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Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Royal B.C. Museum

Eighteen years ago three sheep hunters named Bill Hanlon, Warren Ward and Mike Roche happened upon the body of a young Indigenous man while crossing a glacier in Tatshenshini-Alsek Park on Champagne and Aishihik First Nations traditional territory... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Haines Junction

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Issue: 2017-12-06, , PHOTO: Dan Davidson

The Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef on the Inland Passage after leaving Skagway on October 23, 1918. It was the last run of the season to Vancouver and Victoria and the ship contained 353 passengers from the... more

Dec 6, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Every two years the Yukon Historical & Museums Association holds a meeting for the entire Yukon heritage community. It moves around the territory, but executive director Lianne Maitland says that one of the places they like to come back to is... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

My great uncle Donald Leary used to tell me stories about the Yukon when I was a child. His stories were probably my favourite part of our family reunions in Roseisle, Manitoba. My mother, siblings and I used to drive there from the family farm in... more

May 31, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Association franco-yukonnaise

Voilà maintenant dix ans que le gouvernement du Yukon a proclamé le 15 mai, la journée de la francophonie yukonnaise, un geste fort mettant en avant l’histoire des franco-canadiens du territoire. En effet, les premières personnes parlant français... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

In just about two-and-a-half months the nomination dossier for the Tr’ondëk/Klondike World Heritage Site will be sent to Paris, France, to UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. It will be evaluated by the International Council on Monuments and Sites... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Harlan Pruden

Harlan Pruden and Marney Paradis are PhD program at UBC. Pruden gave a talk to a group of peers – including Marney – after class once. As Pruden describe it, upon hearing the presentation, Paradis’s mind was blown. Two-Spirit People, Then and Now... more

Aug 25, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Rick Massie

“Dänch'á Éh ma,” I begin the conversation with my mother in a standard Southern Tutchone greeting, uncertain and nervous about my speaking abilities. “Éyigē shrō kwäthän,” she replies. “My feelings are very good.” We are closing a generational... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Culture 1 Comments

A Past Yukon Stikine Regional Heritage Fair

Picture from YHMA’s website taken by Bruce Barrett

My great great grandparents, Alexander Fraser and Jane Hastings Fraser left Dumfrieshire, Scotland in 1795. They settled in the Ottawa Valley with many Scottish immigrants. I have visited the cemetery near Renfrew, Ontario where they rest. In 2010, more

May 5, 2016 12:18 AM Family and Health

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Issue: 2016-04-07, PHOTO: Gates collection

Canada was part of the British Empire, so when war was declared by Great Britain on August 4, 1914, Canada, too, joined the the conflict. There was a tremendous upswing of patriotic fervour. The vast American influx during of the Klondike gold... more

Apr 7, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

This week shaped up to be a culturally ambitious one in Dawson City. The centerpiece of the week has been the Myth and Medium conference organized by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s Heritage Department and focusing on the performing arts. It’s not too... more

Feb 25, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-12-17, Cred: Courtesy of Arts Underground

Arts Underground recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a small party and the launch of a show commemorating the anniversary, called ten. ten features art by the Yukon Arts Society Members, and it includes a variety of mediums. more

Dec 17, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

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Issue: 2015-11-12 PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

Yukon First Nations are planning ways to offer authentic cultural experiences for visitors. The plan to bolster cultural tourism among the Yukon First Nations has been in the works for a while, but this week people from across the Yukon Territory... more

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

In Dawson we are of two minds regarding the Discovery Channel's Klondike mini-series — that six hour reimagining of history, geography and culture that aired this winter. We celebrate six hours of free advertising that will probably draw some... more

Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City

The bi-annual Myth and Medium symposium runs from February 24 to 28 this year, the week after the territorial Heritage Day holiday. Heritage Day originally inspired the idea of Myth and Medium about a decade ago. The first symposium tied in nicely... more

Feb 20, 2014 12:00 AM Dawson City

In two previous columns I have given some background behind Dawson City's interest in UNESCO's World Heritage Status designation. The Klondike region was placed on the national short list for this status in 2004, and I have outlined some of the... more

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Dawson City

The phrases "a picture is worth a thousand words" and "those who forget history are doomed to repeat it" are taking on new meanings this summer at Arts in the Park. The annual lunch-time music series in Lepage Park is trying something new this... more

Jul 21, 2011 12:00 AM Yukon Arts & Entertainment