In developing its first Strategic Sustainability Plan in 2007, the City asked the community to help identify a long-term vision and underlying values for Whitehorse. The vision and values were reconfirmed during a sustainability charrette during that process, and were refined slightly for this 2015 update. The vision is:
“Whitehorse will be a well planned, self-sustaining, innovative community that leads in management and conservation of wilderness, energy, and resources for the future. Whitehorse will strive for a good quality of life for all, a stable economy, and a socially diverse community.”
ValuesWhitehorse Residents Value a Sense of Community
Whitehorse has a small town feel, yet offers big city services. People are friendly and involved in the community. Residents value the uniqueness of our community and celebrate the diversity of our people.
Whitehorse Residents Value their Quality of LifeWhitehorse is a safe community that offers a balanced lifestyle. Residents of Whitehorse appreciate challenging work and nearby recreation. We value the intergenerational mix of our population, access to health care and educational opportunities.
Whitehorse Residents Value the Beauty and Closeness of NatureThe Yukon River runs through Whitehorse and our city is surrounded by mountains. Our residents value the nearby access to the wilderness. Residents cherish the wildlife, green spaces and trails in our neighbourhoods and the connections to other neighbourhoods. We value clean air and clean water.
Whitehorse Residents Value LeadershipWhitehorse has world class recreational, cultural and educational facilities. We are leaders in business, science, culture and sports. We are proud of our accomplishments and support innovators and new ideas.
Whitehorse Residents Value Contributions of First NationsThe Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council have Final and Self Government Agreements. We value the First Nations’ culture, traditions and governments. We appreciate and respect their stewardship of the land. Whitehorse residents value the participation and contribution of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and their people.
Whitehorse Residents Values our Vibrant and Diverse Arts and Cultural CommunityWhitehorse residents are proud of our heritage and enjoy our many community events and celebrations. We support our many artists and celebrate their unique and diverse works and performances. We value the cultural facilities which attract outside artists to perform and exhibit in our city.
Whitehorse Residents Value Local BusinessesWhitehorse residents value the ability to shop locally and support local businesses. Whitehorse residents are proud of Whitehorse and Yukon based businesses and their positive contributions.