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Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO: Courtesy of Nicole Edwards/Alistair Maitland

The first time I heard Nicole Edwards’ voice, it drew me down a Yukon College hallway during the 1998 Frostbite Music Festival and into one of the festival’s classroom venues. There I found Nicole Edwards, new to the Yukon at that point, singing... more

Oct 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2017-08-02, PHOTO: courtesy of Mike Stockstill

November, 1972. California-born musician Mike Stockstill and two friends packed their instruments into the car and headed for Alaska. The car was a 1942 Dodge truck that had six months earlier been a chicken coop. Mike, a mechanic, and his friends... more

Aug 2, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

My days paraded to the rhythm of the team, a certain form of serenity growing deep inside me... Forty-five days ago, I placed my feet on Canadian soil, with the goal of changing my life completely. I must say that, for the moment, things are going... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Courtesy of Hidden Histories Society Yukon

May is Asian Heritage Month. We recognize Socorro (Cory) Alfonso, who came to the Yukon in 1986 as one of the first Filipino nannies to work here. She was an adventurer, willing to leave the familiar for unknown challenges and the hope of a better... more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: courtesy of Joanna Lilley

Yukon based writer Joanna Lilley has just published her second collection of poetry If there Were Roads by Turnstone Press; she says that there are no roads to the past. “You can never go back.” Inspired by a childhood memory, she wrote “The... more

May 10, 2017 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2017-05-03, PHOTO: Kelly Tabuteau

The quietness is however short lived, the silence broke as soon as I approached the harnesses… It was their way of showing their will to go; their desire to work. They were 50, and yet only 14 would be taken for the first round. And they knew it... more

May 3, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2017-04-12, PHOTO: J. Simon

With the world’s longest undefended border it’s not difficult to become an accidental illegal alien, especially between the Yukon and Alaska. After all, the last time there was a serious passport control on the Chilkoot Trail was during the gold... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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

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

Mar 29, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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

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

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon People

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

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 12:00 AM Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-12-14, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

Ploytida Samanachangphunk had one sister living in Whitehorse before she immigrated to Canada. Now she has three sisters and an extended family here. Ploytida’s sister would return for family visits to their hometown of Nan, in northern Thailand, ... more

Dec 14, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-11-23, PHOTO: Courtesy of Harvey Burian

Harvey Burian was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Dawson City in December 1944. His parents were Mayo residents Mary (Miyo) Yoshida and Renny Burian. They had been operating a wood camp at 26 Mile on the Stewart River until wartime shortages shut... more

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: IMDB.com

The epic saga of immigration is brought to human scale in Brooklyn, a critically acclaimed film based on the novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Released in 2015 and available on DVD at the Whitehorse Public... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Photography - Film

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Issue: 2016-10-12, PHOTO: courtesy of Jessica Simon

The status of one’s permanent residency quickly becomes the crux of conversation among the Yukon’s new Canadians. And it’s the crux of this column. No two people have the same story to tell. Not only are there various ways to immigrate, each... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Families

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Issue: 2016-09-15, PHOTO: Suzanne Kimpan

Gabriola Islander Bob Bossin brings his one-man musical Davy the Punk to The Old Fire Hall next Thursday, Sept. 22 and to Dawson City the following week. The show is based on Bossin’s 2014 book of the same title. They tell the story of his... more

Sep 15, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-09-08, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz Photography

On the first of August, Gurdeep Pandher celebrated 10 years in Canada. “It’s been such a wonderful journey,” he says. His voice is light and full of joy and laughter. In the past decade, Pandher has lived in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the... more

Sep 8, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Active

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Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

Priska Wettstein’s love affair with photography began in 2008 when husband Paul presented her with a camera. “I don’t know why he did that,” she says, “but ever since then, I’m just hooked. So whenever I go for a walk, or drive out of town, or... more

Aug 11, 2016 12:00 AM Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-07-28, PHOTO: Darrell Hookey

The best cup of coffee I’ve ever had was at the table of Philippe and Leandra Brient in the log-hewn home they built themselves. Outside the back window was a view of Atlin Mountain rising majestically from a valley of boreal forest. more

Jul 28, 2016 12:00 AM Atlin, BC

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Issue: 2016-05-26, PHOTO: Vera Mattson Family Collection

The lure of the Yukon brought many enterprising people north. Togo Takamatsu was one of them. He was born in Chojumura, Japan on February 10, 1875 and immigrated to Vancouver in 1907. In the spring of 1920 he arrived in Carcross becoming one of 20... more

May 26, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon History