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hat would I say my style is? It depends on what project I’m working on… I liked to say ‘contemporary aboriginal dancer’ for a long time, but that’s pretty broad – there are so many kinds of aboriginal dance and it’s all different… If you were writing a poem, you’d use whatever words and meters you can, whatever you need to get it across… my style is like that, but I’ve never given it name,” says Whitehorse-based dancer Andra Hunter. Hunter has been a fixture in the Yukon dance scene since the ’80s, when “the Whitehorse dance scene was just getting started,” she says. She danced for five seasons with the ever-popular and long-running dance troupe the Frantic Follies before leaving to study dance in Edmonton. Since then she has been involved in performances as Chinook Winds (1996) and Raven’s Tale. “It only lasted one season, but I was really proud of Raven’s Tale. It was a song/dance/storytelling project in the early 2000’s… a lot of people who are well known First Nations performers were in that,” she says. Hunter says she has also done many solo performances, but she loves collaboration. “I love dancing solo, whether it’s my creation or someone else’s – but I like to collaborate too… I like working with a group of people where we can create something greater than the sum of its parts by coming together,” she says. Hunter identifies as First Nations and grew up in and around the Whitehorse-area. She says she likes to say she was, “born and raised in the territory of the Taggis h-Kwan – the people who live at the headwaters of the Yukon River,” as this reflects a more realistic understanding of the way First Nation’s people traditionally lived on the land. “When Native peoples were more nomadic, people used to go

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Whitehorse-based First Nations dancer Andra Hunter works in many styles, including First Nations , contemporary, ballet and belly dancing to different places at different times of the year. T he current divisions (of peoples and land) were assigned by the government,” she says. Hunter has studied multiple dance disciplines, including ballet, modern dance and native dance. She has a diploma in modern dance and choreography and done work at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity , where she “got to work with some movers and shakers,” in the dance scene, she says. “When I was first introduced to (modern) First Nations dance it really piqued my interest. I thought ‘this is mixing everything together, it’s very cool!” she says. Despite being an accomplished dancer, Hunter still loves to learn. In 2008 she started taking belly dancing lessons. “There’s a class here in Whitehorse… I took it and I fell in love with belly dancing, and now I do that, too,” she says. Currently, Hunter is working on a dance/storytelling project about a mother goddess called Navarra, which is based on something she

started two years ago during the 2014 Homegrown shows. The project is still being developed. “Dance is storytelling, but it’s not always accessible – it’s too abstract and people don’t always ‘get’ it… so I wanted to get more involved in theatre… I’ve been interested in creation myths and the divine feminine for a long time and (in this work) Navara decides she wants to make something beautiful, so she makes our world and she makes us… I want to expand on all that… to look at aspects of my First Nations culture… I don’t quite know how it will go.” Hunter is currently involved in the Map of the Land, Map of the Stars project with Gwandaak Theatre, who are “absolutely awesome to work with,” she says. Map of the Land, Map of the Stars has shows planned in Whitehorse in March, but the dates have not yet been confirmed. For more information on this project please visit www.GwaandakTheatre.ca. Lori Garrison is a Yukoner without a cause. She is currently on hiatus in Mayo, Quebec.

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Erik Nielsen Gets a Long Overdue Facelift

What’s up Yukon gets a sneak peek behind the scenes as Renovations at Erik Nielsen International Airport in Whitehorse are underway by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

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ike most people, I only really use the main public areas of the airport and, of course, I love the club sandwiches at Shanthi’s. It turns out the airport is a lot bigger than meets the eye. An inspired team of professionals is working around the clock to keep the sawdust from straying out of the construction zone and into my mayonnaise. Tax dollars well spent! To their credit the construction is taking place quietly and unobtrusively. Airport Manager Robert Manlig, plans to keep it that way. This is my first time in the airport manager’s office at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. I’m here because I want to know more about the renovations that are going on. Based on the working schematics, floor plans and conceptualizations that I’ve been shown, we’re in for a treat. Manlig says he’s excited about the project and looks forward to seeing it through to completion. He’s worked on similar projects before and brings a wealth of experience and a dynamic skillset to the table. The space on the main floor has been reduced slightly for the time being and there are a few construction barriers, but they don’t stop me from getting anywhere that I need to go. Aside from the occasional group of construction workers sitting across from me at Shanthi’s, the relative invisibility

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ers can look out over the airport. He points out that the new transit seating area will feature plugins for laptops and USB ports. Shorter lineups at security can also be expected. “The passenger screening security area will Erik Nielsen International be expanded to allow space for a Airport in Whitehorse second walk through metal detector,” says Stewart. She makes it clear that plans for the gift shop are pending and subject to change. I’m shown a working concept for the new version and Manlig posits vaguely that the general idea is for a more open use of the space. Possibly with an island counter in the middle and PHOTOS: Michael Bramadat-Willcock more transparent walls. Future boarding lounge The washrooms will also be washrooms (main floor). The getting an upgrade. While the second floor mezzanine will improvements are happening the public will be able to use the new be located directly above washrooms. (in the area above the red The new ones will be built with zigzag entrances that elimsteel) and will provide a new inate the need for doors, while comfortable seating area maintaining privacy – making life advantage of previously unused easier for people with functional space,” says Brittanee Stewart, disabilities. The end result will be communications and public re- a more accessible, barrier-free lations analyst with the Yukon experience. The design was drawn up by Government Highways and Public architects at Kobayashi + Zedda Works Corporate Services. The main section under reno- in their signature style. This is vation right now is a walled-off the same company that designed area across from the gift shop on the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre the main floor. The ground floor in Dawson City, the Tlingit Heritarea behind the construction bar- age Centre in Teslin, the John rier and across from the gift shop Tizya Visitor Reception Centre will feature new washrooms with in Old Crow and the Nacho Nyak Dun School & Community Centre improved accessibility. “The area above that will be in Mayo among other projects a new and publicly accessible around the territory. The physical construction at comfortable seating area located the airport is being done by Wildon the second floor mezzanine,” she says. Fortunately for every- stone Group of Companies. The one “the project will not impact project began in January of this or disrupt airport operations.” For year and is scheduled for complethose of us who have seen Steven tion in June. Spielberg’s 2004 film The Terminal Michael Bramadat-Willcock this comes as a relief. is editor at What’s Up Yukon. The concept Manlig shows me He’s a journalist based in for the mezzanine is open and Whitehorse. Lifestory modern looking. It allows for available on request. plenty of natural light and travel-

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Wasting Away in Geezerville with Ken Bolton

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Size isn’t everything. The longest line is not necessarily the slowest slowest. Similarly, bulging carts don’t always take longer to process than those with fewer items. 5. Don’t be too shy to spy. Take a discreet peek at what other shoppers have in their carts. If it’s mostly multiple quantities of standard items, they’ll probably breeze right through. 6. Beware the bulk binners. Even the savviest cashier can have trouble distinguishing Moroccan couscous from South Dakota cream of wheat. Every call for someone to check out an unlabeled bag can stretch your wait-

ing time by an eternity. 7. Honour the organized. Look for shoppers who already have their credit cards in hand before they reach the till, and seem alert enough to remember a four-digit P.I.N. These everyday heroes deserve your respect and gratitude. Let’s do this, folks. Let’s tell the anonymous Mr. Murphy that his Law is not immutable, and we don’t have to obey. Ken Bolton is a freelance writer who lives southeast of Whitehorse.


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A Pioneering Memoir to Keep the Brew True A review of the 2016 book Brewing Revolution by Frank Appleton

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t’s not too soon to say: Canadian craft beer has wrenched the baton of good public opinion from their big commercial counterparts. Happy drinkers with pints or growlers of hoppy ales branded by locally-owned and operated breweries are so commonplace in Western Canada it’s hard to remember the journey from rejected underdog to success is only a few decades old. For Frank Appleton, named one of the fathers of Canada’s craftbrewing movement, this dramatic change has taken place in one lifetime — his. In his new book, Brewing Revolution: Pioneering the Craft Beer Movement Appleton gives an insider’s account of the pioneering efforts that revived our palates and the nation’s

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call would lead craft beer industo a brewpub, try along with it. the Troller Pub From a home in West Vancoubrewer thinking ver and a lifelong of opening up friendship with shop to a savvy its owner, John beer drinker, Mitchell. There, Brewing Revothe two reintrolution is your duced the public guidebook to the to real, high-proworld of local tein, unfiltered Canadian beer, ales and, with and then some. reinvigorated Appleton plays tastebuds, the both historian crusade of craft and knowledgebeer began. able teacher in But qualthis first-hand account of a dy- Brewing Revolution showcases the ity brewing is in no way an easy namic career. Appleton From his demanding work and artisanal pride task, early days in the it takes to craft a quality product reminds us. And with perhaps corn-processing industry and eight years with that same learned dedication, he former commercial beer giant, imparts loads of scientific knowO’Keefe, in the ’60s and ’70s, ledge throughout the pages. “Hop oils have an antisepAppleton became well-acquainted with all the social pressures and tic quality that suppresses beer the adjunct products — corn syr- spoilage bacteria, and thus they up, cornstarch —he’d spend the act as a preservative. These oils rest of his life expelling from the also reduce the surface tension brew. Those fillers plagued the of the wort, giving a more even, Canadian beer market for dec- controlled boil, and the promote ades under the Big Three: Labatt, the precipitation of soluble proMolson and Carling, who banded teins and tannins to insoluble together and monopolized shelf ‘trub,’ which is the name for the space with their “flavourless fizz” solids left in the liquid after the boil.” and “corporate beer”. Phew! A trained microbiologist, Disgusted with the profit-before-quality mindset, Appleton Appleton gets detailed, so be ready left O’Keefe and Big Beer’s mis- to nerd out on some beer terminplaced values. But it wasn’t until ology and brewery know-how. He a fortuitous phone call in the covers everything from how to summer of 1981 that new ideas plan your brewery out (always with really started fermenting. The the brewer in mind) to the array

of treatments that will help reduce microbial contaminants. For anyone who has cultivated a mind for beer this book is an incredibly informative resource. Appleton maintains a conversational tone which keeps the information accessible and interesting to such novelty beer drinkers as myself, but tying up a passionate lifetime of work in one book seems to inevitably lead to some rather verbose passages. Through Appleton’s learned tales of stringent laws, bad business, faulty infrastructure and batches of spoiled beer, Brewing Revolution showcases the demanding work and artisanal pride it takes to craft a quality product. Reading it will help you develop an appreciation – if not a thirst – for a true brew; and, thanks to Appleton and his colleagues, it’s likely you won’t have to go far to enjoy one! 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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Splattering Comedy

