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ou know the drill. There’s a beautiful, warm, cozy and glowing fire in your living room. Sweat pants are on. A nice dinner’s been eaten. It would be so easy; it would be so great, just to lie on your couch and go to sleep. But, there’s one fourlegged bundle of joy wreaking havoc in the hallway a few metres over. To ensure you won’t wake up to your favourite pillow destroyed, or doggie gifts on the living room floor, you gear up to release your dog’s energy in the most efficient way you know how: a walk. In the summer dog walking is one ordeal. Simple rolling out in the t-shirt and jeans you’re in. But, the winter? First come the boots, then comes the old jacket with crumb laden pockets that you’ll inevitably find you’re stuffing more dog treats and dog bags into, right next to your wallet and cell phone. You’ll walk out the door with hat, leash and struggling to fasten on that safety-doglight to the collar with one gloved hand and the other freezing, besieged with the clip. I always wonder what my dog thinks of that little light. Sure it

gives us joy, seeing a little light darting and dashing through the bush. But, does it mess with her night vision? Does she think it’s a cool fashion statement? Or, is she woefully embarrassed to be dressed up in such awkwardness? All these questions will be put to rest, when she comes into contact with another dog, while our panic sets in. You are probably already well aware of the fact that there are many different dog walking philosophies in this world, and some people stick painstakingly close to theirs. Our dog has so much energy; it’s inevitable we will always let her off leash. But, it’s always in a trail area and away from civilization. It’s when your hippie-granola-free-leashed dog comes into contact with a dog on leash our impending doom sets in. Our dog, the dog that didn’t make it through the door of any obedience school, will frolic up to the leashed dog like her long lost best friend. Then, she takes the other dog off the well-behaved straight and narrow. While dealing with the chaos of our dog and theirs, out of the cor-

ner of their eye the other owner will probably see us woefully sprinting behind, waving a leash, treats and frantically yelling anything we read on that puppy training website years ago. There have been many times when we’ve had to leave this kind of encounter with our tail between our legs. But there have been a few where we have made cordial acquaintanceship status with the other owner. Even more rare is when our family’s friendship circle is entirely composed of dog owners who were pretty chill about the fact our dog nearly terrorized theirs. But at the end of the walk, you’ll inescapably reach for your doorknob with some new story in your arsenal. Be it finally getting to know the guy who lives in the red house a few doors down, or piecing together a constellation in the sky. Laughing as your dog becomes enamoured with a pinecone, or getting to see some breathtaking northern lights you would’ve otherwise missed. You’ll come in, shake off your boots, put away your coat and cont’d on page 3...


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On the Cover Climbing in the Bugaboos. Photos by Alexander Weber

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plop down on the couch once more. The fire’s glow will feel warmer, the couch softer, the dog happier and you’ll be glad – genuinely glad – that the little fourlegged bundle of joy took you out for a walk today.

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Aisy Doodles ......................... 3 Celtic Bhangra ....................... 4 Didee & Didoo ....................... 4 A Klondike Korner .................. 5

Tess Casher is a Whitehorsebased writer.

Family Life Review.................. 6 Wolf Book Review ................... 7

Parka joyfully carrying away her prize from the walk: the most beautiful stick of the forest

Fermentation Fridays .............. 9 Caribou Eggrolls ....................10 The Lake Below ....................12 Bugaboos ............................15 Climate Change Hazards..........18

Parka sniffing, if not for trouble, for something that smells intriguing

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Parka, walking un-leashed and free in the woods near our home

Active Interests ....................17 Highlights ....................... 18, 19 Community Listings ...............20

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n 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. There are two main types of World Heritage Sites. Some focus on the natural qualities of an

area, and tend to become parks. Tr’ondëk/Klondike is in a different category, as a cultural site. A cultural site is chosen to celebrate human ways of life that can be shown via physical landscapes, traditions, stories, buildings, archaeological remains, artistic expressions and more. Among the human activity being celebrated here is the long,

continuing tradition of mining, stretching back to the Bonanza Creek discovery in 1896, and even before that, to the activity at Forty Mile in the 1880s. That this activity continues on to the present day in one of the things that makes the area unique. Most mining boom town areas are ghost towns after this much time. Another unique feature of this nomination is that it includes the much longer history of the local indigenous people, the Hän, represented today as the Tr’ondëk Dan Davidson Hwëch’in First Nation. Project Assistant Molly Shore made two presentations late in November, one to the community at large on Nov. 25 and the other to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in General Assembly the next day. The General Assembly is recommending that the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Chief and Council draft a formal letter of support for the final nomination application. With the aid of a six minute promotional video Shore described Tr’ondëk/Klondike as “a living, evolving cultural landscape that celebrates the enduring co-existence of the newcomers and the indigenous peoples bound together by the Klondike Gold Rush. The cultural landscape is shaped by activities of the gold rush until the present day, illustrating a relationship between the people and the land.” Check out the video on the Tr’ondëk Klondike World Heritage Facebook page. The nomination package has been prepared under the watchful eye of a local advisory com-

mittee, including representation from Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, the City of Dawson, the Yukon Government, the Klondike Placer Miners Association and citizen reps from both Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in and the Dawson community. There is also a project management team, and much of the actual work has been sub-contracted to a number of agencies and organizations. The team is in regular communication with Parks Canada representatives in Ottawa, who have vetted the package at each step of the way. This project has been a subject of speculation since the 1970s, and became a public objective at the urging of the late Pierre Berton in 1997. By 2004, it had been placed on Canada’s tentative short list, and several versions of a proposal were worked up prior to 2010, when the present project began to take shape under the leadership of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, who had

identified it as being important to their regional economic development objectives. The present advisory committee was convened in 2013 and work began towards developing the first draft of a Statement of Universal Values and identifying places that illustrate these values. After the submission of the package in February, the region can look forward to a summertime visit by representatives of International Council on Monuments and Sites to make an onsite inspection. If all goes well, the committee expects to receive World Heritage designation in July 2018. Dan Davidson retired from 32 years of teaching in rural Yukon schools, but continues writing about life in Dawson City. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.

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“While a part of me was glad I wasn’t like my brother, no part of me wished to be more fortunate than my mother. To be luckier than her was to be different from her, it was to be apart from her, it was to have a life that would take me away from her. At school, the guilt and sadness were like wearing clothes still damp from the wash. Whenever I moved, I felt as though I were touching something icy. In history class, I sat in the first desk of the fourth row. I learned that Andrew Jackson was called ‘Old Hickory.’ My knowing this meant that I had gained something, that I was being made rich while my mother and brother remained poor.” --An excerpt from Family Life by Akhil Sharma

