. On the second floor, there are supported living units and an outreach office, while the first-floor houses three emergency shelter beds and support offices.
The Jëje Zho serves multiple purposes, including emergency intake for men needing temporary accommodation, beds for men entering programs provided by the Jëje Zho, and highly supported living arrangements. It also acts as a transition housing facility for Phase 1, where individuals can live more independently while still acquiring necessary life skills and readiness for Phase 2 transition housing.
The official Opening and Naming Ceremony of the Jëje Zho takes place on July 13th at 1pm at 1217 – 2nd Avenue. There will be tours through the new building, music by Kevin Barr, and light refreshments. Everyone is welcome.