The Guild Theatre has extended its run of Evil Dead: The Musical until March 25

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hitehorse, it seems, has such an insatiable appetite for high-camp horror that the Guild Theatre has added another week to its run of Evil Dead: The Musical. The spring break-themed romp comes with a caution: if you intend to sit in the first few rows, be prepared for laundry afterward. You’ll be in what’s called the “splatter zone”. Since its origins as a musical theatre exercise at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the show has become a minor cult classic worldwide, even running continuously on the Las Vegas Strip since June, 2012. “When I got the job at the Guild, it was number one on my list of shows that I wanted to produce and direct,” says the theatre’s artistic director, Brian Fidler.

“I’ve been talking about it with some friends up here for a number of years, and I was just looking for an opportunity to do it.” In 2003, writer George Reinblatt got the go-ahead from filmmaker Sam Raimi for a musicalcomedy treatment of his 1981 horror film, The Evil Dead and its 1987 sequels, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness. “It’s camp all the way. I didn’t want to layer on the cheese too thick, so I had them play it pretty straight, but it’s still super campy,” Fidler says. The story line is the standard horror trope of naïve youth making stupid choices that put them in danger. In this case, it’s five college students on spring break who bust into an abandoned cabin in the woods and discover a supposedly ancient book called The Necro-

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micon, based on horror stories from the 1920s by H.P. Lovecraft. Along with this “book of the dead,” is a tape recording by the cabin’s owner, Professor Raymond Knowby, which unleashes the book’s evil spells. One by one, the students become demonically possessed, and must survive until dawn to be freed. With a roster of 13 pun-filled songs, Evil Dead: The Musical is generally considered a rock musical, although Fidler suggests the range of genres makes it more mock rock. “There’s this super-duper catchy number called “Cabin in the Woods” that sets up the whole show, and there’s another song (whose title is not suitable for a family publication) that’s kind of like a bossa nova.” There’s even a nod or two to the more famous Rocky Horror Show, with one song that’s an homage to Meatloaf’s character, Eddie, and a number called “Do the Necromicon” that riffs on Rocky Horror’s “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again.” And there’s blood. A lot of blood. Especially after Adam Macdougall as the male lead, Ash, chops off his own hand (all the better to hold a chainsaw with, my dear). “Some of the further-back rows might get a little bit of splatter on their glasses, but mostly it’s contained to the front rows of those who really want to get sprayed,” Fidler says.

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After chopping off his own hand, Ash (Adam Macdougall, right) turns into something of a lethal weapon At the dress rehearsal, several students from the Music Arts and Drama program (MAD) occupied the first few rows, wearing white t-shirts and eager for a soaking. “We tried to splatter them to their satisfaction, but I think we learned that we needed to use more blood. So after that I was looking for more places where we could cover people with blood,” he says. “On opening night, there were a couple of people in the front row wearing white hazmat suits, and they were just ready for it.” That first-night crowd also included several people who knew the show well enough to sing along heartily with the performers. “There’s great numbers. People walk out of the theatre humming those songs,” the director says. “There is a lot of harmony work in the show that is not for beginners. We’ve got some pretty heavy hitters in there who are experienced musical theatre people, who are really anchoring the show,” he says. “Then we have a couple of new people who are not as experienced in singing, but they have definitely had the chance to learn from the more experienced cast members

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(such as Fiona Solon). There was a lot of natural talent going into it.” Solon plays Ash’s prudish sister, Cheryl, the first to succumb to the evil spell. She spends most of the play locked in the basement of Donald Watt’s realistic set, popping up regularly to unleash a string of puns, and eat another character live. Others in the cast include Miranda Angel as Ash’s girlfriend, Linda, Kevin Ray as his best friend, Scott, and Krisandra Reid, who plays both ditzy Shelly and Dr. Knowby’s uber-smart daughter, Annie. James Cleary appears as “good old reliable Jake”, while Shahin Mohammidi plays Ed (and a stuffed deer head), and Chris MacFarlane provides the voice of Dr. Knowby. MAD students James Kroken, Loughran Thorson-Looysen and Martina Vos play evil trees, while 13-year-old Hunter Vincent plays Ash’s severed hand, in a turn reminiscent of the Thing from the Addams Family film. Musical direction is by David Sutton, and props were created by the Guild’s general manager, Jen Hamilton. Evil Dead: The Musical runs Wednesday through Saturday until March 25, with a curtain time of 8:00 p.m. sharp. Ken Bolton is a former co-editor of What’s Up Yukon who lives southeast of Whitehorse.

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Fuels such as gas, kerosene, white-gas etc. will rarely fail if used with care and common sense

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t will take a few minutes.” Almost all the time, taking a few minutes to get a fire going is an acceptable part of the outdoor adventure. There are some semi-emergency or worse situations where we need the fire going right now and a few minutes is just too long. Getting warm is an immediate need, for example, if someone is soaking wet from a fall into the water or is hypothermic from a variety of possible situations. Often no other clothing or sleeping bags are readily available so a quickly lit fire is how you do it. Mastering the “one match fire” is a valuable skill to be learned by all, but building a really fast, really big, fire is just as important for those situations where time is of the essence. The fast fire has to be built with what is available and often the supplies nearby are bigger than ideal and often damp or even wet. This is not good, but they are all you have to start with. If others are with you, they can wander around and pick up kindling and small stuff to assist you. Preparation is essential and it’s really quite simple.The first requirement is that you must accept the fact that it can happen

to you. You won’t see a need to prepare if your conclusion is that it cannot happen to you. On the topic of the quick, big fire, preparation includes always having with you some materials that get a fire going very fast. Out on the land these items should be carried at all times and be readily available. They should be in your boat, truck, quad, pack and pocket. Everyone in your party should have some on them. Fuels such as gas, kerosene, white-gas etc. will rarely fail if used with care and common sense. They are usually in bulky containers so aren’t with you unless you are in the boat or back at camp. Various commercial fire-lighters are available and some are excellent while others are not much faster than matches or a BIC lighter. Duct tape, plastic cement, coffee whitener or Cheezies all work acceptably well, with duct tape the best of those. Commercial “fire paste” in a tube similar to toothpaste really works well on tinder, kindling and other wood even if it is damp or even slightly wet. I have always had consistent success with chain-saw chips dampened with kerosene carried in a coffee can or plastic peanut

butter jar. Using a little more than the minimum will get it all going more easily. A jar of this material takes up no space in your boat, truck or quad box. Of course you have to have a dependable source of ignition (the original flame) and this need is easily met with a few BIC lighters in your pocket, pack and survival kit. Matches are pretty dependable, but for a variety of common-sense reasons need to be wooden, strike anywhere type and carried in a waterproof container which has an abrasive patch glued under the screw-off lid. Avoid completely any waterproof or wind-proof matches, as they will only ignite on the special abrasive strip on the package which sounds acceptable except that if the box gets wet or even damp the box just disintegrates when you try to strike the match. Larry Leigh is an avid angler, hunter and all-round outdoors person who prefers to cook what he harvests himself. He is a past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation and retired hunter education coordinator for the Government of Yukon. Please send comments about his articles to wild@whatsupyukon.com.

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Whitehorse EVENTS Until Sun, Apr, 30, Landmark Exhibition Yukon Government Administration Building An exhibition of new acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. Until Sat, Apr, 1, Art Exhibit: Pat Bragg Beyond the Frame Arts Underground Pat was one of 5 artists selected to participate in this innovative project designed to foster creativity in visual, musical and literary artists spending two days in the natural environment of the canyon, sharing their ideas and art with Yukon people and tourists alike. Until Sat, Apr, 1, Art Exhibit: Owen Williams - Towards a Standard Arts Underground The show will be on display in the Edge Gallery from March 3rd-April 1st 2017. Until Thu, Apr, 6, Art Exhibition: Pam van Kampen’s - Person, Picture, Portrait and Donald Stuart’s - Homage. Yukon Arts Centre Pam van Kampen captures Yukoners in their professional environments. Her oil paintings consider how we reflect our work and in turn how our workplaces reveal us. Donald Stuart has used the familiar form of the necklace to explore history from a fresh perspective and will include a Yukon woman to the exhibition.