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or eight-year-old Ajay Mishra, America brims with the extraordinary opportunities his family could never attain in Delhi, India. So when his mother and older brother, Birju, join their father to live in New York, Ajay revels in the power of their good fortune. However, months after their arrival, a swimming accident leaves Birju with severe brain damage. His fall from promising prodigy to fully-dependant charge leaves the family transformed and struggling to cope. The reversal of luck throws Ajay’s life into disarray. As his mother devotes herself to constant caregiving and his father to alcohol, Ajay grows up battling a confused sense of guilt and family duty. Set in this sorrowful turmoil, Family Life, the 2014 autobiographical novel by IndianAmerican author Akhil Sharma unfolds layers of cultural (mis) understandings and where to find a foothold when all feels lost. Our protagonist, Ajay, is not a likeable character. He is extremely proud and self-centred, and yet, you forgive him. After Birju’s accident, his survival becomes the focal point of the family and Ajay is left to legitimize the circumstances on his own. He flounders for rationale and, without guidance, he grows into the son his brother could never be. Constantly churning out various reasonings for his family’s circumstances, Ajay’s self-absorbed perspective goes unchecked and his naive arrogance blooms. The derailment of how one life lost becomes the collapse of the whole family is the real tragedy of this story. It’s why the reader

simultaneously rejects and pities Ajay, we want him to succeed — can he? What the story brilliantly accomplishes is bringing the reader into a family’s life that is not their own. While we may understand the peculiar nuances of our own familial expectations, they’re often seemingly impossible to explain to anyone outside our inner circle. In Family Life, author Akhil Sharma brings these inherited expectations to sharp attention. Amidst the intercultural tensions of being newcomers, the family dynamic itself is palpable. Even while the characters and their way of life feel unfamiliar, you absorb empathy for them from the pages. Sharma is conservative with his explanations of why the plot moves forward as it does, or how to expect the characters to react the way they do. By lightly passing over details — as Sharma suggests Hemingway does — the exoticism of an otherwise foreign experience is released. As the reader fills the space with their own personal interpretations, it creates a sense of closeness with the characters and more common ground with otherwise unfamiliar cultural expectations. Composed with controlled melancholy, expect to feel your way through this book.

Vanessa Ratjen is a reader and a writer. She’s done both in Nova Scotia, the Yukon, and on Vancouver Island, where she currently resides in a yurt.

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for 35,000 years in the Yukon before the first humans got here. Therefore, the true strength of Zhoh, the Clan of the Wolf as a literary effort written by a wildlife biologist turned storyteller, is Hayes’ renderings of the times themselves with the human characters in a supporting role. Yes, the book is a dramatic sociological and historical dialogue explaining a unique time in human history, but is also – and perhaps even more so – the grandmother of all hunting stories in a hostile environment. Make no mistake about it, human beings are tough cookies. We had to be to survive and thrive

through history even from the beginning. You don’t have to be aboriginal to feel a sense of pride in this survival story. Theirs was a triumph for all humankind, particularly North Americans, regardless of race or gender. If if it was Bob Hayes’ intention to create a realistic snapshot based on scientific observations of what life must have been like for the first humans to occupy North America at the end of the Pleistocene Age, he succeeded brilliantly just as he did in 2010 with the wolf book. There were times when the hair stood up on the back of my neck as I imagined a huge lion coming into the tent in the middle of the night and grabbing a grandchild for a midnight treat and times I shuddered at the thought of hordes of swarming mosquitos so numerous you could hear them before they were visible. Like most scientists, Hayes writes in simple, declarative sentences which come at you like the relentless bursts of a machine gun – but he doesn’t come off like a lecturing academic. Doug Sack is a former sportswriter who wanted to call this piece “Lions 47, Hunters 3” but thought better of it.

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Sat, Dec, 17, Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 am The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat, Dec, 17, Wooden Cutting Boards 1:00 pm Until, Dec, 17, Art Exhibit: Bananapocalypse YuKonstruct Makerspace Design, cut, laminate, Now? Meet You In The Oblivion Arts and finish your own completely unique and Underground Equal parts blatant humour durable cutting board. Great as a Christmas gift, and suppressed horror, Loranger makes to someone else, or yourself! Email for more surreal iconographies and narratives of paper, information. fragmenting mythological symbols. Sat, Dec, 17, Solstice haiku discussion group Until, Dec, 21, Community Art Project: Part 2 3:30 pm Family Literacy Centre - The Exhibit Yukon Arts Centre We are excited Sat, Dec, 17, Christmas Bingo 6:00 pm to invite you to our opening. How do we create Whitehorse, Yukon From the comfort of your sense of place in the Yukon and what do you own home, join Softball Yukon in bringing the think makes a Yukoner? Christmas Spirit with over $100,000 in prizes to Until, Dec, 24 Yukon Art Society Members’ win! Show Arts Underground View work from our Sat, Dec, 17, Bhangra – The Dance of the talented members and discover the perfect gift Punjab 6:30 pm The Old Fire Hall Bhangra dance for a loved one - a locally made artpiece from a performance by Gurdeep Pandher and group Yukon artist. dance with bhangra students Grant Simpson will Until, Dec 31, Santa’s Studio Yukon Artists at be the host of the show, also featuring bhangra Work Gallery Members and guest artists are dance on Traditional Irish and Scottish Set Music stuffing Santa’s Studio with oodles of giftable by the band “Crooked Folk” delights. Daily at 5:00 p,m Sat, Dec, 17, Silent Auction Christmas Special Until, Feb, 17, Art Exhibition - Yukon Archives 8:00 pm Bailey’s Pub And Grill There is no better Collection - Posters Arts Underground In the time than Christmas to spend an evening together Hougan Heritage Gallery. helping a friend and family we all love so very Until, Feb, 25 Public Gallery Exhibit Yukon Arts much. With this fundraiser and the gofundme our Centre Veronica Verkley, Jessica Auer & Andreas goal is to help Taryn get ahead, a fresh start that Rutkauska, and a collection of emerging Syrian Until, Dec, 21 Spruce Bog Christmas Boutique she deserves. For more information text 333-2673 Artists have work on display. All exhibits explore Westmark Whitehorse A wide variety of gift items Sun, Dec, 18, GP Vancouver Trial: Modern places, they’re vastly different in style, medium, from 30 well-known artisans to choose from! 12:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles GP trial and ideas. for the Grand Prix in February. Winner gets the Until, Apr, 30, Landmark Exhibition Yukon Until, Dec, 20 12 Days of Christmas Market free byes and doesn’t have to play grinders on Government Administration Building An exhibition 10:00 am Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Yukon the night before. Modern format, normal prize of new acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art artisans gather to showcase and sell artwork, payouts. Collection. crafts, food, and more! Get your Christmas Sun, Dec, 18, Whitehorse Scrabble Club 1:00 shopping done early. 10am – 9pm M-F, 10am – pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Are you a wordy 7pm Sat/Sun. person, put your words to the test and join the Wed, Dec, 14, Christmas Cocktail Party Scrabble Club. Must be 19+ Wed, Dec, 14 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm MacBride Museum Call for more information. Sun, Dec, 18, Wooden Cutting Boards 1:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! 667-2709 YuKonstruct Makerspace Design, cut, laminate, Wed, Dec, 14 Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 pm Wed, Dec, 14, Spanish Conversation Group and finish your own completely unique and Jarvis Street Saloon 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Thu, Dec, 15 Roxx Hunter Live 6:00 pm Tony’s Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 durable cutting board. Great as a Christmas gift, to someone else, or yourself! Email for more Pizza Roxx Hunter and Izaak Lazeo-Fairman Terry or Michèle information. playing acoustic guitar music covering almost Wed, Dec, 14, Holiday Open House 12:00 pm every style and genre. Yukon Learn All welcome, serving our famous hot Sun, Dec, 18, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 pm Arts Underground Non-instructed open studio. Thu, Dec, 15 Kim Beggs Trio 7:00 pm Miner’s apple cider and snacks. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s Daughter Restaurant Featuring the Kim Beggs Wed, Dec, 14, CPAWS Holiday Open House tools and equipment; clay and some tools are Trio with opening solo set from BJ MacLean 5:00 pm CPAWS Enjoy great food, warm drinks, available for purchase. Every Sunday except long Thu, Dec, 15 Fiddler On The Loose Joe mocktails, cash bar, bonfire, great company and weekends. $5/hour. Loutchan live 7:00 pm 98 Hotel Longest running an opportunity to do some holiday shopping. Mon, Dec, 19, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 house band in the Yukon - Traditional fiddle music Wed, Dec, 14, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon am Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for and more - jigging is encouraged and limericks Inn in the Boiler Room Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be are the norm. Thu, Dec, 15, Mini Giant Rendezvous Holiday available on site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or Thu, Dec, 15 Jam Night with Scott Maynard Bingo 4:00 pm Elks Lodge 306 Doors will open 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn at 4 pm with games starting at 6 pm, Door prizes, toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Thu, Dec, 15 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 pm Jarvis early birds, and bonanza sales. License #: 2016- Mon, Dec, 19, Southern Tutchone Language Classes 5:30 pm Ta’an Kwäch’än Council Please Street Saloon 112 contact Chantelle for more details by email Thu, Dec, 15 Yukon Live Music - Ginger Jam Thu, Dec, 15, BYTE Alumni Reunion 5:30 pm cblackjack@taan.ca or phone 668-3613 ext 607. 10:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler room fully BYTE Open House in honour of BYTE founder, Light dinner will be provided. electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and Nicole Edwards! We will be serving up coffee, Mon, Dec, 19, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest tea and snacks as well as playing some oldco-hosts and performers. school BYTE videos in the back room for anyone pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more Fri, Dec, 16 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner who is interested! 90s fashion and old BYTE information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy peraphernalia are encouraged. Mon, Dec, 19, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Listening Thu, Dec, 15, Aboriginal Christmas Stockings Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Fri, Dec, 16 Jude Waldman CD Release Party 6:00 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace First Nations and Art Show 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush embroidery and appliqué techniques with holiday Tue, Dec, 20, Drop In Improv 8:00 pm The Guild Hall Drop in Improv with George Maratos Inn 668-4500 crafting, this workshop leads you through all the Fri, Dec, 16 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson steps to create an Aboriginal Christmas Stocking. and Brian Fidler, admission by donation, bring your funny bone and an extra pair of pants - just 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Email for more information. Fri, Dec, 16 Stickybuds 9:00 pm Lizards Night Thu, Dec, 15, Chess Corner 6:30 pm Whitehorse kidding! Wed, Dec, 21, Holiday Open House 10:00 am Club Get your advance tickets at the T&M Hotel Public Library Chess played upstairs at the Yukon Chamber of Mines or be first in line at the door, the last stop on his Library, beginners welcome, welcome to bring Wed, Dec, 21, Spanish Conversation Group Canadian tour being the Yukon, we know this your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration talent is going to bring the funk and bass! in on this game of strategy. Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Fri, Dec, 16 Dreams - The Ultimate Tribute to Thu, Dec, 15, Nourished - The Whole Foods Terry or Michèle Fleetwood Mac 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Workshop 6:30 pm (co)space coworking Wed, Dec, 21, Singing on the Solstice 5:15 Canada’s ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac is space` Come in with an empty stomach + an pm White Swan Sanctuary Sing sacred chants, taking the stage. Roxx Hunter and friends start open mind, and leave full with an enlightened songs and mantras from different traditions. Sing the night at 10PM whole food perspective. Please email jill@ and maybe dance! with our master tabla player, Fri, Dec, 16 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the getdowntoearthwellness.com for more Ananda Das. All welcome. For more information Boiler Room information. Fri, Dec, 16 Ukes of Hazard 10:00 pm Rising Fri, Dec, 16, Dusk’a Friday Language Lunches contact Pam primemeridian98@gmail.com, there will be an opportunity to visit and share finger Sun Lounge No Cover Charge, performing 12:00 pm Duska Head Start and Family foods and tea afterwards. original songs and upbeat unique covers. Learning Center Bring a bag lunch and come Wed, Dec, 21, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Featuring Aiden Tentrees, Zachary Pelland, learn Southern Tutchone with our special guest Inn in the Boiler Room Patrick Docherty and Paris Vagabond Gypsy speakers. Call Erin Pauls for more information Sat, Dec, 17 Jarvis Street Saloon Saturday 633-7816. All Kwanlin citizens and staff are Sociable Jam 3:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon welcome! Bring your own gear and we’ll plug you in or just Fri, Dec, 16, Craft Sale and Open House 3:00 Mondays - Friday Family Free Play Drop-in play on ours! (867) 668-4567 Ext: 300 pm YACL Office 12:30pm Saturdays 10-2pm. Family Literacy Sat, Dec, 17 Jude Waldman CD Release Party Fri, Dec, 16, Bevy’s and Games 4:00 pm (co) Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This drop-in includes and Art Show 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush space coworking space` Every Friday we have Inn 668-4500 delicious bevy’s and we play games and hang out. reading time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome.. Sat, Dec, 17 Arrival - The Ultimate Tribute to Fri, Dec, 16, Softball Radio TV Bingo 7:15 pm Wed, Dec, 14, Parent and Child Mother Goose ABBA 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Softball Yukon For more details contact Softball with Elders 10:30 am Macaulay Lodge 668-8794 Sat, Dec, 17 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Yukon at 867-667-4487 or email softball@ Fun for kids, parents and elders, children 0-5, call Boiler Room sportyukon.com Listen on CKRW 610 AM/96.1 Sat, Dec, 17 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 pm Jarvis FM, CHON FM 98.1FM, 90.5 in the communities, Jo for more information. Wed, Dec, 14, Girls Group 5:00 pm Heart Of Street Saloon Northwestel Cable-Channel 209 and 709 Riverdale Dinner at 6 with Jess Stone Bus tickets Sun, Dec, 18 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sat, Dec, 17, Learn German 10:00 am Alpine are available. Come by and share your ideas and Sun, Dec, 18 Jude Waldman CD Release Party Bakery Learn German in a fun way with Renate we’ll put them into action! and Art Show 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush - beginner to intermediate. No charge. Info 334Inn 668-4500 6948

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Mon, Dec, 19 Ladies Night with DJ Carlo 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Mon, Dec, 19 Ladies Nights 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, Dec, 20 Ryan McNally 7:00 pm Dirty Northern Pub Acoustic jazz and blues, sometimes electric rockabilly and swing, even old time banjo/ fiddle tunes and Cajun. Tue, Dec, 20 Top 40 Dance Tunz with Jon Steel 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, Dec, 20 Yukon Live Music - Ginger Jam 10:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Wed, Dec, 21 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Dec, 21 Problematic Orchestra 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre A 14-piece + chamber orchestra, 1929 silent film by Soviet-Russian director Dziga Vertov “Man With A Movie Camera”, with a live score performed by the orchestra and a lot more classics and favourites. 334-2789 Wed, Dec, 21 Karaoke with DJ Carlo 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon

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Fri, Dec, 16, Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 am Heart Of Riverdale No Cost for these sessions, but registration is required. Register online or call 867-393-2623 if you need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months. Fri, Dec, 16, Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, House, and Krump 7:30 pm Leaping Feats Creative Danceworks Every Friday Night, Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, House, and Krump. Cyphers and tutorials. IN the Green Studio FREE (kids 9 and Under bring a parent) Sat, Dec, 17, Pride Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am Whitehorse United Church On the hour seating’s until 10 a.m, rainbow photo booth, festive music, email Turner1577@gmail.com for more information. Sat, Dec, 17, Ball Pit Fun 10:00 am Heart Of Riverdale The play area features tonnes of climbing and scurrying equipment for playful monkeys. Parental Supervision Required. Sat, Dec, 17, Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:30 am MacBride Museum 867667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore the animal gallery together. Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. Sat, Dec, 17, Drop & Shop! (Painting with Encaustic) 11:00 am Arts Underground 667-4080 Drop of your kids for 2 hours of crafting fun with Marlene Collins while you get some shopping done. In this session, kids will paint with melted coloured beeswax. Sat, Dec, 17, Learn to be a Musher 1:00 pm Whitehorse, Yukon Learn the experience from a pro, harness and bootie your racing dog, make sure your dog is well fed, and set up your sled and experience your first mini race in a safe environment! Register by email at yukondogmushers@gmail.com at the IBEX Valley Tracks. Sat, Dec, 17, Drop & Shop! (Painting with Encaustic) 2:00 pm Arts Underground 667-4080 Drop of your kids for 2 hours of crafting fun with Marlene Collins while you get some shopping done. In this session, kids will paint with melted coloured beeswax. Sat, Dec, 17, Santa Land & Festival Lights Tour 4:30 pm Whitehorse, Yukon Activities, food, and festivities the Polar Express Bus Tours depart at 4:30 and 5:30 Sun, Dec, 18, The Living Flannel Graph 4:00 pm Whitehorse Baptist Church A Traditional Christmas Pageant with potluck and candy to follow. Tue, Dec, 20, Science Magic Shipyards Park All ages. Have fun with science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Lets stretch our minds and grow, free and drop in! Two times during the day at 1:30 - 2:30 pm and 3:15 - 4:00 pm. Wed, Dec, 21, Baby Talk Sessions - December 1:30 pm Whitehorse Health Centre Bring your baby, a comfy non judgmental atmosphere, chat about concerns and issues relating to family and baby. December 14 and 28 cancelled.

Thu, Dec, 15, Nourished - The Whole Foods Workshop 6:30 pm (co)space coworking space` Come in with an empty stomach + an open mind, and leave full with an enlightened whole food perspective. Please email jill@ getdowntoearthwellness.com for more information. Sat, Dec, 17, Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:30 am Emergency Measures Organization YARA’s breakfast at the A&W. Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon often join. Sat, Dec, 17, Saturdays Drop-in Yoga 10:30 am Shanti Yoga These classes are all levels and open to everyone. This is a great opportunity to come practice Yoga with an experienced and dedicated teacher! If you have questions please call 335-2457. Sat, Dec, 17, PFLAG Meeting 7:00 pm Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome Mon, Dec, 19, Council of Northern Economic Developers 2016 AGM 12:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Meet in the Tutshi Room Mon, Dec, 19, Young Women of Wisdom Workshops 5:00 pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre All awesome girls aged 9-13! This new group mirrors the Women of Wisdom, but is tailored just for girls. Call 633-7683 to learn more. Tue, Dec, 20, Women of Wisdom Workshops 6:00 pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre If you’re an Aboriginal woman who is looking to share or learn Traditional Teachings, the Women of Wisdom program may be a good fit for you. Tue, Dec, 20, Brave New Writing Workshop 7:00 pm Brave New Writing Join us to work that creative muscle in a warm and supportive environment. This is a guided creative writing workshop using prompts to inspire, engage, and explore. Bring your favourite journal and a pen and get ready to write. Admission by donation. Wed, Dec, 21, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com

MEETING & WORKSHOPS Wed, Dec, 14, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com Wed, Dec, 14, Manifesting through the Energetic System 6:00 pm Whitehorse, Yukon Participate in these 4 activating guided meditations Email ruthrootawakening@gmail.com To register. Wed, Dec, 14, Friends of Yukon Permanent Art Collection AGM 7:00 pm Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre Annual general meeting will be held at the Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre. New and current members welcome. Refreshments provided. 667-5858 Wed, Dec, 14, Cycle Association of Yukon 7:00 pm Sport Yukon All Welcome, email for more information. Thu, Dec, 15, Sundogs Toastmasters Club 12:00 pm Sport Yukon A lunch time session to learn the skills, practice the speaking, receive the feedback to improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com Thu, Dec, 15, Shut Up and Write 2:00 pm (co) space coworking space` This event helps spike individual productivity by using the Pomodoro Technique as a group, to keep ourselves accountable. We’ll do 4 rounds of 25 minute focused sessions followed by a 5-minute break. Thu, Dec, 15, Midnight Sun Toastmasters Club 5:30 pm Yukon College Room A2714. An after work meeting to help you gain confidence in public speaking, improve communication and add to your leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867689-6363 toastmasteryukon@gmail.com

Friday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Yukon Unity Group Meeting 1:30 PM #4 Hospital Road Whitehorse Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St.

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Wednesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Porter Creek Step meeting (CM) 8:00 PM Our Lady of Victory No Puffin (CM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St., Big Book Study Thursday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Polar Group (OM) 7:30 PM Sarah Steele Building, 609 Steele St., Main Entrance

Saturday Detox Meeting (OM, NS) 1:00 PM Sarah Steele Building, 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Women’s Meeting (CM, NS) 2:30 PM Whitehorse General Hospital (across from emergency) Hospital Meeting Whitehorse General Hospital (OM NS) 7:00 pm - Hospital Board Meeting. Sunday Detox Meeting (OM NS) 1:00 PM Sarah Steel Bldg. 609 Steele St., Main Entrance Hospital Meeting (OM NS) 7:00 PM Whitehorse General Hospital Monday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. New Beginnings Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Tuesday The Joy Of Living group (OM, NS) 12:00 noon Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Ugly Duckling Group (OM, NS) 8:00 PM Maryhouse 504 Cook St. Juste Pour Aujourd’hui (OM, NS) 7:00 PM 4141B 4th Ave. Phone: AA 1-877-364-7277 (24 hours a day)


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I’ve Got a Gut Healing About This

Getting started with fermenting - Use around 2% salt by weight of shredded or chopped vegetables, or 2 Tbs per 5 kg. - Start simple, ie: cabbage and salt, then start to mix veggies and add spices.

Local digestive health guru starts monthly meet-up Fermenting is a healthy way to process and preserve all that garden produce

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ippocrates alluded to the gut as the source of all our ills, and Katherine Belisle, a health practitioner in Whitehorse, couldn’t agree more. Working in the relatively new field of functional nutrition she has been doggedly working to introduce the benefits of eating fermented foods to an increasingly willing audience. Functional nutrition differs from a more traditional dietetic approach of looking just at the components of food in that it studies how the gut interacts with food. “What we are seeing today are two realities,” she tells me, referring to twin devils that have led to the current preponderance of digestive woes in our culture. “We have a society where people are under a considerable amount of stress, and a society in which people are exposed to considerable amounts of toxins and eating nutrient deficient diets. Together these impact the gut in a negative way.” The first isn’t news – newspaper health columns are full of the latest research on stress and how it impacts the body. To recap the basics, when we are under stress the nervous system shuts down blood flow to the digestive system in favour of the heart and brain. This is ancient brain stuff at work – a full stomach makes it difficult to fight or flee. Distraction has a similar impact on the digestive organs, but instead of shutting them down it doesn’t let them wake up. Our meals are about more than taste – smell, sight, and ritual all serve roles in preparing our alimentary tract to receive food; when the mouth waters it is getting full of enzymes that begin digestion in the mouth. The mechanical act of chewing also often gets passed over when

we aren’t focused on our food – I know I am guilty of scarfing down a meal without even registering that it went down, especially when thinking about my to-do list and reading the news at the same time. This all results in inadequately digested food arriving in the small intestine, the home of our beloved gut flora: trillions of microorganisms that help us get the most from our food. It’s also in trouble. Belisle continues: “An excess of exposure to antibiotics, chlorine in our water, overly processed and nutrient-poor food and living in super-clean environments leads to a decrease in the biodiversity in our gut and an imbalance in the ‘good’ versus the ‘bad’ bacteria.” She explains that the undigested food particles nourish the bad guys, whose metabolic products are toxic to our bodies. All this leads to inflammation of the small intestine and a syndrome known as ‘leaky gut,’ where material passes directly through the wall of the small intestine into the bloodstream instead of being filtered through the villi, finger-like projections that line the gut. Belisle now moves over to the liver. “The liver is so important to the whole body. When it malfunctions we can see fatigue, hormone imbalances and other chronic symptoms. The buildup of toxins in the blood from stress combined with those now coming from a compromised small intestine overwhelm the liver with its role of detoxification and it can’t perform its other jobs.” Sounds like bad news. In addition, those nutrientpoor diets we were talking about fail to provide the liver with what it needs to function well, and the material now floating about in the bloodstream can send the immune system into overdrive trying to re-

spond. No wonder a whole host of symptoms can be traced back to digestion. Luckily, there is hope! Enter sauerkraut. “Fermented foods are a way of adding beneficial bacteria to the gut that is accessible, affordable and provides a much greater diversity of microorganisms than over-the-counter probiotics,” says Belisle. “They also include prebiotics, partially digested particles that feed the good bacteria already present in the small intestine, and are rich in nutrients the body needs.” While she cautions that severe medical conditions might make it risky to experiment, most people can very safely start to introduce healthy flora into their gut through sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha and kefir. If any of these sound interesting (and they are all delicious), try out the Fermented Foodies Club. “Fermentation is getting much more popular,” Belisle tells me, “at my first farmers’ market workshop three years ago I got a few people stopping by to say ‘ew.’ This year I had people the entire time; I didn’t get a break!” She feels the time is ripe for a regular social where people can share their knowledge, questions, and cultures – metaphorically and literally, and has begun facilitating events on the last Friday of every month at Farmer Robert’s tea room from 5 - 6 pm. Check our her website for more information at www.katherinebelisle.com, and why not try a couple simple tips: chew your food, and think about how delicious it is. I really can’t think of an easier pill to swallow. Kim Melton is an enthusiastic forager and gardener, inspired by all things that make up good, local food.

- Keep veggies submerged beneath the brine and covering the crock or jar. Ideally air can get out, but not in. - Ferment at room temperature to ensure activity, then store cool once you like the taste. Alternative Perspectives Common perception: I am intolerant to [insert food here]. Alternative: It’s not the food. People with digestive health issues often turn to elimination diets, cutting out different food items, and find short-term results then symptoms return. Belisle explains that removing whatever is the main irritant can lead to temporary improvement, but that another food item will take its place if the root cause of inflammation is not addressed. She warns that elimination diets in their extreme can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Common perception: Once I recolonise my gut I’ll be fine. Alternative: Our gut flora is largely transient, so get used to eating ferments! Belisle explains that contrary to the idea that eating ferments or taking probiotics can kickstart a healthy flora that would then proliferate and stabilise on its own, we finish establishing our resident flora by the time we are two. “After that everything is transient and seldom lasts more than two weeks,” she tells me. The response? Make ferments part of your diet, not a once-inawhile medical intervention.

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Seasonal Recipes with Sydney Oland

Caribou, Water Chestnut and Sweet Corn Egg Rolls C

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aribou is one of my favorite Yukon treats, and if you happened to get one during hunting season (or have generous friends) then you’re going to find yourself with a bit of ground. These egg rolls make use of a bunch of tinned goods while still letting the main ingredient shine. If you’re not a hunter, you can substitute any sort of ground meat you’d like and these egg rolls will still turn out delicious. Since these egg rolls are baked, not deep fried, they tend to reheat even better than their less healthy brethren. Just pop them in a 375-degree oven and cook until the outside has regained its crisp texture. Makes approximately 25 egg rolls

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over medium high heat until shimmering then add celery, garlic, ginger and onion and cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the ground meat and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Then add soy sauce, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, water chestnuts and corn then cook until all the liquid is fully absorbed. The time will depend on what meat you end up using, but anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes. Taste the meat mixture and season to taste with salt and red pepper flakes if using.

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spoons of filling in the center. Brush edges of wrapper with beaten egg then fold wrapper around filling. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers until all of both are fully used. Brush each egg roll with canola oil then place on lined baking sheet.

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. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes,

for an additional 5 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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The Lake Below

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f you have hiked up Kusawa Ridge, you may have spotted a rectangular lake below. This small lake is tucked away alongside the Kusawa Road, right beside the Takhini River and isn’t visible from the road, from the river, nor from Kusawa Lake. This small lake is a wonderful lake and even has a sandy beach. “Why have we never been here before?” I asked the others, when we finally stood on the shore of this small lake. It could only be because; “Well, because there is Kusawa Lake; why go to a small lake when there is a big lake?” On a day in October, I reached

this lake with some friends. A small glacial moraine seemingly stops this lake from emptying out into the Takhini River. We got the idea to go to this lake, because we were skating in October (and still are in the early days of November). As it often is in October, the ice was strong enough on little lakes and there wasn’t too much snow yet. As we had already skated on the local Mendenhall ponds and lakes, we were in need of a little more of an adventure. Our trip to the small lake turned out to be quite an expedition with some of us bringing skates, hiking boots and cross country skis

An animal trap since we weren’t sure what to expect, not knowing if the lake would even be sufficiently frozen. First we had to find the lake. We parked the car in an elbow of the road, roughly four kilometres past the Takhini River campground on the Kusawa Road. There was a little path going up the side hill and soon we found a smaller path that led us in the right direction. After approximately half a kilometer the path turned too far west, so we decided to leave the path and turn straight towards where we expected the lake to be. We discovered that we had to cross a swamp. We climbed over the

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we spread out, we heard the beautiful sounds of ice: whoops, pings and burps created by us being on the ice, but best heard from a distance. I discovered the following information on the Internet: “Stand too close to the origin of the sound, and all you’ll hear is a simple crack, But if you listen at a distance, the higher tones arrive first, and you hear a downward chirp. That’s because the lake ice acts like a vibrating plate. When you skate over it, the impact launches a bending wave (also called a flexural wave) in the cont’d on page 13...

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Part One

by Alexander Weber

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Panoramic view from Applebee Campground. Left-to-right: Snowpatch Spire, Bugaboo Spire, Crescent Spire, and a small part of Eastpost Spire. Snow-wall used to descend from Kain Route, or access Pigeon Spire, can be seen between Snowpatch and Bugaboo Spire

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have a terrible feeling about this. I am mentally preparing for the worst: tent bound by rain, wind, hail and all manners of terrible weather - for days on end. My hopes have been dashed before; it will not happen again. We are heading into a range in the Purcell Mountains, near Golden, BC, known as the Bugaboos. It will be our second real alpine adventure. We’re not seasoned veterans, but we sure did learn a lot last summer in the Cirque of the Unclimbables (from here on referred to as simple ‘the Cirque’; part of the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories). For instance, we learned how to spend a significant amount of time together in a soggy confined space. We also tried to climb spires that were too complex for our skill level; some of these experiences scared the living daylights out of us. We have more moderate objectives in mind this time around. Although the much sought after Becky-Chouinard route (a 600 meter alpine route in the Bugaboos), similar in commitment and legendary status as the Lotus Flower Tower (a 600 meter alpine route in the Cirque that we failed to climb last summer), tempts us, and looms large in our minds. The Purcell Mountains (and by extension the Bugaboos) are situated in southeastern BC (and tiny parts of Idaho and Montana), which themselves are a subrange

of the Columbia Mountains. These mountains are somewhere between 2,500 and 540 million years old (think pre-complex life). The Bugaboos were not always known by such a funny name: they were originally named the “Nunataks,” which is a Greenlandic Inuit word for ‘a peak protruding from ice.’ But in the late 1800s, surveyors believed there to be - as Mark Twain once wrote - gold in them thar hills. So, people began to flood the area to search for gold. An ill-fated rush occurred. Nothing was found, and the area became known as a Bugaboo - a dead end. Renewed interest came in 1910, this time from climbers and mountaineers. Logging in the 1950s and ’60s left roads, giving greater access to more climbers. These include Fred Beckey and Yvon Chouinard (the latter of whom founded the Patagonia clothing company). Beckey and Chouinard established classic routes all over the world; routes which international climbers still pine for to this day. The aforementioned Beckey-Chouinard route is named after them. It is too bad about the name change, as ‘peaks protruding from ice’ gives a much better description and visual aid then ‘dead end.’ The Bugaboos provide climbers with relatively easy access to one of the greatest alpine playgrounds in the world: fantastic granite spires - some as high

as 3,400 m (about 1,300 m from summit to the ground) - poking through vast glaciers, displaying sublime cracks that ascend sheer vertical walls of majestic beauty. Our plan is to spend a little over a week in The Bugs, as we affectionately call them. As opposed to our last time we were in the alpine, which was a fiasco, we decide to keep our minds open to any and every objective, big and small. We are going to listen to the mountains and our guts: just have fun and learn what we can. As we share our plans with friends, our initial party of two quickly snowballs into a party of eight. It seems everyone wants in on the action; new friends and old come from as far as Ontario and the southern US. After coordinating the best we can, we head out in late July in two waves: five of us arrive early, while the other three are to arrive the next day. Hopes and aspirations are high. The first mountains to come into view, on the bumpy 45 kilometre dirt drive up to the parking lot, are Anniversary Peak and Hound’s Tooth, the latter of which is a rather stunning granite spire, shaped like a canine tooth and surrounded on all sides by glaciated ice. Once in the parking lot, which is full to bursting, we begin safeguarding our cars against porcupine attacks (supposedly they find the rubber brake lines and tires irresistible). There is some-

thing truly bizarre about wrapping your car in chicken wire, held down by rocks and pinned to the car with forearm-sized logs of wood, surrounded by a throng of vehicles similarly dressed. The hike from the parking lot, up to Applebee Campground (where most people pitch their tents), is a deceivingly short fiveand-a-half kilometres, as there is almost 1,000 meters of elevation to gain, generously and densely packed at the end. Knowing what we are up against ahead of time, we strived to pack our bags as lightly as possible, dispensing with whatever we could and dehydrating meals well in advance. Even with all this preparation, the hike still feels like a Herculean effort… but what views! Due to the geographical layout of the valley we ascend, Anniversary Peak and Hound’s Tooth remain in view for most of the way while all other peaks are generally obscured by trees and hills. The hike takes us three hours,

with few breaks, and spits us out onto an incredible plateau of rock, overlooking the valley below on one side, and surrounded by a spectacular cirque of bewildering granite walls on the other. Standing by your tent, starting on your left, all of these peaks are observable: Anniversary Peak, Hound’s Tooth, Marmalot Spire, Snowpatch Spire (named for a charming snowpatch that sits perched on its southeast face), Bugaboo Spire, Crescent Spire and Eastpost Spire. The mind reels. “Hot damn!” I think to myself, and immediately stake out a seven-by-seven foot claim of barerock real-estate. The weather is good. Like, really good. Bluebird skies good. A notice board at the campsite includes weather reports posted by the camp rangers. The predicted forecast looks promising for the whole week. I can not - will not - believe my eyes. The mind continues to reel. cont’d on page 16 ...

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Bugaboo Provincial Park parking lot, showing the hoards of cars covered in protective chicken wire. Anniversary Peak in background generally unheard of weather window we have been offered. Alexander Weber is an insatiable adventurer. Stay tuned to What’s Up Yukon to read about the rest of his Bugaboos trip, and go to www. whatsupyukon.com to see a video of the climb.

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I immediately strike a plan to attempt a relatively large, but modest, climb for the very next day. In terms of alpine climbing, there are basically two difficulty grades that are given: one for the length and seriousness of a route, and one for the difficulty of the technical climbing. Whereas the Lotus Flower Tower in The Cirque is a grade V (generally multi-day except for the elite few), we will attempt the North East Ridge of Bugaboo Spire, a grade IV (serious but can be done in a day), and significantly easier technical climbing. While at first not stoked on the prospect of doing a big committing climb the very next day after an arduous hike, I manage to convince two of my friends to attempt it with me early next morning, citing the incredibly and

Mandy Wong ascending a metal ladder on the hike up to the Bugaboo campground. Bugaboo glacier can be seen spewing its icy vomit between Anniversary Peak on the left and Hound’s Tooth on the right

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played by the Universities of Ottawa and Montreal as well as each of the seven communities that participated in the project. Benkert joined the Northern Climate ExChange – which is part of the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College – in 2010 and took on the coordinator role for the Hazards Mapping project shortly after it had gotten underway. The cartoon mentioned earlier was seen at a conference and sparked the idea of creating a product to provide decision-makers with information on hazards relating to climate change. “We wanted to come up with a solid, user-friendly deliverable,” she says, “for anyone making decisions about land use at the community level.” This means local governments including First Nations and municipalities, and also regulatory regimes like the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Board (YESAB). The group came up with idea of

a map that clearly differentiates areas within a community based on the level of risk of due to projected permafrost melting. They sought and received funding from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (previously INAC) and approached Mayo as the first community in 2010. When this initial project wrapped up in 2011 the team went straight for another round of funding and approached more communities, finishing up with Old Crow earlier this year. In between, maps were completed for Dawson City, Faro, Burwash Landing and Destruction Bay, and Pelly Crossing and Ross River. The main hazard reviewed so far is the melting of permafrost and the regions of the territory covered to date reflect this. Benkert says the Northern Climate ExChange would like to expand to further communities - Whitehorse is in discussion and explains that this would require new team members to encompass expertise on flood, fire and other

hazards related to climate change. She welcomes the opportunity to further expand the capacity of the Northern Climate ExChange, which has already experienced significant growth as a result of the mapping project. “At first we relied a lot more on equipment and technical expertise from our collaborators,” she says. Now they have a permafrost scientist in-house: Louis-Philippe Roy. Roy also lists “collaboration” as a highlight when I ask him about his experience with the project. “We had a really good relationship with the communities, especially Old Crow,” he says. “We can do so much working together and it’s good for both parties.” From a technical perspective, he says the variation in ground conditions over small scales within the communities studied surprised him, which is the reason the reports and maps are designed to be used for high-level decisions and caution cont’d on page 19...

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Slip-Sliding Away ... cont’d that development projects still require detailed site-specific assessment. When I ask Dr. Benkert for something that stands out from her seven years of involvement she gets right back to that inspirational cartoon, that for her it’s really about thinking of creative ways of communicating and making information available to those who can make use of it through a wide variety of formats. To this end the maps and reports are available for download on the Northern Climate ExChange website, and the GIS files are available on request. Even if you aren’t making land use decisions, the reports have a lot of interesting long-term climate data and information on the physiography of the communities that this nerd thinks are really rather cool. If that isn’t your cup of tea, download the comic they produced about their work in Burwash and you’ll certainly get the picture.

