Yukon People

Yukon People Stories

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Serge Michaud

    Women in Whitehorse - Part 1

    Brettanie Deal-Porter is the program coordinator for Special Olympics Yukon, the Yukon's branch of an international organization devoted to making sports accessible to individuals with intellectual disabilities. It’s a job that Deal-Porter has... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    The Team

    I fell asleep, dreaming about all these beautiful things that the next days promised. The sweet melody of my alarm clock rang. It was 7:30 a.m., time to get up. It was above all time to greet and take care of my new colleagues. Here I was, clothed... more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-19, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    Welcome to Alayuk Adventures

    Marcelle arrived shortly before 7:30 pm and I was on my way to Alayuk Adventures! My luggage loaded into the trunk, we get into the warm car and drive on the South Alaska Highway. Two strangers meeting for the first time – despite a few exchanges... more

    Apr 19, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    The Long-Awaited Day

    The crazy adventure of a temporary (or definitive, who knows?) expatriate - Part 2 more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Rick Massie

    “Build the strength of your people”

    Al Cushing may be leaving, but he’s not going anywhere. When he steps into retirement at the end of this month, one aspect of the Yukon Arts Centre’s evolution during his nine years at the helm pleases Cushing the most. more

    Mar 29, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-22, PHOTO: Jozien Keijzer

    Yukon Tough

    A graduate of the Porter Creek Secondary School in the Class of 2009, Nicole Grove, 26, has always been physically strong. Back in 2003, in the days of Hidden Valley Elementary School, Nicole was a gold medalist in the Annual Yukon Wrestling... more

    Mar 22, 2017


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    Issue: 2017-03-15, PHOTO: Élaine Michaud

    Les femmes, unies, jamais ne seront vaincues!

    Il y a près d’un an, j’ai quitté le Québec pour m’établir au Yukon. À la recherche de nouveaux défis, j’ai pris les rênes des EssentiElles, un groupe de défense des droits des femmes francophones du territoire. Bien que je me sois toujours... more

    Mar 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

    The Long-Awaited Day

    The crazy adventure of a temporary (or definitive, who knows?) expatriate - Part 1 more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Yukon Association for Community Living

    Beyond the Limits

    Mallory Pigage is a 26-year-old woman with an apartment in downtown Whitehorse, a large network of friends and her own business. A true Yukon success story, Mallory is determined to focus on her capabilities rather than her limitations, and has... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: Tuomas Romu, Naval Architect at Aker Arctic

    A Yukoner at Heart with a Lot to Give

    Since graduating from Porter Creek Secondary Nicolai Bronikowski has been working on ship design and transit studies. Through his work in Finland, Russia and Canada he showcases the Yukon’s strong science programs and growing potential as an... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-01, PHOTO: courtesy of B. Martens

    Syrian Sourdough

    In much the same way as hospitality is a cornerstone of Islam, Yukoners have fostered a welcoming culture that Europe struggles to build. And perhaps that is why Hasan Arafat, the eldest son of Hussein and Fatima’s nine children, is so animated... more

    Feb 1, 2017

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    Hunting with Gary Sam

    In early July, it was time to trail out the horses for the start of the hunting season in August. Gary Sam, Stanley Simon, Alec Johnny, and I were guides, and we trailed 16 horses out the road from Mayo to Mayo Lake with the outfitter, one dog, and more

    Jan 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: by Jessica Simon

    Karen Nicloux: Stitching a Healthy Future

    To talk to her, you wouldn’t think the quiet needleworker Karen Nicloux was once in the upper echelons of our local drug circuit. Her journey from maximum segregation at Whitehorse Correctional Centre to sobriety is an intricate tapestry. more

    Nov 23, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: courtesy of Amelia Merhar

    It's not you, It's the Yukon

    This is part 4 of a four part series, chronicling one woman’s Tinder dating experience (or lack therof) in the North. I heard a rumour that the old pond hockey tournament in Whitehorse was started by a woman seeking to land an Alaskan husband. more

    Oct 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-10-26, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

    What Happened to the Kids?

    I have Marie write out her full name for me. ‘Achtymichuk.’ It’s Ukrainian, where her dad is from. I compliment her on her beautiful handwriting. We have this interview in the store where Marie is a manager, we were interrupted by staff a few... more

    Oct 26, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Chris Healy

    Dawson Tinder Report

    Hello, dear readers. The Annual Territorial September Scramble is on in full force. Up the Klondike Highway where the winters are darker and colder than in Whitehorse, the stakes of the dating game are stacked even higher. more

    Sep 15, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: by Amelia Merhar

    The Tale of the Tinder-Q

    Say you’re a single person throwing a barbecue. No stranger to the rigours of quality event coordination, you line up a food and drink theme, secure a donated fire pit, invite all your friends and lots of peeps you know but never really hang out... more

    Sep 8, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: by Amelia Merhar

    Introducing the Intricacies of Tinder in the Yukon

    Amelia, 31. University of Alaska Fairbanks. Yukon College. Grad student, artist and musician. Happy to be back up North after a year at school! Small truck and a big dog. That, my friends, is my Tinder profile. Tinder is one of of numerous... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: by Jozien Keijzer

    Finding Herself

    In 2009, Ayla Sanders graduated from Vanier Catholic Secondary School and got a summer job in Paradise Alley on Main Street in Whitehorse. She did not have plans to pursue a post-secondary education, so she wrote an essay to apply for the Rosemary Bu more

    Jul 28, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: courtesy of Claire Ness

    Another Field, Another Festival

    Claire Ness wasn't even born in 1969, when the most famous rock festival in history took place. It's possible her then-20ish parents, Roy and Penelope, have regrets about not joining the throngs of music-loving hippies who flocked to Max Yasgur's... more

    Jul 21, 2016

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