LIVE MUSIC

Wed, Mar, 15 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Mar, 15 Sing It! A No-Experience Required Singalong Event! 7:30 pm Baked Cafe We will film and post for posterity and collective bragging purposes. All ages welcome. Limited seating, first come, first in! Wed, Mar, 15 Karaoke with DJ Carlo 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Mar, 16 Fiddler On The Loose Joe Loutchan live 7:00 pm 98 Hotel Longest running house band in the Yukon Traditional fiddle music and more - jigging is encouraged and limericks are the norm. Thu, Mar, 16 Jam Night with Scott Maynard 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu, Mar, 16 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, Mar, 16 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. Fri, Mar, 17 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, Mar, 17 St. Paddy’s Day with The Leesiders! 7:30 pm Days Inn Whitehorse Tickets at the front desk of the Days Inn and Westmark or email yukon.east@gmail.com for more information. Fri, Mar, 17 The Honky Tonk Pharaohs 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Fri, Mar, 17 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fri, Mar, 17 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Mar, 18 Jack Straw 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sat, Mar, 18 Marco Claveria Project 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre A versatile and eclectic mix of music with a style and instrumentation that is specifically tailored to a particular event. Sat, Mar, 18 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, Mar, 18 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Sun, Mar, 19 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sun, Mar, 19 The Low Blows 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon, Mar, 20 Ladies Night with DJ Carlo 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, Mar, 21 Patrick Jacobson 5:30 pm Tony’s Pizza Local singer/songwriter performs acoustic versions of his original songs and a variety of covers every Tuesday night. patrick@patrickjacobson. com Tue, Mar, 21 Classical music by Michael Cameron 6:00 pm Earls Restaurant Tue, Mar, 21 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, Mar, 21 Top 40 Dance Tunz with Jon Steel 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon

GENERAL EVENTS

Wed, Mar, 15, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Mar, 15, Les EssentiElles 6:30 pm Yukon Arts Centre An exhibition and a show of variety that celebrate women and their contributions to the richness and vitality of the Yukon Francophonie. Wed, Mar, 15, Camino 101 6:30 pm Hidden Valley School A fun information evening about the Camino de Santiago, the beautiful pilgrimage route across Spain. 335-4512 Wed, Mar, 15, Fly Tying Night 7:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Come out to tie up some signature flies with Steve and Kris. Bring, your tools, thread and a vise if you have them and get ready to spin some lies and create some flies. Wed, Mar, 15, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a capella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 667-7049 Wed, Mar, 15, Evil Dead: The Musical 8:00 pm The Guild Hall Based on Sam Raimi’s 80’s cult classic films, Evil Dead unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at an abandoned cabin, Wed, Mar, 15, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Thu, Mar, 16-17, The Red Couch Tour Whitehorse, Yukon The Red Couch project will create an excellent opportunity to feature stories from the Canadian North and to be heard in the rest of Canada. While giving a testimony from the red couch, every person will be filmed and photographed. Their stories will be collected and broadcast through the social media channels. Thu, Mar, 16, Spring Clean Sidewalk Sale 11:00 am Yukon College The Students and Staff of the Yukon College are holding a Spring sale of gently used items, from sporting goods to jewelry. Come on up the hill for Lunch at the Cafeteria and do some spring shopping! Thu, Mar, 16, National Poverty Reduction Strategy- Potluck 5:00pm Have you got ideas about how the federal government can end poverty? Join the Yukon AntiPoverty Coalition for a meal and a discussion about Canada’s upcoming National Poverty Reduction Strategy. Potluck at 5pm, meeting follows at 5:30. All are welcome! Thu, Mar, 16, Chess Corner 6:30 pm Whitehorse Public Library Chess played upstairs at the Library, beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Thu, Mar, 16, Evil Dead: The Musical 8:00 pm The Guild Hall Based on Sam Raimi’s 80’s cult classic films, Evil Dead unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at an abandoned cabin, Fri, Mar, 17-19 On-Snow Instructor Course Yukon Zone - Canadian Ski Patrol Free Admission Fri, Mar, 17-18, Andrea’s Clothing, Crafts & More Sale Days Inn Whitehorse Clothes, crafts, and home business items -- all sizes!! Friday: 5-8 pm and Saturday: 11-6 pm Fri, Mar, 17, Dusk’a Friday Language Lunches 12:00 pm Duska Head Start and Family Learning Center Bring a bag lunch and come learn Southern Tutchone with our special guest speakers. Call Erin Pauls for more information 633-7816. All Kwanlin citizens and staff are welcome! Sat, Mar, 18, Learn German 10:00 am Alpine Bakery Learn German in a fun way with Renate - beginner to intermediate. No charge. Info 334-6948 Sat, Mar, 18, Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 am The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat, Mar, 18, Paint Party with Maya 5:30 pm Mount MacIntyre Recreation Centre Email paintpartyyukon@outlook.com for more information on how to register.

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Tue, Mar, 21 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, Mar, 22 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, Mar, 22 Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon

Sat, Mar, 18, Burning Away the Winter Blues 8:30 pm S.S.Klondike Starting from the SS Klondike we walk down to Robert Service Campground, where a giant Woolly Mammoth winter effigy will be burned in a big bonfire. Bring a piece of paper with your winter blues written on it to burn along with the winter effigy. Sun, Mar, 19, Japanese Conversation Classes Whitehorse, Yukon Email Fumi Torigai the Instructor at jcayukon@gmail. com for more info. Fumi Torigai, Instructor. 393-2588 Sun, Mar, 19, Whitehorse Scrabble Club 1:00 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Are you a wordy person, put your words to the test and join the Scrabble Club. Must be 19+ Sun, Mar, 19, Seed-Starting 101 with Ingrid Wilcox 1:00 pm Whitehorse Public Library Learn how to start your own plants from seed. Especially tailored to Yukon growing conditions. No registration required. Seating is limited. Free. Library meeting room, Call 667-5239 for more information. Sun, Mar, 19, Ceramics Open Studio 2:30 pm Arts Underground Non-instructed open studio. Participants are welcome to use the studio’s tools and equipment; clay and some tools are available for purchase. Every Sunday except long weekends. $5/hour. Mon, Mar, 20-21, The Red Couch Tour Whitehorse, Yukon The Red Couch project will create an excellent opportunity to feature stories from the Canadian North and to be heard in the rest of Canada. While giving a testimony from the red couch, every person will be filmed and photographed. Their stories will be collected and broadcast through the social media channels. Mon, Mar, 20, Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 am Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888668-6280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon, Mar, 20, Al Cushing: Retirement Celebration 4:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Join us in a free, public celebration for Al’s next chapter, and in saying thanks for his commitment to the art.Light refreshments, and drinks will be available as we share tales of Al’s very colourful career. Mon, Mar, 20, Gluten-Free Italian Class 6:00 pm Yukon Prime Time Menu; Tuscan chicken, veggie lasagna, another veggie dish and a fabulous dessert. Must call to register 334-3912 Classes fill up quickly. Mon, Mar, 20, GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 pm Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com Mon, Mar, 20, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Wed, Mar, 22, LIVE Supreme Court Viewing in Whitehorse 6:00 am Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Gather with others to watch the live broadcast of the Peel Watershed hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Visit the Peel Retrospective exhibit, a display of images, objects and moments from the long campaign to protect the Peel. Wed, Mar, 22, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed, Mar, 22, Chamber Choir Rehearsal 7:45 pm Vanier Catholic Secondary Spring 2017 session for this auditioned a cappella choir for mixed voices, call, or email to schedule an audition or for more information. 667-7049 Wed, Mar, 22, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room

KIDS & FAMILIES

Mondays - Friday Family Free Play Dropin 12:30pm Saturdays 10-2pm. Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This drop-in includes reading time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome.. Until, Mar, 19, Kids Yoga 10:00 am Long Lean Mean Fitness 689-1279 This yoga program complements both their school and sports programs by offering a noncompetitive, guided activity for building essential skills. Register online Wed, Mar, 15, Girls Group 5:00 pm Heart Of Riverdale Dinner at 6 with Jess Stone Bus tickets are available. Come by and share your ideas and we’ll put them into action!

Fri, Mar, 17, Pre-School Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 18 months to 6 yrs, parent must accompany child. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Fri, Mar, 17, 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. Sat, Mar, 18, 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, Mar, 18, Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:30 am MacBride Museum 867-667-2709, ext.3 parents and children explore the animal gallery together. Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. Sun, Mar, 19, Modern Masters 2017 Release Draft 12:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles Come do battle with some of Modern’s most powerful cards. Mon, Mar, 20, Pre-School Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 18 months to 6 yrs, parent must accompany child. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Mon, Mar, 20, Youth Open Mic 7:00 pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Share writing, poetry, or songs in a fun safe environments. Tea and snacks available. Tue, Mar, 21, 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. Tue, Mar, 21, MOBA Night 4:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles Tuesday night will now be MOBA (Multiplayer online Battle Arena) night. League, DOTA, or HOTs, doesn’t matter. We will be starting with just drop in play and then with enough interest get tournaments going. Tue, Mar, 21, Hip Hop Workshops 5:00 pm Splintered Craft Learn how to produce hip hop, scratch a record, beatbox, freestyle, try out styles of beats. Cypers, jams and production training.