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Kim Melton is a writer and naturalist based in the Yukon.

Changing hydrology resulting from climate change could figure into the next set of community hazards maps.

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Community EVENTS ATLIN

Wed, Dec, 14, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Wed, Dec, 21, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre

BEAVER CREEK

Thu, Dec, 15, Mental Health Presentation 2:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club A presentation on Mental Health followed by a question and answer period. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Fri, Dec, 16, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat, Dec, 17, Women’s Yoga 9:00 am Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, Dec, 17, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Dec, 19, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Dec, 20, Women’s Yoga 7:00 pm Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, Dec, 20, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club

CARCROSS

Wed, Dec, 14, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Every Wednesday - CTFN Youth & Elders Learn how to can, dehydrate food, pre cooked meals and much more...At the Old Daycare, Carcross No need to register, just show up! 821-4251 Wed, Dec, 14, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Dec, 14, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Dec, 14, Sewing Group 6:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Dec, 15, Executive Council Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Dec, 15, Create Tlingit Christmas Cards CTFN Capacity Building Create cards, learn Tlingit Christmas phrases, materials supplied but bring an imagination and Christmas spirit. At the main Admin. building in the Governance Boardroom. Thu, Dec, 15, CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Dec, 15, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Thu, Dec, 15, The Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building At the Old Daycare, learn how to sharpen your skills, focus on your life, and figure out how to get on track. Every Thursday with Corinne Carvill, Free, and no need to register. 335-6068 corrinne.carvill@ ctfn.ca Thu, Dec, 15, Sewing Group 6:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Thu, Dec, 15, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Fri, Dec, 16, Archery Lessons for Kids and Adults 7:15 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Kids 7:15 - 8:15; Adults 8:15 - 9:15 at Ghúch Tlà Community School Sat, Dec, 17, Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Every Saturday at the Old Daycare, learn traditional handgames with Martina Smarch 821-4251 Sat, Dec, 17, Christmas Open House 2:30 pm Hope - Carcross Community Church Drop in and enjoy some soup and Christmas goodies! At the Little Log Church - across from the RCMP). Sun, Dec, 18, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviours Church 867-668-3129 Sun, Dec, 18, Montana Mountain Managment Plan - Youth Event 12:00 pm Skookies Camp Help us envision ‘Montana Mountain’s future, the youth perspective is important for everyone involved. Food, Fun, Prizes, and sliding, for more info contact Roberta Wally at 336-1461 Tue, Dec, 20, Management Board 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Dec, 20, Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Dec, 20, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Tue, Dec, 20, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Dec, 20, Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Dec, 20, Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, Dec, 21, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Every Wednesday - CTFN Youth & Elders Learn how to can, dehydrate food, pre cooked meals and much more...At the Old Daycare, Carcross No need to register, just show up! 821-4251 Wed, Dec, 21, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Dec, 21, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Dec, 21, Sewing Group 6:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building

CARMACKS

Mondays-Fridays Kids Club After School Program 3:30 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Ages 5-12, snacks provided Wed, Dec, 14, Judo 5:00 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Participants need to be registered to participate. For more information contact the Rec Centre or Judo coach (867) 863-6271 Carmacks Fri, Dec, 16, Youth Night 6:00 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Movie, snacks, gym, and games Carmacks

Mon, Dec, 19, Village of Carmacks Council Meeting 7:00 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Carmacks

DAWSON CITY

Thu, Nov, 17-18, Art Show: Jacinthe Loranger New Work KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Wed, Dec, 14, Wellness Wednesdays 6:30 pm Alchemy Café If you have health goals you are having a hard time reaching- come to Alchemy Cafe and find out how you can be supported to greater health & wellness. :Everyone welcome! Wed, Dec, 14, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Dec, 15, The SOVA Open House & Student Exhibition 5:00 pm SOVA School of Visual Arts Thu, Dec, 15, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, Dec, 16, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Dec, 16, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Dec, 16, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Dec, 16, Harmonica George McConkey 6:00 pm Westminster Hotel In the Tavern Sat, Dec, 17, Painting 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Sat, Dec, 17, Drop-in Saturday Painting for Adults 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Sat, Dec, 17, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sun, Dec, 18, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Mon, Dec, 19, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Dec, 19, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Dec, 19, DCMH Registration & Gear Rental 1:00 pm Dawson City Arena Come Register for the 2016-2017 Hockey Season. Gear will be available for rent for the season, first come- first served. Tue, Dec, 20, Drop-in Screen Printing 5:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Student quality inks and other materials may be accessed for beginners or those wishing to experiment. KIAC’s screens are available to use, providing they are well maintained Tue, Dec, 20, Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Wed, Dec, 21, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

FARO

Wed, Dec, 14, Parent & Tot Story Time 11:00 am Faro Community Library For Babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Dec, 14, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Fri, Dec, 16, Senior Fitness Class 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Bring water, comfortable shoes, call Lucy at 994-2112 for more details. Fri, Dec, 16, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sun, Dec, 18, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun, Dec, 18, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Wed, Dec, 21, Parent & Tot Story Time 11:00 am Faro Community Library For Babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Dec, 21, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting.

HAINES JUNCTION

Wed, Dec, 14, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed, Dec, 14, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Dec, 15, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu, Dec, 15, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Dec, 15, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Dec, 15, Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Fri, Dec, 16, Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sun, Dec, 18, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867634-2360 Mon, Dec, 19, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Dec, 20, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Dec, 20, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Wed, Dec, 21, CAFN Community Bus to Whitehorse 2:00 pm Champagne And Aishihik First Nation - Haines Junction Office Departs: 10 a.m. from Haines Junction at CAFN admin building, 11 a.m. from Canyon fire hall, 12:15 p.m. from Takhini Subdivision hall. If you require a pick up please notify Shannon at 634-5242. Wed, Dec, 21, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School

MARSH LAKE

Fri, Dec, 16, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Dec, 17, Tot Group 10:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Sun, Dec, 18, Drop in Badminton 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre

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Tue, Dec, 20, North of 60 Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Are you retired? Have some time? Marsh Lake seniors socialize, play cards, have coffee, tea and home made goodies. C’mon down! Tue, Dec, 20, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Dec, 20, Tot Group 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Dec, 20, Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca

MAYO

Wed, Dec, 14, Volleyball 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Thu, Dec, 15, Drop in Kick/Baseball 12:00 pm J.V. Clark School Thu, Dec, 15, Circuit Training 5:30 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre In the Fitness Centre Thu, Dec, 15, Floor Hockey 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Drop In Floor Hockey for Teens and Adults Fri, Dec, 16, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 18, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Mon, Dec, 19, Drop In Soccer 12:00 pm J.V. Clark School Mon, Dec, 19, Yoga 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Meet in the curling lounge. Tue, Dec, 20, Drop In Volleyball 12:00 pm J.V. Clark School Tue, Dec, 20, Circuit Training 5:30 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre In the Fitness Centre Tue, Dec, 20, Drop-In Badminton 7:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Tue, Dec, 20, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus Tue, Dec, 20, Floor Hockey 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Drop In Floor Hockey for Teens and Adults Wed, Dec, 21, Volleyball 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School

MOUNT LORNE

Fri, Dec, 16, Learning Lions - Homeschoolers Get Together 3:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Agnes 667-7083 Fri, Dec, 16, Youth Hockey Night with Henry 7:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Pizza will be provided! Tell your friends Everybody welcome! Just drop in.For more info call 667-7083 Sun, Dec, 18, Sparkling Skate Party Member Appreciation and Open House 4:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Skating to music and as soon as it gets dark we will shut off the lights and go for our great annual skate with extra long sparklers. Also a Special Event for the kids: Nicole Edwards and the Puppet Show Free event - just drop in! For more info call 667-7083

OLD CROW

Thu, Dec, 15, After School Sport Skiing 3:30 pm Old Crow Community Center Thu, Dec, 15, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Fri, Dec, 16, After School Sport Skiing 3:30 pm Old Crow Community Center Fri, Dec, 16, Video Game Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun, Dec, 18, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Lukes Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Dec, 20, Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center

TAGISH

Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Dec, 14, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Dec, 14, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Thu, Dec, 15, Carpet Bowling For Everyone 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Learn the technical indoor game of carpet bowling. Sat, Dec, 17, Zumba Class 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Classes by donation Sat, Dec, 17, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun, Dec, 18, Pancake Breakfast with Sunday Morning Trivia: Tagish 9:30 am Tagish Community Centre Third Sunday of every month. September 20th - Trivia Theme is “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?’ 399-3407 recreation@tagishyukon.org Sun, Dec, 18, Tagish Community Carol Sing 4:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Sing your heart out in this old fashioned caroling event, a Potluck to follow. All are welcome to this free event. Wed, Dec, 21, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Dec, 21, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre Wed, Dec, 21, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, Dec, 21, Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca

TESLIN

Daily Teslin Lake Bird Observatory Teslin Lake Government Campground 15 km north of Teslin. Open at sunrise for 6 Hours. Get up close and personal with a variety of migrating birds while watching the bird banders at work. Park at the large brown cook shelter, follow the adjacent foot trail down to the lake shore and follow the sign-age.

WATSON LAKE

Daily at 12-4pm & 6-8pm Yukon`s Northern Lights Showtimes -Two scheduled shows / day 1pm and 6:30 pm – will show on request

for large groups as well.Northern Lights Center Features the amazing phenomena known as the ‘Northern Lights’ or ‘Aurora borealis’, the Northern Lights Centre boasts state-ofthe-art panoramic video and surround-sound systems. Thu, Dec, 15, Christmas Party and Cookie Swap 10:00 am Watson Lake Family Centre Thu, Dec, 15, Cookie Decorating 10:00 am Watson Lake Family Centre Thu, Dec, 15, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Dec, 15, Kids Running Club 4:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre A club for kids interested in running or jogging, call Meaghan for more details. 536-8020 Thu, Dec, 15, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Thu, Dec, 15, JES Christmas Pageant 7:00 pm Johnson Elementary School Join family and friends this Holiday to watch one of the most anticipated events of the season Sat, Dec, 17, Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 am Andrea’s Hotel Come out for a relaxing time of inspiration, fun, and encouragement. For more information call Ruth Holt 536-7726 or Ruth Wilkinson at 536-4542” Sat, Dec, 17, Skate With Santa 2:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sat, Dec, 17, Community Christmas Dinner 2:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sun, Dec, 18, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Dec, 19, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Dec, 20, Kids Running Club 4:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre A club for kids interested in running or jogging, call Meaghan for more details. 536-8020 Tue, Dec, 20, Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 pm Town of Watson Lake Tue, Dec, 20, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Wed, Dec, 21, Christmas Carolling Wednesday 7:00 pm Wye Lake Park Dress warmly.

HAINES

Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM. No Swim Sundays Mon-Thu Haines Public Library Open 10:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Haines Borough Public Library Hours: Mon-Thu 10-9 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30 | 766-2545 Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays Totem Pole Carving 10:00 am Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre with Master Carver, Jim Heaton Wed, Dec, 14, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Dec, 14, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 14, Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Dec, 14, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Dec, 14, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 14, Homework Help 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Dec, 14, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 14, holly jolly rehearsal 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 14, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Thu, Dec, 15, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Dec, 15, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Dec, 15, holly jolly rehearsal 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Dec, 16, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, Dec, 16, Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri, Dec, 16, Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Dec, 16, Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Dec, 16, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Dec, 16, Homework Help 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Dec, 16, holly j rehearsal 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Dec, 17, Tai Chi 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Dec, 17, Haines Public Library Open 1:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Sat, Dec, 17, Wild Birds of Winter: A Solstice Celebration 3:00 pm American Bald Eagle Foundation Perfect way to complement Audubon’s 117th Christmas Bird Count. There will be crafts, food, and fun! Sat, Dec, 17, Northern Lights Showcase 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Dec, 18, Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Dec, 18, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Dec, 18, Bible Club & Christian Education 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Dec, 18, Haines Public Library Open 1:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Sun, Dec, 18, Holly Jolly Follies 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 19, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, Dec, 19, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 19, Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Dec, 19, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 19, Mother Goose Stories and Songs 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library

Mon, Dec, 19, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 19, Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 19, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Dec, 19, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Dec, 20, Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Tue, Dec, 20, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Tue, Dec, 20, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 21, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Dec, 21, Tai Chi 10:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 21, Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Dec, 21, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Dec, 21, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 21, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Dec, 21, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar

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Ploytida Samanachangphunk moved from Thailand to the Yukon to start a new life in 1993

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loytida 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, and tell her about life in the Yukon. Ploytida became intrigued. “I love my country. Thailand is very beautiful. But I wanted to try something new,” she says. Like her sister, she wanted a different future. They applied for Ploytida to immigrate. Then, like now, Canada assessed a person’s suitability for residency with a point system that takes into consideration language skills, education, work experience, age and where in Canada the applicant will reside, among other things. High value is always placed on moving to areas with lower populations and on good language skills in English or French. In spite of a strong family net-

work to support her in Canada, “I didn’t have enough points, then,” says Ploytida. She would have to wait to join her sister. Then one day, Ploytida learned they had found a Swiss man living in the Yukon who was interested in meeting her. He visited Nan twice before marrying Ploytida and bringing her home in May, 1993. “Whitehorse is similar in size to Nan, and has lovely countryside, but no traffic,” says Ploytida. “And I love the snow. When my husband took me to the cabin that first winter the snow was like diamonds. It was so shiny and beautiful at the cabin.” Her husband helped her integrate. “He made me go talk to people to pay our bills, and challenged me to try to get jobs here and fix my own problems,” she says. Soon they had a son, Albert, born at Whitehorse General Hospital. Slowly, with the encouragement of her husband and sisters, Ploytida built the confidence to manage on her own.

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“But, my reading and writing wasn’t very good, and my sisters encouraged me to take English as a Second Language classes in 2001.” One sister, Toy, even joined her. Part of the course included first aid training, which improved both of their job prospects and language skills. Ploytida admits, “I wouldn’t have considered getting my citizenship before those classes.” But she did, and on October 19, 2001 she became a Canadian. Unfortunately, her marriage did not last, and as a single mother Ploytida was forced to fend for herself. She found work as a custodian at the Yukon College, where, to this day, she has a cheery smile for everyone she meets. “Lots of people helped me in Canada. Now, I have about 300 coworkers.” As she nears retirement, she plans to divide her time between Thailand and the Copper Ridge home she shares with her son, who works for Yukon Energy. Ploytida returns to Thailand often to visit her brother and one sister remaining in Nan. Each year she visits the local schools with treats for the children and stories of a land at the other end of the world, where the weather might be cold but the people are warm.

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