MEETINGS & WORKSHOPS Wed, Mar, 15, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Wed, Mar, 15, Potluck AGM 7:00 pm Yukon Conservation Society In addition to the usual AGM business, we’ll be doing a presentation about where the Potluck Food Co-op is at now and head into a discussion about where we might go from here. Thu, Mar, 16, Investment Opportunities for Non-Profit Organizations 10:00 am Association franco-yukonnaise With Volunteer Trainer Davy Joly, Investors Group closer to date. Email or call for more information. 456-4304 Thu, Mar, 16, 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, Mar, 16, 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, Mar, 16, Monthly Coalition Meeting 5:00 pm CYO Hall Monthly Coalition (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition) meetings are held every third Thursday. Everyone is welcome! Thu, Mar, 16, 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. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Sat, Mar, 18, 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, Mar, 18, ACLC - Annual General Meeting 1:00 pm Whitehorse, Yukon A recap of the previous year, current activities and future plans for the organization in support of the Territory’s only Army Cadet Corps, RCACC #2685, The Yukon Regiment. For more information, please contact G.A. (Sandy) Watson, at 334-7171. Sat, Mar, 18, 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 Tue, Mar, 21, 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. Tue, Mar, 21, Busy 7:00 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace Tue, Mar, 21, YuKonstruct Open House 7:00 pm YuKonstruct Makerspace Wed, Mar, 22, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com

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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 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. 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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Les femmes, unies, jamais ne seront vaincues! Women, united, will never be defeated!

Par/by Élaine Michaud

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Élaine Michaud, taken in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac / Photo prise à Saint-Joseph-du-Lac

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l y a près d’un an, j’ai quitté le Québec pour m’établir au Yukon. À la recherche de nouveaux défis, j’ai pris les rênes des EssentiElles, un groupe de défense des droits des femmes francophones du territoire. Bien que je me sois toujours considérée comme une citoyenne engagée et progressiste, cette expérience de militantisme est une première pour moi. Auparavant, mon engagement citoyen était plutôt politique, étant une militante de longue date dans le milieu de la politique fédérale. Dans ma province natale, en tant que francophone catholique de race blanche, je faisais partie de la communauté majoritaire, les « pure laine ». Je n’ai jamais eu à me battre pour faire reconnaître des droits ni recevoir des services dans ma langue, le français étant au cœur de l’identité collective québécoise. Au Yukon, les choses sont bien différentes. Au-delà de la défense des idéaux féministes chers à mon organisation, je dois aussi lutter pour la reconnaissance des droits des femmes francophones et la prestation de services en français, chose que je prenais autrefois pour acquise. Lorsque je suis devenue députée fédérale, j’y ai vu une op-

portunité privilégiée de pouvoir apporter du changement positif dans notre société. En tant que personnalité publique, je pouvais être une voix forte pour défendre les intérêts des groupes sociaux les plus marginalisés. En tant que francophone, j’ai aussi pu affirmer une partie importante de mon identité en luttant pour les droits des francophones de partout au pays. À Ottawa, j’ai vite constaté que, bien que mes droits linguistiques bénéficient d’une certaine protection légale, le respect de ces droits n’allait pas nécessairement de soi. Devant chaque omission, devant chaque imposition, j’ai appris l’importance de prendre ma place et de dénoncer. J’ai appris la valeur de chaque petit gain, mais aussi la frustration et le sentiment d’être invisible. Ces apprentissages souvent difficiles prennent aujourd’hui tout leur sens dans le climat politique actuel. Mes propres expériences face à la discrimination en tant que francophone m’ont convaincue de poursuivre la lutte contre les injustices, ainsi que de l’importance de la solidarité dans cette lutte. Face à la montée du racisme et de l’islamophobie au pays, face à l’ampleur croissante de la

xénophobie, de l’homophobie, de la transphobie et de la misogynie dans le discours public, je ne peux rester silencieuse. Ma voix doit s’élever de concert avec mes consoeurs de tous les horizons sociaux, politiques et culturels pour dénoncer la peur et l’intolérance. Les femmes, unies, jamais ne seront vaincues! Je suis une francophone ayant grandi au Québec. Je me suis installée au Yukon en mai dernier afin de prendre les rênes des EssentiElles, un groupe de défense des droits des femmes francophones du territoire. J’ai longuement été impliquée en politique, implication qui se poursuit toujours aujourd’hui. En 2011, j’ai été élue à la Chambre des communes en tant que députée fédérale de Portneuf--JacquesCartier. J’étais membre de l’Opposition officielle jusqu’en octobre 2015.

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lmost a year ago I left Québec to settle in the Yukon. I became the executive

director for Les EssentiElles, an organization defending the interests of French-speaking women in the Yukon. Even though I had always considered myself a progressive and an engaged citizen being an activist is a new experience for me. Through my work I fight for women’s rights as well as the linguistic rights of French-speaking women across the territory. Living in Québec I often took these rights for granted as I never had to work to have that important part of my identity recognized. When I became a Member of Parliament I wanted to use that privilege to bring positive change to our society. As a public figure I had the opportunity to be a strong voice for marginalized communities. As a francophone I was able to celebrate my culture and my language by defending the rights of Frenchspeakers across this country. On the Hill I realized that even though Canadian law protects linguistic rights. Those protections are insufficient. Everyday I had to defend my rights as a Frenchspeaker. Through my work I learned the true value of every gain but also the frustration that comes

with feeling invisible. In today’s political climate what I have learned through my experiences with discrimination take a completely new meaning. With the rise of racism and islamophobia across the country, with xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny taking more and more space in public discourse, I cannot be silent. I must stand in solidarity with my sisters from all social, political and cultural backgrounds to work together against fear and intolerance. Women, united, will never be defeated! I am a French-speaker, born and raised in Québec. I moved to the Yukon last May and I work as executive director at EssentiElles, an organization defending the interests of French-speaking women in the Yukon. I was involved in politics for many years. In 2011 I was elected to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Portneuf—Jacques-Cartier. I sat as a member of the Official Opposition until October 2015.

This story is the second of a four part series coordinated by the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, the Yukon Status of Women Council, Les EssentiElles, and the Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society to celebrate International Women’s day and the International day for the Elimination of Racism. Cette histoire est la deuxième d’une série en quatre parties coordonnée par le Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, Yukon Status of Women Council, Les EssentiElles et Yukon Women’s Transition Home Society pour célébrer la Journée internationale des femmes et la Journée internationale pour l’élimination du racisme.

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ometimes, you just need cake. I’ve baked this from scratch before, but this is the one time I’m going to advocate boxed over homemade: when you’re deep in the backcountry it’s just too much fuss to pack in all the things you need to make a decent cake. The last time I made this, I was morel picking between Liard River, B.C. and Barney Lake, in the Yukon Territory, with fellow adventurers/friends “Long” John Sutherland and Joslyn “Butch” Kilborn. It was Long John’s birthday and one of our friends back in main camp thought of him and sent us up everything we needed to make the cake by river boat.

Ingredients:

1 boxed cake mix

1 can of frosting 2 tsp baking powder 1 egg 1 can of beer

Directions:

• Start by making a good, hot fire; put some big wood on there, because you’re going to want lots of coals. When it’s good and roaring, let it burn down. • In a bowl, mix the egg, cake mix and beer together* vigorously until there are no lumps and the batter is thick and smooth. When the coals are ready – when they are glowing and thick, that is – add the baking powder to the batter** and whisk thoroughly. • Pour the batter into a wellgreased pair of cast iron skillets, cake pans, or other fire-proof,

heat-tolerant vessel. A dutch oven works the best, but other substitutes produce similar results. • Cover with lid or triple wrap with tin foil. Very carefully, with a shovel, dig out a hole in the coals. Don’t dig down to the dirt, but lay the cake in the fire pit so that it has coals below and all around it, like an egg in a nest. • Using the shovel, cover with coals. Resist the urge to add more wood – it will just scorch the outside. • Leave for 25-30 minutes. Uncover the cake with the shovel (carefully) and check with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, the cake is ready – it comes out wet and sticky with batter, put it back and cover it with coals for another 10 minutes. Maintaining an exact temperature is difficult with campfire cooking, so cooking times may vary. • When cake is finished remove (carefully!) from the coals, take off lid or tin foil, and let cool before attempting to remove from vessel. • Turn the cooled cake(s) over onto a plate and inspect. If there are any places that have been burned (sometimes that happens, don’t sweat it) carefully cut/ scrape off with a knife. • Cover with delicious, delicious icing. Eat immediately, as cake is highly perishable in these conditions (as well as very attractive to bears and difficult to store safely. *if you have milk or water, you can use it, but beer works very well and is non-perishable. ** if you don’t have baking powder, don’t worry about it – it just gives the cake a little extra boost in these uncertain conditions and helps stabilize the rise, especially if the cake mix is old. Lori Garrison is a Yukoner without a cause. She is currently on hiatus in Mayo, Quebec.

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Looking Back on 40 Years of Team Spirit

The Outlaws celebrate a goal against the Selkirk Bears in the 2013 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament

The Kilrich Building Centre’s iconic Yukon Native Hockey Tournament celebrates its anniversary with a focus on building community through sport

There was intense hockey action at the Takhini Arena from the very beginning of the 2013 Yukon Native Hockey Tournament

This year the original Nannock Warriors are transitioning to the Old Timer’s league

The importance of community comes up with every generation of players

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n the fall of 1975 when Joe Jack was around 24 years old he and a group of friends thought it would be a good idea to start a First Nations hockey team that would include people from all the communities in the Yukon. He and his friends were avid hockey players. “We called ourselves The Weekend Warriors because we became warriors on the weekends,” says Jack. Jack and the others wanted to start something positive that would help people come together during the long winter season. “The idea was to get people in the communities outdoors so that they could stay happy and in a good space during the winter. Bringing people together in a spirit of fun and camaraderie was the real goal,” says Jack. “The whole intention of why I started was to use hockey as a way to address these issues in Yukon communities.” The first thing that Jack needed was money for a bus so that he could travel around the Yukon shuttling players to and from the games. In 1975 Phil Fontaine had an office on the fourth floor of what’s now the Elijah Smith Building where he worked as a Regional Director General with the Federal Government. “Phil agreed to put up 5,000 dollars for a bus on one condition: that he get to be on the team,” says Jack. Little did Jack know that almost half a century later this inspired idea would have grown into what it is today. Their first road trip in 1975 was to Dawson City. They played in

the old arena. Jack speaks fondly of the event that he helped make happen. He has especially fond memories of the first tournament that they played in the spring of 1977 in Whitehorse. “Elijah Smith was coaching, but he quit during the first period,” says Jack with a laugh. Elijah Smith, Mike Smith, Dave Joe and Harry Allen among others played in the first tournaments. The first six teams were Burwash Landing, Carmacks, Dawson City, Fort Nelson, Ross River and Whitehorse. Jack remembers playing the miners in Elsa in 1976. “They were yelling and cussing at us and we cussed right back,” he laughs. The first games were rough by today’s standards. During one of the games Jack remembers, “four or five players had to be sent to the hospital but we just kept on playing.” One of the players was wearing work gloves as hockey gloves, “people took what they had and made it work. It was a lot of fun.” Randy Merkel has been a player with the Nannock Warriors for a while now. “The year it went big was the year the Takhini Arena opened (1984). Organizers ran with it and made it a really big event,” he says. Getting involved was a natural step for Merkel, because he’s a big fan of the game, “I just loved hockey. Also, the social aspect. I really loved that. Elders would come and they were like kids in a candy store, seeing all the people who they haven’t seeing in a long

time,” he says. Merkel also enjoys the competitive side of the sport and says that team spirit – their passion for the game – makes the Kilrich Building Centre’s Native Hockey Tournament stand out. “First Nations people have always really supported hockey. It’s become the biggest event for the communities, we always fought and competed hard.” Merkel points out that the tournament has become a cornerstone event in the Yukon. “Everyone looks forward to it. People enjoy it both young and old. It does a tremendous service to the community of Whitehorse as well and gives a much-needed boost to the economy and local businesses at a time of the year when they need it.” This year the original Nannock Warriors are transitioning to the Old Timer’s League. The 40-year milestone includes a reunion of past players, organizers and presidents. Merkel is looking forward to seeing everyone. “I’m excited to see all the boys get back together in the locker room,” he says. “As coach for many years, I can say that we really gave everyone a run for their money.” The event has grown over the years. Merkel says it still retains much of the spirit that he loves, “It’s just a lot of fun. The (First Nation) bands and the fans are fantastic! I tip my hat to the organizers who have kept it going all this time.” It’s going to be a high-energy, action-packed tournament this year, as the event’s popularity

continues to grow. “Registration for this year filled up in the first few days” says Michelle DawsonBeattie, current president of the Yukon Indian Hockey Association. “My mom used to volunteer at the tournament when I was very young so I was always brought along to help or watch my older brother and other family members play.” She’s seen firsthand the positive impact that sports can have on people, “I’ve always loved the game of hockey and have played my fair share of sports but now days I realize how sport and recreation can assist someone’s life by teaching them valuable lessons such as teamwork, leadership skills, goal setting, conflict resolution and most of all it encourages a healthy active lifestyle.” Today the Kilrich Building Centre’s Yukon Native Hockey Tournament brings in people from all over the Yukon and northern Canada, “It’s amazing to see where all the players travel from just to take part in our tournament.” She says that along with the anniversary the theme this year is passing the torch as the Nannock Warriors move into the Old Timers slot. New blood isn’t hard to come by, “I love seeing the pride in the younger players faces when they get to play in front of their peers, family and the larger Yukon community. For some of them this is the biggest stage they will play on.” There’s so much interest that Dawson-Beattie and the event organizers are considering adding another two days to the tournament in order to open it up to more

teams and bring in more communities, “maybe eventually having a women’s division so that we can showcase what amazing talent our young First Nation ladies have to offer.” The importance of community comes up with every generation of players. “This is the biggest event of its kind north of 60,” says Dawson-Beattie. “Each player brings three to five people with them when they come to Whitehorse for the tournament.” The tournament includes four adult divisions and two youth divisions. The Youth division ranges from 10 to 13 years old; Jamboree are from 14 to 17 years old. Followed by A, B and C divisions for adults 18 and up. The Old Timers division is 40 and up. “My favourite part is watching the A division games, we have some really high caliber hockey players here in the Yukon and to see them battling it out for a year’s worth of bragging rights is a great sight to see,” says Dawson Beattie. The Kilrich Building Centre’s Yukon Native Hockey Tournament runs March 17th, 18th and 19th at the Takhini Arena. “Bring drums, or any sort of noise makers! Along with your favorite team and First Nation swag.” For more information visit the Yukon Indian Hockey Association website at www. yiha.ca. Michael Bramadat-Willcock is editor at What’s Up Yukon. He’s a journalist based in Whitehorse. Lifestory available on request.

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From the Arts with Nicole Bauberger

Artistic Announcements in Beads and Bells PHOTOS: Mary Holozubiec

New, hand-sewn dogsled blankets inspired by tradition are on display at the KDCC

Two dogs from Mandy and Armin Johnson’s celebration team keen to lead off the Yukon Quest, wearing blankets created by Deb Enoch (front) and Pauline Livingstone (rear)

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ack in the day, when a team of dogs came into a camp or trading post, you would hear them coming. Just outside the camp, people would put belled and beaded blankets on their dogs. They would make a beautiful announcement of the team’s arrival – something between performance and visual art. And more than that, the beadwork would tell you where the

Two more dogs from Mandy and Armin Johnson’s celebration team, whose blanket designs span the Yukon: Florence Moses’ Gwich’ininspired patterns in the front, and Karen Lepine’s Tlingit-inspired design in the back

person was from. You could see in the beading patterns his or her family’s artistic tradition. You can see this again on display in the lobby of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. As I toured the exhibit of 10 beaded blankets with Whitehorse-based beading artist and community organizer Florence Moses, her first comment on each one was where it came from.

Moses, a citizen of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun had heard about these dog blankets in stories from her elders. She tried to find examples so as to create new ones herself and with others in the context of the sewing circle. Moses organizes a sewing circle that takes place at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre on the second and fourth Tuesdays in the fall and winter.

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Velma Olsen’s embroidered and beaded pink flowers catch the light behind Elizabeth Moses’ richly beaded orange flowers on red velveteen. The dogs are from Mandy and Armin Johnson’s team

But even the Yukon Permanent Art Collection didn’t have one she could look at. Knowledge of how to make this kind of artwork seemed to be getting lost. Fortunately, Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre’s Cultural Programs and Heritage Coordinator Krista Reid found one to borrow from the collection of the Old Log Church Museum. Bringing these art objects back into use makes this a legacy project for Moses. Moses found nine other women to take on creating a dog blanket. The sewing group started up again in September, and they cut the materials out in October. She was happy she had such a good team of committed artists working with her. Each blanket takes many hours to design, bead and complete. They worked hard to meet the time frame: to have the blankets ready for the Yukon Quest. After they decided to make the blankets, Moses brought Yukon Quest on board. Travelling by dogsled is “a part of who we are, where we come from. We should have representation somewhere.” The Yukon Quest was a natural fit. Yukon Quest organizers loved the idea from the beginning. They organized a “celebration team” who would start off with the racers, wearing the blankets, but not run the race. They haven’t had a celebration team since 1999, so it was a return to older ways for the Quest, as well. Moses sees this project as incorporating many “little acts toward reconciliation that will make everybody appreciate each other for who they are and what they do.” Shirley Adamson (Tagish, Tlingit and an Elder of the Tagish Kwaan) has included lines in her design that show the route and checkpoints of the Yukon Quest, its elevation, and the Alaska/ Yukon border. Ann Tayler (Anishinaabe) uses vines, buds and heart forms inside her four-petalled flowers, a design that to Moses’ eye announces an origin east of Winnipeg. Nyla Klugie-Migwans (Tlicho and Northern Tutchone, member of the Selkirk First Nation and Tlicho Nation of NWT) beads more four-petalled flowers, intertwined

ric rac ribbon, and ribbons like those used on ribbon shirts. Deb Enoch (Northern Tutchone, Upper Tanana and a member of the White River First Nation), uses Yukon Territory crests, fireweed imagery, and three-dimensional flowers. The use of the crest reminds Moses of how many grandmothers supported their families with beading when the Alaska Highway came through; this kind of imagery sold well at that time. Elizabeth Moses (Tetlit Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone, and member of the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun) beaded orange flowers on red velveteen. Her gold beads form the big dipper pointing to the north star. Pauline Livingstone (Métis, of the Métis Nation) used big bold flowers that clearly announce her Métis heritage to Moses’ eye. Velma Olsen (Northern Tutchone, Hän, Gwich’in and a member of the First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun) embroidered and beaded onto pink felt to make raised flowers. Diane Olsen (Northern Tutchone, Gwich’in, Han Hwech’in, member of First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun) also combines embroidery with beadwork in an innovative way. Karen Lepine (Hän, Inland Tlingit), cut her fringe in two layers, black over white. Her use of colour and melton cloth communicate her Tlingit heritage, as does her dogwood flower pattern. And finally Florence Moses (Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone, Hän) says you can really see her Gwich’in heritage in her detailed design. Each artist drew on her personal creativity and heritage to make a widely diverse group of blankets. You can see these artworks in the lobby of the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre at least until the end of the first week of April. You can also buy calendars with images of the blankets for $20. For every one that is sold, one will be donated to an elder in continuing care, to honour their stories, that inspired this project. Nicole Bauberger is a painter, writer and performer living in Whitehorse.


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Fun and Games After School

The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre hosts after school programs at Jack Hulland and Elijah Smith Elementary Schools by Nellie Dale PHOTOS: Nellie Dale

Kids do yoga during the after school program hosted by the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and taking place at the Jack Hulland Elementary School

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Jack Hulland Elementary School student Darwin Murray does a yoga pose during the after school program hosted by the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre

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ccording to Darwin Murray, after sitting in a desk all day, it is fun to get up and run, play games and meet new people before heading home from school. Tuesday after school, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., an enthusiastic group of children from Grades 4 and 5 participate in a Skookum Jim Friendship Centre program that takes place at the Jack Hulland Elementary School. Dodge ball seemed to be the favourite activity when I stopped by to see the program in action. But yoga, soccer and floor hockey are also sports on the agenda. There are usually about 12 participants. I was impressed with the yoga session – the children focused and tried various poses under the direction of Codi Ingram. I am betting that the other sports they participate in, such as hockey or squash, will benefit from the focus, balance practice

and self discipline of yoga. David Dugas, recreation director at Skookum Jim Friendship Centre is accompanied by Codi Ingram and Nicole Grossinger to keep the children focused and participating. Nicole is a student in Grade 11 at the Whitehorse Individual Learning Centre. She has lots of babysitting experience and enjoys working with the children. The objective of the program is to provide a safe and positive environment for participants. The physical activities are designed to foster friendship and teamwork. Skookum Jim Friendship Cen tre is a non-profit organization with a building in downtown Whitehorse. In addition to downtown programs, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre has reached out to the community involving children and youth in healthy lifestyle activities in two Whitehorse elementary schools. In addition to the After School Program at Jack

Hulland, there is a similar program at Elijah Smith Elementary School on Wednesdays. The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre also runs a ski program at Mount Sima. The Recreation Department also runs a Mount Sima Program that is free for for youth 12 to 18 on Sundays. The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre vision is to better the spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well being of First Nations People. Programs foster friendship and understanding between peoples. The After School Program is planned again for the 2017-2018 school year. If your child attends Jack Hulland Elementary School and wants to have fun after school check back in September for program details. Nellie Dale is an artist and writer living in the northern boreal forest.

Skookum Friendship Centre leaders Codi Ingram, left, and David Dugas, coach students Gavin McKenna, Christopher Baez Hasson and Darwin Murray in a game of dodge ball during the after school program at Jack Hulland School

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Klondike Institute of Art and Culture Dawson City, YT March 9 - April 8

CAITLIN THOMPSON DANDY LINES Embroidery and mixed media March 24

MARC ATKINSON TRIO

Marc Atkinson is one of Canada’s finest JUNOnominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. http://www.marcatkinson.com/ March 25th

DCISFF MOVIE NIGHT AT GERTIES Dog Films by Local Filmmakers! 9pm. Admission by Donation

MAKE A SHORT FILM ADVERTISING THE FILM FESTIVAL!

Deadline March 27th. Win $150 cash and a free pass! More info: http://dawsonfilmfest.com/psa.html

CONFLUENCE AT THE SOVA GALLERY

Call for Submissions Confluence at the SOVA Gallery is a DIY community exhibition series offering a space for KIAC members to exhibit their artwork throughout the summer months. Deadline to apply: April 7 For more info: www.kiac.ca/coursesandoutreach

Tel: (867) 993-5005 Fax: (867) 993-5838 Website: www.kiac.ca

FOCUS GALLERY

Exhibi� ons PAT BRAGG:

>> in the Yukon Art Gallery: BEYOND THESociety FRAME On until April 1st THE SEVEN TEXTILE ARTISTS “How Does it Felt” Exhibi�onEDGE closes GALLERY December 1st, 2012 OWEN WILLIAMS: >> inTOWARDS the HougenAHeritage Gallery: STANDARD On untilARCHIVES April 1st YUKON

Archival Gold: Favourites from the Vault CLASSES Exhibi�on closes January 26, 2013 THE ART OF BOOKBINDING WITH KIM HENKEL

1, 12pm-5pm OpenApril Studio Sessions and April 2, 10am-1pm

>> Ceramic Open Studio Sessions << Cost: $125 + GST (supplies Sundays fromincluded) 2:30 to 6pm $5SCULPTURE per hour CLAY WITHPain� SANDRA STOREY >> Acrylic ng Open Studio << April 1 and 2, 10am-4pm with NeilfiGraham Surface nishing 6-8pm everyThursday first and April third13, Wednesday of $225 + GST each month 7 to 9pm (clay, oxides and firing included) $10 per 2 hour session

EXPLORATIONS IN ENCAUSTICS To register call: BAUBERGER 867-667-4080 WITH NICOLE

Email: recep�April on@artsunderground.ca Saturday 8-9, 10am-3pm

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Community EVENTS ATLIN Wed, Mar, 15, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Wed, Mar, 22, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre

BEAVER CREEK Fri, Mar, 17, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat, Mar, 18, Women’s Yoga 9:00 am Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, Mar, 18, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, Mar, 20, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, Mar, 21, Women’s Yoga 7:00 pm Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, Mar, 21, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club

CARCROSS Wed, Mar, 15, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Mar, 15, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Mar, 15, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Mar, 15, Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Wed, Mar, 15, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Mar, 15, Fawn Fritzen 7:00 pm Carcross Community Centre Thu, Mar, 16, CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Mar, 16, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Thu, Mar, 16, Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, Mar, 16, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, Mar, 18, Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sat, Mar, 18, Youth Drop In 8:00 pm Carcross Community Centre Sun, Mar, 19, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon, Mar, 20, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, Mar, 20, AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Mar, 21, Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Mar, 21, Pottery with Claudia MacPhee 3:30 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Every Tuesday and Thursday, please enter by side door. Everyone welcome! no fee for community members 8673993321 Tue, Mar, 21, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue, Mar, 21, Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Mar, 21, Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, Mar, 21, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, Mar, 21, Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251

Wed, Mar, 22, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, Mar, 22, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, Mar, 22, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, Mar, 22, Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Wed, Mar, 22, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building

CARMACKS Mondays-Fridays Kids Club After School Program 3:30 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre Ages 5-12, snacks provided Tue, Mar, 21, Village of Carmacks Council Meeting 7:00 pm Carmacks Recreation Centre

DAWSON CITY Thu, Mar, 9-April, 8, Art Exhibition: Dandy Lines KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Artist Caitlin Thompson shows an exhibition of cosmic country embroidery referencing Western fashion through the cyclical, transformative theories of craftwork and animation Wed, Mar, 15, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, Mar, 16, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, Mar, 17, Thaw Di Gras Spring Carnival Diamond Tooth Gerties A true community event; we come alive and host a variety of games, from the serious, to ridiculous, to simply outrageous. Most events are free, and take place at various venues around the community. Fri, Mar, 17, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Mar, 17, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, Mar, 17, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, Mar, 17, Harmonica George McConkey 6:00 pm Westminster Hotel In the Tavern Fri, Mar, 17, Thaw-Di-Gras Lip Sync Competition 7:00 pm Diamond Tooth Gerties Dawsonites take the stage and perform their favourite jams in full costume in front of half the town. Win cash prizes, (19+ event) To register 993-5584 or e-mail info@dcmf.com for more information. Sat, Mar, 18, Craft Fair 12:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture If you are interested in renting a table call KIAC at 993-5005 to reserve. We are limited to twenty tables. Sat, Mar, 18, Dawson Fur Show 12:00 pm Robert Service School Door prizes, being drawn every 15 mins through out the day. We will have skining work shops, trap setting compition, kids corner, crafters from across the Yukon, and all day fur viewing. Sat, Mar, 18, 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, Mar, 18, Drop-in 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. Call 993-5005 for more information. Sat, Mar, 18, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat, Mar, 18, 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

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experiment. Call 993-5005 for more information. Sun, Mar, 19, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Mon, Mar, 20, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, Mar, 20, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue, Mar, 21, Beginner Piano for Kids and Adults with Barnacle Bob 3:30 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Learn to play by ear (improv) all instruments. Piano based lessons for all ages and all styles.*Half hour or one hour sessions available, call 993-5005 for more information. Tue, Mar, 21, Beginner Guitar for Kids and Adults with Nijen Holland 4:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Each session consists of 8 - half hour classes, call 993-5005 for more information. Tue, Mar, 21, Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Wed, Mar, 22, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

Thu, Mar, 16, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu, Mar, 16, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, Mar, 16, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, Mar, 16, Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Fri, Mar, 17, Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sun, Mar, 19, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Mon, Mar, 20, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Mar, 21, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, Mar, 21, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Wed, Mar, 22, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed, Mar, 22, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre

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MARSH LAKE

Wed, Mar, 15, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Mar, 15, Carving with Peter Kazda 3:00 pm Yukon College Faro Campus Will be doing carving with wood, and if there is an interest, with soapstone. Wed, Mar, 15, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Thu, Mar, 16, Old Timers Hockey 7:30 pm Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 or email recreation@faroyukon.ca for more details. Fri, Mar, 17, Seniors Crib and Cards 2:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Email recreation@ faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri, Mar, 17, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sat, Mar, 18, Art Sessions 1:00 pm Yukon College Faro Campus Where people gather to paint, crochet, knit etc. Sat, Mar, 18, Public Skate 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Every Wednesday from 5-7 and Saturday from 1-3. Email recreation@ faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Sun, Mar, 19, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun, Mar, 19, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Mon, Mar, 20, Learn to Skate 4:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Email recreation@faroyukon. ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Mon, Mar, 20, Old Timers Hockey 7:30 pm Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 or email recreation@faroyukon.ca for more details. Wed, Mar, 22, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, Mar, 22, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting.

Fri, Mar, 17, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Fri, Mar, 17, Drop-in Volleyball 8:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sat, Mar, 18, Youth Winter Survival Course Marsh Lake Community Centre A special twoday survival course that will teach you the basics of what you need to know to get you out of tricky situations! All youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome to attend. Email for more information. marshlake@gmail.com Sat, Mar, 18, Tot Group 10:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, Mar, 18, PUMP Bootcamp 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sat, Mar, 18, Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sat, Mar, 18, Ice Hockey 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sun, Mar, 19, Drop in Badminton 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Mar, 21, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Mar, 21, Tot Group 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, Mar, 21, Yoga with Richard 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Tue, Mar, 21, Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca

HAINES JUNCTION Wed, Mar, 15, Aishihik Re-Licensing Public Open House 11:45 am Da Ku Cultural Centre The water license for Yukon Energy’s Aishihik hydro facility is coming up for renewal. Learn more about the process and how you can have your say. A light lunch will be served. Call 6344200 ext. 237 for more information. Wed, Mar, 15, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School

MAYO Fri, Mar, 17, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, Mar, 19, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, Mar, 21, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus

MOUNT LORNE Sun, Mar, 19, An Afternoon of Israeli Folk Dance 3:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Fun and easy folk dancing for the whole family with Israeli Folk Dancer Paula Warren from Toronto. Trace history of folk dance from past to present. All ages and levels of experience welcome! For more info call 667-7083

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Highlights

BEGINNER CERAMICS WITH ASTRID KRUSE

Tuesdays, April 18-May 30, 7-10pm Cost: $325 + GST (supplies included)

INTRODUCTION TO BEADING WITH RHODA MERKEY

WOOD SHOP ORIENTATION MARCH 16

April 24, 26, 6:30pm-8:30pm $95 + GST (supplies included)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

MOTHER’S DAY PAINTING IN PAIRS WITH MAYA Sunday May 1, 1pm-4pm $150 for 2 people (supplies included)

Boys and Girls Club of Yukon

DROP IN THE UNDER ACHIEVERS (PAINTING CLUB)

Every second Tuesday: March 28 6:30-9:30pm Free with membership (bring your own supplies)

Get feedback from a professional artist as you work on your own projects Every second Tuesday: March 21, 7-10pm $10 with membership (bring your own supplies)

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 11 to 18 Free snack and meal

MARCH BREAK MAKER CAMP MARCH 20-24

When: Wednesdays to Saturdays 3 PM to 9 PM

LIFE DRAWING

Where: 306A Alexander Street Look for the big green door!

No instruction, hosted by Andrew Sharp, nude model First Sunday of the month 7-9pm $5/hour (bring your own supplies)

POTTERY OPEN STUDIO

No instruction provided. Must have pottery experience. Every Sunday from 2:30-6pm and Friday from 6pm-9pm $5/hour

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Effective Group Work for NGO’s March 14 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Master Class Facilitation Workshop featuring Keith McCandless and Shannon Patterson March 16 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Entrepreneur’s Speaker Series featuring Camilo Rivera of Apprendo April 6 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm cospacenorth.com/events


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Community EVENTS continued... Tue, Mar, 21, Fresh Yukon Farm Cheese 6:30 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Basics for the home cheese maker. Traditional, non-industrial methods and local ingredients to make the Yukon’s best cheese. Please register 667-7083 or Email lmca@northwestel.net

OLD CROW Thu, Mar, 16, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun, Mar, 19, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue, Mar, 21, Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center

TAGISH Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, Mar, 15, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Mar, 15, Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre Wed, Mar, 15, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, Mar, 15, Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Sat, Mar, 18, 2017 Tagish Poker Run & Carnival Tagish Community Centre Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place, Checkpoints with snacks, hot drinks and fires to warm up. Stay for the Carnival,Costume Contest, Snowshoe Races, Door Prizes, Live Music Sat, Mar, 18, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sat, Mar, 18, Shinny Hockey 4:00 pm Tagish Community Centre We have all the gear to play, call 399-3407 for more information. Sun, Mar, 19, 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?’ 3993407 recreation@tagishyukon.org Sun, Mar, 19, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 7:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903 tagishcc@ gmail.com Wed, Mar, 22, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, Mar, 22, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday.

TESLIN Wed, Mar, 15, Bootcamp in the Mezzanine 6:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Lee Randell joins us every Wednesday, come down for a fantastic workout! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Thu, Mar, 16, Badminton 7:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Thursday, bring your racket or just bring your self for some swift fun! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Fri, Mar, 17, Youth Club 8:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 3354250 for more information. Mon, Mar, 20, Moosehide Tanning Workshop Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre Running from March 20 – 30. For more info contact Melaina at 867.390.2532 ext. 333 or Melaina.sheldon@ ttc-teslin.com Tue, Mar, 21, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Tue, Mar, 21, Teslin Dance Group Practice 7:00 pm Teslin Healing Centre Every Tuesday evening, for more info contact Melaina at 867.390.2532 ext. 333 or Melaina.sheldon@ ttc-teslin.com Wed, Mar, 22, Bootcamp in the Mezzanine 6:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Lee Randell joins us every Wednesday, come down for a fantastic workout! 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca

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, Mar, 16, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, Mar, 16, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Thu, Mar, 16, Drop in Curling 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Drop in rates apply, so please stop at the front desk before you head to the ice.

Fri, Mar, 17, St. Paddys Day Family Party 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Games, food, family bowling, prizes for best dressed. Sat, Mar, 18, 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” Sun, Mar, 19, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, Mar, 20, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, Mar, 21, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Tue, Mar, 21, Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 pm Town of Watson Lake Tue, Mar, 21, Drop in Curling 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Drop in rates apply, so please stop at the front desk before you head to the ice.

HAINES Daily Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM. No Swim Sundays Mon-Thu Haines Public Library Open 11:00 am Haines Borough Public Library Haines Borough Public Library Hours: Mon-Thu 10-9 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:30-4:30 | 7662545 Sun, Mar, 12-16, Rusty Compass, Dusty Rose -rehearsal/set up Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 13-16, Hannah Bochart - rehearsal/ set up 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 15, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Mar, 15, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 15, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Mar, 15, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Mar, 15, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 15, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Mar, 15, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 15, Lent Soup Supper 6:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Wed, Mar, 15, Dusty Rose Rehearsals 7:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 15, Portage Cove Interpretive Meeting # 4 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 15, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Thu, Mar, 16, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Mar, 16, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Mar, 16, Dusty Rose Rehearsals 7:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, Mar, 16, Rivertalk 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Mar, 17, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, Mar, 17, Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri, Mar, 17, Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri, Mar, 17, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Mar, 17, Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Mar, 17, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Mar, 17, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Mar, 17, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, Mar, 17, Hannah R-Bochart - confirm 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, Mar, 17-18, Rusty Compass, Dusty Rose 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat, Mar, 18-25, Swatch Freeride World Tour Haines Borough Alaska Riders become their inner hero as they push their limits on the fantastically vast Alaskan terrain. Sat, Mar, 18, Family Workshops 2:00 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Family workshops we will explore the history and art of the Chilkat Valley using stories, songs, snacks, guest speakers, collection examples and hands-on activities. Sun, Mar, 19, Red Hot Lovers Rehearsals Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Mar, 19, Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Mar, 19, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, Mar, 19, Bible Club & Christian Education 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, Mar, 19, Library Book Club discussion: H is for Hawk 2:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library

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Mon, Mar, 20, Red Hot Lovers Rehearsals Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 20, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, Mar, 20, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 20, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 20, Mother Goose Stories and Songs @ Library 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Mar, 20, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 20, Private Jujutsu Class 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 20, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, Mar, 20, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, Mar, 20, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Mar, 21, Red Hot Lovers Rehearsals Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Mar, 21, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Tue, Mar, 21, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, Mar, 21, Youth Movement 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 22, Red Hot Lovers Rehearsals Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 22, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, Mar, 22, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 22, OWL Social Security Online Services 1:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Mar, 22, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, Mar, 22, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Mar, 22, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 22, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, Mar, 22, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, Mar, 22, Lent Soup Supper 6:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Wed, Mar, 22, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar

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Wed, Mar, 15 Ultimate Frisbee 12:00 pm Canada Games Centre Ultimate is a sport played with a disc (frisbee). Points are scored by passing the disc to a teammate in the opposing end zone. Players from the Yukon Ultimate Frisbee Association are often present to help facilitate games and teach new-comers, so don’t be shy! Wed, Mar, 15 Velocity Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 15 Aikido Yukon Kids Advanced Classes 4:30 pm Aikido Yukon Dojo Level: Yellow+ belt. Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@aikidoyukon.ca Wed, Mar, 15 Pursuit Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 15 YASC hosting Lacrosse drop in 4:30 pm Canada Games Centre Join us in the flexihall. Participants must be 12 years old or older, have a day pass from CGC and participants are encouraged to bring a helmet and gloves. Wed, Mar, 15 Scottish Country Dancing 5:30 pm Elijah Smith Elementary School Adults of any age. Families welcome. No experience necessary. For more info call Pat at 6684976 or Kat at 334-1547. Wed, Mar, 15 Adult Biathlon 6:30 pm Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 15 Adult Drop In 7:45 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Call 6684794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Wed, Mar, 15 AquaRunning 8:40 pm Canada Games Centre Run with zero impact! Swimming ability not required. Comfort in deep water recommended. Thu, Mar, 16 Velocity Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Thu, Mar, 16 YASC hosting Arctic Sports drop in 5:30 pm Canada Games Centre Join us in the flexihall. Participants must be 12 years old or older, have a day pass from CGC. Thu, Mar, 16 Bouldering with ACC 7:30 pm Yukon College Email for location, membership details info@accyukon.ca Thu, Mar, 16 Youth Drop In 7:45 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Fri, Mar, 17-19 40th Annual Native Hockey Tournament Takhini Arena Weekend Pass (available Friday only) and Day Passes available. Fri, Mar, 17-19 Non-Motorized Only Weekend Chilkoot Trail Every third weekend is designated non-motorized only for the entire Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Email klonsnow@yknet.ca or call 667-7680 for more information. Fri, Mar, 17 Pickleball 9:00 am Canada Games Centre Pickleball is paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Pickleball is played on a doubles badminton court over a slightly lowered badminton net. The wiffle ball is played back and forth over the net using a hard paddle. Though it is similar to tennis, it is about 1/3rd of the court size and speed of tennis.

Fri, Mar, 17 Pre-School Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 18 months to 6 yrs, parent must accompany child. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Fri, Mar, 17 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 pm Golden Horn Elementary Fri, Mar, 17 Aikido Yukon Teenager Class 13+ 4:00 pm Aikido Yukon Dojo Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@aikidoyukon.ca Fri, Mar, 17 Adult Drop-In Volleyball 7:00 pm Porter Creek Secondary School Men and women welcome Fri, Mar, 17 Kayak Polo (age 16+) 8:00 pm Canada Games Centre Paddle with members of the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club. Some gear is available subject to attendance rates; please bring your own if available. Sat, Mar, 18 Learn to Play Table Tennis 1:30 pm Whitehorse Elementary Enter through the back door, Saturdays until March 18, Call 668-3358 or 3330299 for info. Sun, Mar, 19 Velocity Practice 10:30 am Biathlon Range Sun, Mar, 19 Pursuit Practice 10:30 am Biathlon Range Mon, Mar, 20 Pre-School Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 18 months to 6 yrs, parent must accompany child. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Mon, Mar, 20 Velocity Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Mon, Mar, 20 Pursuit Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Tue, Mar, 21 Junior Shooting Program 7:00 pm Whitehorse Rifle Pistol Club Youth aged 10-20, parent permission required, Registration fee applies. Participants will learn about gun safety and marksmanship. 667-6907 or 6895967 Tue, Mar, 21 Youth Drop In 7:45 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Wed, Mar, 22 Squad-MB Sennet 9:00 am Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 22 Velocity Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 22 Aikido Yukon Kids Advanced Classes 4:30 pm Aikido Yukon Dojo Level: Yellow+ belt. Sessions now has several elements, one every 4 weeks. Each element covers physical skills, techniques, cultural aspects and stories. First class is always FREE, feel free to come try anytime (we will lend you an uniform). (867) 667-4690 info@aikidoyukon.ca Wed, Mar, 22 Pursuit Practice 4:30 pm Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 22 YASC hosting Lacrosse drop in 4:30 pm Canada Games Centre Join us in the flexihall. Participants must be 12 years old or older, have a day pass from CGC and participants are encouraged to bring a helmet and gloves. Wed, Mar, 22 Adult Biathlon 6:30 pm Biathlon Range Wed, Mar, 22 Adult Drop In 7:45 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Call 6684794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information.

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Step Outside with Larry Leigh

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n a recent half-day icefishing adventure with our son, I got to experience some of the benefits of a portable burn barrel that he has been using for the past five or six years. He puts it to use throughout the year, but spring/autumn hunts and hard-water fishing are when it sees pretty consistent use. I had seen it sitting on his trailer before, but on this occasion it was sitting on a frozen lake and that’s what impressed me with how convenient and effective it was to use. It is a very simple device, just the agitator drum out of the washer unit of a laundry set. I think these pieces come in various sizes for different sized loads of washing. These absolutely free of charge units are commonly found in the appliance section of any of our community landfill sites. If you

have the right tools with you, the drum can be removed where it sits and the remainder of the unit can just stay where it is. The outside walls of these drums have a few hundred holes in them to allow water circulation during a laundry cycle. These holes allow a real serious air flow to the fire, but are not large enough to allow the fire to fall out.The only modification needed is to bolt or weld on four legs, which raise it 4-5 inches from the surface it sits on. You could also place it on stones, but they are hard to come by when ice-fishing. By using the suggested legs, the hot bottom of the burn barrel does not melt (and then freeze) into the ice surface, nor will it char or start on fire the ground cover during non-winter usage. Campfires and ice-fishing fires tend to grow in diameter as more

PHOTO: Pixabay.com fuels is added. The use of the drum focusses the fire in a smaller area and a small grate or oven rack on top is a place to put your

kettle or fry-pan to make lunch or a hot drink. Any wind plays havoc with an open fire, blowing cinders which burn holes in our high-tech

A good supply of firewood can be stood on end in the unit for transport and even the larger drums will fit easily into your skimmer, truck box or in the corner of your boat clothing or tent and sometimes end up in someone’s eyes. With legs welded on, this portable unit might weigh 15 pounds. A good supply of firewood can be stood on end in the unit for transport and even the larger drums will fit easily into your skimmer, truck box or in the corner of your boat. A couple of BIC lighters or wooden matches in a waterproof container along with fire-lighter such as kerosene soaked chain-saw chips in a plastic jar is all you need to get a good-sized, well controlled fire going in quick order.

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Adventure and Great Powder

Backcountry skiing is catching on with tourists by Lori Garrison

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nterest in backcountry skiing in the Yukon has taken off, especially among tourists, says backcountry ski expert and guide Claude Vallier. Vallier recently published a backcountry guide book to the Haines Pass, to accompany the guide book he produced in 2007 about the White Pass. The books, Haines Pass Backcountry Skiing and White Pass Backcountry Skiing, detail ski routes that have road access of the highways. Vallier researches, writes and does the photography for the guide books himself. “The intent of the books is to show people that they don’t need a snow machine or to rent a helicopter to get into the backcountry to ski,” he says. “They have access to easy routes – and also some extreme routes with amazing snow – right from the road. There are lots of possibilities.” Backcountry skiing this way -without a snow machine – is much better for the environment, he says. It’s also lower noise, which is less stressful for wildlife. “You just use your own energy, and leave only your ski tracks in the snow,” he says, “You’re just a human on an adventure.” Vallier says he has seen an increase in ski touring groups recently, especially from Alaska, where the low Canadian dollar is an incentive for Americans to go. He has also seen tourists from across Canada, Quebec and Europe. “This year we’ve seen a really

where they occur,” Vallier says. Avalanche courses are available through the Canadian Avalanche Association in the Yukon. Vallier is originally from France, where he was a mountain guide and search and rescue skier. He has lived in the Yukon for nine years and says that backcountry skiing has been slower here to take off than it has been in Europe, where it’s been popular for 10 to 15 years. “Backcountry skiing appeals to people here who want to ski more, do more runs. Mount Sima is very limited and backcountry offers so many more possibilities for longer PHOTO: Courtesy of Claude Vallier runs.” Backcountry ski season starts in December, he Claude Vallier himself skiing says, and runs through until May, a trail in the Haines Pass depending on the Yukon weather. March and April are the best times People new to backcountry to go, he adds. “There’s less cold weather, skiing should take an avalanche course and consider going out on longer days and the snow is a day tour with a guide, because great,” Vallier says. For more information about you need some back country skills to ski in these areas safely he says, backcountry skiing in the Yukon such as understanding your route, or to access Vallier’s guide books, dealing with the weather and alti- you can visit YukonBackcountrSkitude and how to handle injuries in ing.com. these remote locations. “It’s really remote, you have Lori Garrison is a Yukoner to depend on yourself,” he says. without a cause. She is currently “Start with a guide and just go for on hiatus in Mayo, Quebec. the day. It’s way more fun to do things safely and properly.” Avalanches in particular are a danger, he adds. “Avalanches are a very complex problem and it takes time and skills to navigate the areas big increase in skiers… it’s a plus for winter tourism in the Yukon,” he says. Skiers have told Vallier his guide books have influenced their decision to come backcountry ski in the Yukon, because it helps them plan their trip he says.

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Meet our dogs, they live for us, we live for them, the Yukon would not be the Yukon without Dog Culture. Send us photos of Yukon dogs and their people! Hi, this is our puppy T-bone who we fondly call Teebs… We think he is St Bernard and Newfoundland – Landseer cross. We take him everywhere, work, walks and Millennium Trail. He recently has enjoyed baths at the Feed Store and is really enjoying playing and eating snow. What’s Up Yukon is pleased to partner with the Yukon Transportation Museum’s Dog Culture Display, “Yukon’s Best Friend: Doggedness in Love and Labour”. Your photos will be on display at the dog culture exhibit so be sure to stop in. We are open everyday from 10-6 and Tuesdays from 10-8. Selected submissions may appear on both partners social media and inside What’s Up Yukon’s printed issue and website! That’s right your pooch could be appreciated by all!

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