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Filling the Gaps in Our History From the Klondike to Berlin by Michael Gates is the first comprehensive account of the Yukon’s contribution to WWI by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

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ambulance driver and went veryone talks on to write Rhymes of a Red about the GolCross Man which became drush. I’m inone of the the most popular terested in the gaps in books of poetry about the history. The points in beWar. While overseas Service tween,” says Yukon writer continued to contribute to Michael Gates, author of the Dawson Daily News. From the Klondike to Ber“He captured the inlin. Published last month, humanity of war in his this book is, perhaps surwork,” says Gates. prisingly, the first to offer Also featured in the an in depth account of the book are George Black, the Yukon’s contribution to commissioner of the Yukon World War I. at the time. Black brought Gates says that there 250 Yukon volunteers along was a lot of information with him to the battlefields available. Low hanging of Europe. As well as his fruit, ripe for the picking. wife, Martha Black. She acResearching and writcompanied him and became ing the book was a “Pretty a strong advocate for the amazing journey,” says Yukoners in uniform. Gates. There were times PHOTO: courtesy of Harbour Publishing Gates says it’s interestwhen he found delving into Published last month, this ing to note that all but two the “otherworldly” condiof the first Yukon volunteers tions endured by Yukoners book is, perhaps surprisingly, who signed up to fight in the war in the trenches difficult to take. the first to offer an in depth listed their own nationality as Gates had to sort through hunaccount of the Yukon’s British. The shift towards a Candreds of pages of material and deadian identity was still ongoing cide what added to the narrative. contribution to World War I when the War was declared in “The Yukon was punching 1914. Gates includes the events above it’s weight in every way,” he says. “There were around battery. He then went on to res- going on at home in the Yukon in 1,100 volunteers coming from cue the crown jewels and national his historical account of the wara territory with a population of treasury of Romania, became in- time period. Important issues of maybe 5,000 people. I couldn’t strumental in the negotiation of the day included the women’s sufwrite a book about 1,100 people a treaty between Russia and Ro- frage movement, conscription and so I chose who to profile based on mania and organized a network of the debate over prohibition of albest accounting. I’m hoping that spies. A man constantly in search cohol. The book is a must for anyone with an interprodding minds will est in the history investigate further.” Gates says it’s interesting to note of World War I, but The book explores its real strength several characters. that all but two of the first Yukon lies in giving life Gates describes how to the long unsung Grizzly Bear Jim Yukon characters Christie’s Yukon lifevolunteers who signed up to fight in who gave their all style helped him in the battlefield. the war listed their own nationality as in the War to End All Wars. “This applied to Michael Gates’ most Yukoners. For British. The shift towards a Canadian book From the example everyone in Klondike to Berthe Yukon has a rifle, identity was still ongoing when the lin is available for they scored very high loan at the Whitein rifle shooting. The War was declared in 1914. horse Public Lihad the skillsets,” brary, and is availsays Gates. Christie famously survived a of adventure, he abandoned the able for sale at Mac’s Fireweed bear attack that ripped apart his Klondike for his more exciting Books on Main Street. face and went on to serve with European career. “This doesn’t distinction during the war. surprise me given his character,” Michael Bramadat-Willcock Yukoner Joe Boyle made a says Gates. is editor at What’s up Yukon. name for himself in Russia through The Yukon’s treasured poet Lifestory available on request. the financing of a machine gun Robert Service volunteered as an


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Telling the Untold Stories of the Yukon

Stories of love, ghosts, fish camp and more come together in Map of the Land, Map of the Stars, May 9 to 13 at the KDCC by Selene Vakharia

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he first days in the creation of the play Map of the Land, Map of the Stars took place in the summer of 2015 along the banks of the Yukon River. A group of artists gathered with stories, images, objects, and songs – items that they were drawn to and that were rooted in the Yukon. “We created this play differently, starting with our deep desire to create a new work celebrating untold and rarely told Yukon stories,” said Patti Flather, co-founder of Gwaandak Theatre. “We began by gathering and inviting indigenous and diverse artists and storytellers with the passion to explore these storybeads of our land.” Guided by two of Canada’s visionary Indigenous theatre artists – Yukon based Yvette Nolan and British Columbia based Michelle Olson – the artists used the Story Weaving technique developed by Muriel Miguel of New York-based Spiderwoman Theatre. The technique creates a living tapestry built with layers upon layers of stories, images, movement and music. When co-creator and Gwaandak Theatre co-founder Leonard Linklater shared his personal search for stories about indigen-

collaborations and creations, the piece is now ready to be debuted in its completed state. “Map of the Land, Map of the Stars began as a search for ‘snippets of stories,’ a desire to awaken and gather stories of our Yukon land and people,” Flather says. Map of the Land, Map of the Stars contains numerous stories that explore the river and trails, and disruptions to First Nations ways of life due to the gold rush and colonization. Andrameda Hunter, a collaborator and performer in the piece, has many of her family’s stories intertwined in the production. “The section about PHOTO: Marten Berkman my matrilineal lineage is my personal story, Sneak peek into the show: Brandon Wicke, Austin Roe, but it really is a glimpse into the Andrameda Hunter, Jordan Reti and Léa Roy Bernatchez worldview of many people of First Nation ancestry,” Hunter says. ous people in the Yukon and creation process,” Nolan says. One “After seeing this piece, I hope Mackenzie River Delta where he of the stories she brought to the audiences walk away with the grew up, director Olson created a piece was about the black soldiers understanding that we all have who built the Alaska Highway. The stories, and they are all interestdance from his gestures. Director Nolan found the cre- story is a timely one as this year ing. Also that we have much more ation process challenging, reward- marks the 75th anniversary of the in common than we realize - that we are all connected.” ing, and one that uncovered the highway’s construction. Map of the Land, Map of the story in an organic way. “There were so many things “Everyone brought their own about that story that intrigued Stars will be at the Kwanlin Dün stories and stories about the Yukon me, ever since I first heard it Cultural Centre May 10 to 13 with that they found compelling to the when I was living here in the a special pay-what-you-decide ’90s,” Nolan says. “I wondered preview on May 9. Show time is what it must have felt like to ar- 7:30 p.m. The production will be in Dawrive here and find it so alien. Some of those soldiers had never even son City on May 16 and Carcross seen snow. And the land was still on May 18. so wild. The Highway really preeSelene Vakharia is a holistic mpted a bunch of other trails and nutritionist, freelance writer maps and pathways that had aland whole foods cook who loves ready existed.” showing people how easy, fun While still a work-in-progress, and delicious being healthy the piece was shared last June can be. Selene our Whitehorse during what would turn out to be the last Magnetic North Theatre based contributor also provides numerous freelance stories. Festival. After more rounds of

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Writing as a Full Time Profession

Vancouver author J.B. MacKinnon will do presentations and readings across the Yukon during the Writers’ Festival May 2-7 by Dan Davidson

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ames Bernard MacKinnon, commonly bylined as J.B. MacKinnon, will be coming to the Yukon from Vancouver to be the Yukon Public Libraries’ choice as a travelling writer to visit a number of communities during the Yukon Writers’ Festival taking place May 2-7. During his Yukon visit McKinnon will do presentations and readings in the Dawson City Community Library (Monday, May 1 at 7 p.m.); Pelly Crossing Community Library (Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m.); Faro Community Library (Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m.); and at the Teslin Community Library (Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 pm). He will also read with the Young Authors Conference mentor writers on Wednesday, May 3 at the Live Words Reading and Reception at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, at Whitehorse, 7 p.m. and in a Saturday night event in Haines Junction at the Haines Junction Public Library. MacKinnon has authored or coauthored four books of nonfiction, of which the latest is The Once and Future World and the best known is probably The 100 Mile Diet. He contributes regularly to the New Yorker magazine on consumer issues and ecology, and his work

has also appeared in National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Adbusters and Nautilus. Despite winning more than a dozen awards for his work as a writer, he is hesitant about the label. “I still hesitate to call myself a writer — it sounds like such a big deal. Which, I guess, is why I tried to become a writer; it seemed to me like an important thing to be. “Like a lot of writers, I probably got that idea from growing up in a house where books and magazines were an everpresent part of daily life.” He feels like he has been pushed in that direction by an internal quest for answers. “Every time I dip my toe in something else — activism, business, charity — I end up questioning, overwhelming myself with questions and grope my way toward answers. It’s almost like I am a writer by default.” There is an existential edge to a lot of his work. “Connection and disconnection

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Are nonfiction writers also storytellers? Yes and no, he says. “I would say that I don’t tell stories so much as I make arguments, with stories as one of the tools that I use. “You’ll often hear writers justify their purpose by saying that human beings are ‘hardwired for stories.’ We are — which is why they need to be handled with care. Stories PHOTO: A. Smith can enrich us, but they can play to the cheap Vancouver writer J.B. MacKinnon seats, too. They can play us for is the author of The 100 Mile Diet suckers.” and other books and articles. Writing professionally is a job, and MacKinnon treats it as one. He is a guest presenter during “I get up at 6 a.m., write for the Yukon Writers’ Festival an hour, and then have breakfast. taking place May 2-7 Then I write until noon, with one 15-minute-or-so break, during drives a lot of my writing. The 100- which I do chores like sweeping or Mile Diet was about reconnecting cleaning, just to move my body. with place and people through After lunch I usually do research, food. The Once and Future World or catch up on the business end of is about our connection, or lack of the writing life. “Then I do something active, connection, to nature. “Even more broadly, I think whether that means walking or most of my writing asks the ques- rock climbing. I would love to fit the romantic image of the dishevtion, How should we live?”

elled writer with the crazy life, but it doesn’t work for me.” MacKinnon has two brothers and their families in Whitehorse, so he has both personal and professional reasons for looking forward to this trip. “It always comes down to the land and the people. I hope I have moments here and there to take in the land. I look forward to meeting a few Yukoners and hearing how they see the world.” He likes teaching because he says it helps him to figure out what he is doing, as distinct from just doing it. He has a twist on the usual advice given to young writers. “The most common advice young writers get is to read, read, read. That’s good advice, but it doesn’t go far enough. “Don’t just read: ask yourself how and why the writing works. Writers are always up to something. But what?” Dan Davidson retired from 32 years of teaching in rural Yukon schools, but continues writing about life in Dawson City. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@whatsupyukon.com.


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Step Outside with Larry Leigh

Coyotes in the Neighbourhood backyards where food has been put out and also explore other backyards searching for more of the same. Bread and scraps for winter birds has the same effect as does feeding your own dog outside where sometimes all the food is not eaten right away and some is spilled around the dish. It is important to realize that often these wild animals are continually on the verge of starvation so they will jump at any chance for something to eat. Coyotes are not only dangerous to your family pet, but a Google search will list hundreds and hundreds of coyote attacks on humans of all ages. There are even two fatal attacks: one on a 4-yearold girl in California and one on a 19-year-old woman in Nova Scotia. People are sometimes bitten because they intentionally or otherwise corner a coyote – or more commonly the person is trying to rescue the family pet and this also includes some pets on a leash at the time. Whitehorse has a substantial – but uncounted – coyote population and they are common to see

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Coyotes are unlike many other predators in that they have a tolerance for human presence, which allows them to live close by human development both day and night in all areas of town. Some of these are transient and exploring the mealtime possibilities, while many others are full time residents living off household pets, restaurant or household garbage and intentional handouts provided for that purpose. Because they are “wild” animals, we expect them to keep their distance from us but it won’t take you many contacts with these canines to see that many of them are not afraid at all of getting within 20 to 40 feet of you while

displaying no hesitation whatsoever. So far there have not been any really serious injuries from coyote attacks in Whitehorse, but there have been a number of people chased, children knocked down and bitten and even adults bitten or menaced by more than just a single coyote. Recently, a coyote involved in an attack and biting of a child was shot by officers and a boiled egg was found in its stomach. That find certainly supports the sug-

gestion that people are intentionally feeding these sometimes very dangerous animals. 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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Fri, May, 5, Art Reception - Joyce Majiski Opening - Perambulations 5:00 pm Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Perambulations, a show of new works by Joyce Majiski at Yukon Artists at Work Gallery, opens with a reception. The show runs until May 26th. 333-9877 Fri, May, 5-26 Art Exhibit - Joyce Majiski Opening - Perambulations Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Perambulations, a show of new works by Joyce Majiski at Yukon Artists at Work Gallery. The show runs until May 26th. 333-9877 Until Wed, Jun, 28, Art Exhibit - George Black and the Yukon Boys Arts Underground In the Hougen Heritage Gallery

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Wed, May, 3 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, May, 3 Jamaoke With Jackie 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, May, 4 Jam Night with Scott Maynard 7:30 PM Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu, May, 4 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Thu, May, 4 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, May, 5 Yukon Musician: Anne Turner 6:00 PM Westmark Whitehorse Jazz and Easy Listening Fri, May, 5 WCC Spring 2017 Concert: Songscapes of the Yukon 8:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre Spring concert of songs about the Yukon commissioned by the choir. Tickets available at Arts Underground and Yukon Arts Centre. Fri, May, 5 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 PM Town & Mountain Hotel Fri, May, 5 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, May, 6 A Spring Fling 7:00 PM The Old Fire Hall With local celtic band, Crooked Folk. Try out some Scottish Country Dancing during the band breaks, the Midnight Sun Pipe Band will get your toes tapping. Tickets available via scdwhitehorse@gmail.com or 334-1547 Sat, May, 6 WCC Spring 2017 Concert: Songscapes of the Yukon 8:00 PM Yukon Arts Centre Spring concert of songs about the Yukon commissioned by the choir. Tickets available at Arts Underground and Yukon Arts Centre. Sat, May, 6 Dash Does Motown, Rare Groove and Funk 9:00 PM Miner’s Daughter Restaurant Come rock the dance floor for a night of Motown, Rare groove, and Electro Funk with DJ DASH. Sat, May, 6 Karaoke 9:00 PM Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat, May, 6 Yukon Jack Live! 10:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Sun, May, 7 Open Mic Night 3:00 PM 98 Hotel Mon, May, 8 Ladies Night with DJ Carlo 9:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, May, 9 Top 40 Dance Tunz with Jon Steel 9:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon Tue, May, 9 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, May, 10 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 PM Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed, May, 10 John Stetch Quartet from New York City 7:30 PM The Old Fire Hall 6-time Juno nominee and Steinway Artist, pianist John Stetch is on his first Canadian quartet tour in 20 years playing swinging jazz to east European flavours. Tickets: Yukon Arts Centre Box Office 667-8574, Arts Underground or at the door Wed, May, 10 Karaoke with DJ Carlo 9:00 PM Jarvis Street Saloon

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Mon, May, 1-5, Mining Week Whitehorse, Yukon Wed, May, 3, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival Whitehorse, Yukon LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Wed, May, 3, 20-Minute Makeover 8:30 am Shipyards Park Plan your day to include a cleanup of litter and graffiti around your business, alley or wherever you see garbage. Free garbage bags and graffiti remover are available at the City’s park office in the Sport Yukon building. Need more info? Phone 668-8325 or email parks@whitehorse.ca All participants are invited to a free BBQ

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Wed, May, 3, Capital Maintenance Contractor Meet and Greet 9:00 am Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre This event is for Yukon contractors interested in learning about upcoming building capital maintenance projects with the Government of Yukon. Wed, May, 3, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 6336081 Terry or Michèle Wed, May, 3, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival - Opening Reception 7:00 pm Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Free event, with Guest writers. Wed, May, 3, Baked - Laughs 7:30 pm Baked Cafe Features Yukon comics, storytellers, poets and more, both veteran and new, bringing the funny. If you are interested in performing email bakedlaughsyt@gmail.com Wed, May, 3, 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, May, 3, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Thu, May, 4, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival Whitehorse, Yukon LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Thu, May, 4, Yukon College Geological Technology Program Information Session 5:00 pm Yukon College Mining and mineral exploration are important components of the Yukon economy. Attend a program information session and learn about the program from faculty and alumni. In room A2603 867-4568605 Thu, May, 4, Shakespeare Unplugged 5:00 pm The Old Fire Hall Shakespeare reading and writing come to life under the stage lights, and to work with quality language and characters. Great for kids of all ages, it is funny, real and powerful: this is literacy work for all ages at its finest. Thu, May, 4, 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, May, 4, Basic Obedience Level 1 - Small Dog 7:30 pm Top Dog Training Academy This class is designed to teach basic obedience commands: Heel-sit, down, stay, wait, recall to finished commands. Call 334-7924 or email jdnic07@gmail.com for more information. Fri, May, 5-7, Yukon Trade Show Canada Games Centre Trade Show Hours to the General Public :Friday 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 668-7979 Fri, May, 5, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival Whitehorse, Yukon LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Fri, May, 5, 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! Fri, May, 5, 27th Annual Law Day Charity Fun Run and Walk 12:00 pm Whitehorse Millennium Trail Register at Sport Yukon. Fri, May, 5, Poetry and Music Salon 7:00 pm The Old Fire Hall Internationally acclaimed poet and spoken-word artist Sheri-D Wilson for an evening of poetry and music. Daniel Janke and Olivier de Colombel will accompany Sheri-D and the show will also feature Shahin MoComedy Sanjari and local youth performers from the F.H Collins Slam Poetry Club. Fri, May, 5, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival - Poetry Cafe 7:00 pm The Old Fire Hall With Sheri D Wilson, Musicians and local youth poets. Tickets at Macs Fireweed and Well-Read Books. Call 334-8383 for more information. Sat, May, 6, Free Comic Book Day TItan Gaming & Collectibles Browse some of our selected free comics. Preview upcoming series such as Rick and Morty, Zelda Twilight Princess, Guardian of the Galaxy, and Monster High. Something for all ages

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Sat, May, 6-7, The Art of Managing Your Career The Old Fire Hall An intensive 2-Day workshop will show you how to organize the business side of professional art, including: marketing oneself, finding funding, and the financial & legal aspects of professional art. Lunch will be provided This course is free of charge. Sat, May, 6, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival Whitehorse, Yukon LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Sat, May, 6, Volunteers Wanted For the Yukon Distress & Support Line 9:00 am Whitehorse, Yukon Yukon Distress & Support Line is looking for volunteers. Training is mandatory to volunteer on the line. For more information contact:Nathan Schultz 334-8829 or ydsl@manyrivers.yk.ca to sign up. Sat, May, 6, Learn German 10:00 am Alpine Bakery Learn German in a fun way with Renate - beginner to intermediate. No charge. Info 334-6948 Sun, May, 7, Japanese Conversation Classes Whitehorse, Yukon Email Fumi Torigai the Instructor at jcayukon@gmail.com for more info. Fumi Torigai, Instructor. 393-2588 Sun, May, 7, A Taste of German Birch & Bear Salad Bar Celebrate spring with coffee and cake, please feel free to bring your guitar and play a German tune. Cost: $10.00 (cake and cup of coffee) Free ice cream for kids ! Door prizes. For more info call Renate 334 6948 Sun, May, 7, 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, May, 7, 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. Sun, May, 7, Life Drawing Drop-in 7:00 pm Arts Underground Life Drawing is every first Sunday of the Month and is non-instructional. Andew Sharp is the host. A live model will pose each session. Cost is $5/hour to help pay for the model. Mon, May, 8, 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. 867-6686280 or toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-6334576 Mon, May, 8, 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, May, 8, Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Tue, May, 9, Leash Handling Skills – Stop Pulling and Get Back Control 6:00 pm Advanced K9 -Training and Services Good leash skills can help you walk your dog safely and teach more control and safety. For more info call 689-5438 or emailinfo@advancedk9. com Tue, May, 9, The Under Achievers 6:30 pm Arts Underground A club for painters of all skill levels. Bring your own supplies, we have easels and plenty of space. There is no instruction. Cost is free with a membership. Wed, May, 10-11, Communication Skills for Transfroming Conflict Yukon College Learn principles and approaches such as Connected Communication (aka Nonviolent Communication), interest-based negotiations, collaborative conflict resolution, and difficult conversations. Wed, May, 10, Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 6336081 Terry or Michèle Wed, May, 10, Multiple Sclerosis Presentation 7:00 pm Vanier Catholic Secondary Mark Davis Pickup will speak from years of experience dealing with Multiple Sclerosis and as an advocate of disability inclusion committed to the value, dignity and equality of all human life. In the school gymnasium. Wed, May, 10, 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, May, 10, Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room

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Mondays - Friday Family Free Play Drop-in 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.. Wed, May, 3, Toddler Story Time 10:30 amWhitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Wed, May, 3, 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! Thu, May, 4, Live Words:Young Authors Conference 8:45 am F.H. Collins Secondary LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Thu, May, 4, La Leche League Meeting 10:30 am Family Literacy Centre Discuss topics such as parenting, feeding, night time routines, for new parents, or parents adding to their families. Fri, May, 5, Live Words:Young Authors Conference 8:45 am F.H. Collins Secondary LIVE WORDS is an annual literary festival produced by Yukon Public Libraries, Public Schools Branch and the Yukon Science Institute. Fri, May, 5, 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, May, 6, Family Free Play Drop-in 10:00 am Family Literacy Centre 668-8698 /668-6535 This drop-in includes story time, free play and interactive activities. All Ages Welcome Sat, May, 6, 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, May, 6, Amonkhet Sealed League 12:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles Prizes for most win, most losses and more! Sat, May, 6, Family Drop In 3:00 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 9 and under, must be accompanied by a parent. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Sun, May, 7, Hearthstone League 4:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles We will be holding a monthly ladder with wonderful prizes! Bring your friends in on League night and do battle. Mon, May, 8, Southern Tutchone Classes 8:45 am Champagne And Aishihik First Nation - Whitehorse Office These are Free classes open to everyone. Classes are at 8.45 – 10 am, 10.45-12 pm and 12.10-12.45 pm. Call Luke at 667-5992 for more information. Mon, May, 8, Baby Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for ages 6 - 24 months & caregiver, Free drop-in. Tue, May, 9, 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, May, 9, Southern Tutchone Classes 8:45 am Champagne And Aishihik First Nation - Whitehorse Office These are Free classes open to everyone. Classes are at 8.45 – 10 am, 10.45-12 pm and 12.10-12.45 pm. Call Luke at 667-5992 for more information. Tue, May, 9, 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. Wed, May, 10, Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in.

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Wed, May, 3, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 AM Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com Wed, May, 3, Takhini-Dakwakada-Champagne Community Land Use Plan & CAFN S 5:00 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Call 634-4200 for more information. Thu, May, 4, 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, May, 4, Entrepreneur’s Speaker Series: Mike Russo of Firebean Coffee Company 5:00 PM (co)space coworking space` Hear hard won start up successes and laugh out loud blunders. Drinks and appetizers served. Tickets may be available at the door.

Thu, May, 4, 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 Fri, May, 5, Imfityukon 2017 Westmark Whitehorse Lecture sessions in nutrition, health, natural remedies, wellness, weight loss, resiliency training, fitness professionals, and more! Call for more details. 393-9700 Sat, May, 6, First Annual Wild Sheep Convention Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre Family-friendly workshops catering to every level of sheep hunting enthusiast. Be sure to bring your family and friends! Sat, May, 6, 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. Sun, May, 7, Writing Workshop - Imagine This: Writing for Children 1:30 PM Whitehorse Public Library The journey of nurturing the seeds of an idea into a story for young readers. In the meeting room, FREE, registration required Tue, May, 9, The Yukon Prospectors Association 7:00 PM Yukon Chamber of Mines Prospectors and those interested in mineral exploration welcome! Wed, May, 10, Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 AM Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@ gmail.com Wed, May, 10, Lunch & Learn: Boost Your Creative Problem-Solving 12:00 PM Yukon Carpenters Union The session will give you concrete tips and tools you can apply immediately in your workplace. Lunch will be provided. Wed, May, 10, Friends of the Library AGM 5:00 PM Whitehorse Public Library Join us in supporting a great library. 633-6579 Wed, May, 10, Open Pit Theatre’s AGM 5:30 PM Whitehorse, Yukon Email genevieve@ openp.it for location or more information.

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Chronicling the Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community by Dan Davidson

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’m very jealous of what Whitehorse based Lily Gontard and Mark Kelly have managed to pull off with their delightful book, Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge Community (published last month, Lost Moose, 240 pages, $24.95). They’ve taken an idea that I turned into a measly two or three columns in the Whitehorse Star some 10 to 15 years ago and developed it into a full-fledged book. I wish I’d had the time and patience to track down the owners and former owners, do the interviews and spend the two years it took them to do such a thorough job. Mark Kelly started where I did, by noticing the number of roadside lodges that were no longer there all of a sudden. Sometimes it was just that they were for sale; sometimes they were no longer for sale, but abandoned; sometimes they were simply gone, with nothing but the remains of a foundation and the pad where the gas pumps used to be. Kelly shot pictures, many hundreds of them. About 100, including some archival photos obtained from the time when a lot of these places were in their prime, made it into this book. Kelly and Gontard came up with a list of 96 lodges that stretched from Dawson Creek (Mile Zero) almost to Delta Junction (Mile 1404.1). The number gets to be a little uncertain, since some of them were in more than one place and others, like Beat and Jyl Ledergerber’s Beaver Creek RV Park and Motel (formerly Mile 102 Beaver Creek Lodge; the Alas/Kon Border Lodge; and the Westmark Beaver Creek Lodge) have had more than one name.

Mark Kelly and Lily Gontard are the authors of Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge, published last month

The book had its genesis as a magazine article in Geist magazine, where Gontard has an advisory connection, after Kelly showed her his photos and wondered if they might be worthy of a photo spread. And then it grew into a book, one that the publisher actually relented on and increased the page count from 224 to 240 pages, seeing the value of the material they were having to cut. “We didn’t realize just what we were getting ourselves into,” Gontard says. “When I moved up in the ’90s, there were quite a few lodges. I drove out in 2006 and there were hardly any, and when we went two years ago, there were even less. “It was the hunt for all the owners that took a lot of time. We wanted to have, as equally as possible, lodges from BC, Yukon and Alaska, and Alaska was the hardest material to find of the lodges. “It was great to find people who wanted to share their stories and had been wanting to for many years.” “No one ever asked,” Kelly says, “outside of controversial things,” like when some lodges got shut down because of chan-

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Beyond MIle Zero examines the history and culture of lodge life along the Alaska Highway from the 1940s to the present day. ges in water regulations or the requirements for on-site fuel storage. What has been missed, until this book, was a narrative account of the tiny communities that grew up around each of the lodges, composed of family and the work force, some of whom would stay for years and perhaps even end up buying the operation themselves. Not every establishment is as fortunate as Toad River, which ended up having a maintenance camp, a small community of about 40 people, and a well equipped rural (K to 9) school right across the highway from its lodge and RV camp. The decline in the number of lodges goes hand in hand with technological and infrastructure changes since the 1940s, when the road was new and raw. The road is shorter now, even than it was when I first drove it in 1976. It is generally either paved or chip-sealed, and even with frost heaves and potholes, is a smoother, faster, safer drive than it was in the heyday of the lodges – or

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even 40 years ago. Vehicles are better too, in many ways: more comfortable; capable of getting more distance out of a litre of gasoline; less likely to blow a tire (part of the road improvements). There just isn’t the need for as many of them as there used to be. So it’s good that Gontard and Kelly have put together this book, a memorial to a way of life that is largely gone and may very well not be seen again. Here’s hoping that the book does well, because its creators have enough material for a sequel, and it would be good to tell some of the rest of the stories. Beyond Mile Zero: The Vanishing Alaska Highway Lodge is available at Mac’s Fireweed Books on Main Street in Whitehorse. Dan Davidson retired from 32 years of teaching in rural Yukon schools, but continues writing about life in Dawson City. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@ whatsupyukon.com.

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White Pass and Beyond

Actor auditions for a new musical based on White Pass & Yukon Route builder Michael Heney take place May 9, 10 at Selkirk Elementary School by Ken Bolton

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hen Michael Heney was just 14, he ran away from the family farm in the Ottawa Valley to work for an uncle who was building a portion of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) near Georgian Bay. His father quickly dragged him home to finish his education, but four years later he was off again, determined to make railroading his life’s work. In amazingly short order, he became so successful at it that he became known in Alaska as Big Mike, the “Irish Prince of the Iron Trails.” Starting as a waterboy and working his way up as a mule skinner, then on to blasting, grading and track-laying crews, by the time he was 19 he was surveying for the CPR in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. At 25, he built his first railway: from Seattle to Sumas, Washington. Less than a decade later, without benefit of an engineering degree, Heney took on the challenge of building a narrow gauge line through treacherous mountain terrain to link Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush. “He just soaked up everything about building a railway; it wasn’t because of any formal paper training, it was from working on the railway,” says actor, director and playwright Conrad Boyce, who recently penned an epic musical drama about Heney. Boyce was a prominent fixture

in Whitehorse theatre circles for two decades before he and his wife moved to south-central Ontario in 1995. Three years ago, they began conducting small group tours to the Yukon each summer. The finale of those tours was always a trip on the White Pass and Yukon Route, the railway Heney built between the summer of 1898 and the driving of the last spike on July 29, 1900. An invitation to speak to a group of historic railway buffs persuaded Boyce to dig into Heney’s story, starting from his birth in 1864 to Irish immigrant parents in the tiny Ottawa Valley hamlet of Stonecliff (since re-named Stonecliffe). “According to Google, the only famous person ever born in Stonecliff was Michael J. Heney, the builder of the White Pass and Yukon Railway,” Boyce explains. “So I went to the public library in the municipal building there and asked what they had on Michael Heney.” The name apparently didn’t ring any bells. “The Heneys haven’t lived there for a long time, and they had pretty much forgotten about him.” As Boyce continued to delve, he came to realize he had the makings of a good Canada 150 project on an accomplished native son who is better known in Alaska than in his own country. “It’s a pretty amazing story, and I just decided it needed to be

told. And the idea of having Matthew Lien (long-time Yukon musician and composer, now based in Taiwan) write the music immediately popped into my head,” Boyce says. “When I suggested the idea to him, he immediately leapt at it, and I think he’s having a lot of fun putting the music together.” The result is a sprawling tale called Stonecliff, involving 44 separate characters, interpreted by a cast of 10 men and one woman, plus six musicians playing Lien’s score on traditional Irish instruments such as fiddles, bodhrán and Uilleann pipes. “Obviously, very little of the dialogue is based on actual historical words, but there are exceptions.” Those exceptions include the eulogies given at the funerals of Skagway’s notorious boss, Jefferson Randolph “Soapy” Smith and town surveyor Frank Reid, who both died following a shootout on the Skagway docks on July 8, 1898. (Smith was a con man and thug who ran Skagway with a ruthless gang of thugs until he was gunned down by Frank Reid). “For the most part, the challenge was to create realistic dialogue for that period, using historical characters for the most

part. And there’s so much story to tell,” Boyce says. The tale is redolent of Gold Rush history, including the fact that Heney was present on July 17, 1897 when the S.S. Portland arrived in Seattle with the first load of Klondike gold. He was there by chance, recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted by a disgruntled worker in Sitka, following his first Alaska venture. The story continues through construction of both the White Pass and Yukon Route and the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, the founding of the town of Cordova, to Heney’s death at 45 from pneumonia resulting from a shipwreck near Seattle. “He didn’t die in that shipwreck, but his lungs had been compromised by long years of smoking cigars and being exposed to granite dust. He was in the water so long, his lungs took a beating, and he died about a year after that.” The play will premiere on Oct. 18 in Stonecliffe, the first of 10 performances in the Ottawa Valley area. In November, it will move north for a similar run in Al-

PHOTO: courtesy of Conrad Boyce

Long-time Whitehorse actor, director and playwright Conrad Boyce is coming North with a musical based on the life of Michael Heney, builder of the White Pass & Yukon Railway, with music by Matthew Lien aska and the Yukon. The lead role of Michael Heney will be played on both tours by Shaw Festival veteran Billy Lake. Auditions for the rest of the northern cast (eight men, one woman and one boy) will take place at Selkirk Elementary School on Monday May 8 and Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. Performers must be strong singers, Boyce says. More information about the play and the project’s crowdfunding campaign is available at www. GoFundMe.com/Stonecliff-a-newmusical. Ken Bolton is a former co-editor of What’s Up Yukon.

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Cool to Be Kind

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eg Rodgers is a selfproclaimed “whole food junkie” who exudes kindness in everything she does. It’s not only in the name of her baking company, Kind Whole Foods, but in the kindness she extends to the planet, via the mouth-watering, cruelty-free delicacies she so passionately creates as part of her self-started business. “I think we can all agree that our world is hungry for kindness – from the smallest of acts to powerful sociological ideas – everything is in need of more kindness,” Rodgers says. She is speaking to the fact that her values are directly reflected in all aspects of her budding business. Rodgers, 26, was born and raised in Whitehorse. She has made it her mission to make food that is kind in all aspects: for the

body, for the planet, for the animals and for the soul. That’s why all the raw and baked products she offers – from red velvet berry “cheezecake” to “better than wagon wheels” to salted coconut caramel brownies – are plant based, vegan and naturally gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free. If any of this foodie terminology is foreign to you, no need to fear. Rodgers is all about keeping things simple and whole, she just wants to make sure her food satisfies all diets and allergy needs, so that everybody can enjoy delicious food guilt-free, and that nobody feels left out. Though Kind Whole Foods has only been registered as a business for a few months, the idea was planted many years ago. “Growing up, my family always sat down and had dinner togeth-

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er,” Rodgers says, laughing as she describes her parents waiting until after her evening competitive gymnast practice to eat dinner. “Eating healthy and enjoying food together instilled in me from a young age to eat for health.” As a child, Rodgers was unable to consume dairy, and in 2009, she was diagnosed with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to intestinal damage. There may be plenty of gluten free options lining grocery store shelves and bakeries these days, but this wasn’t the case when Rodgers was young. Luckily, her family jumped on board immediately – her dad even started baking gluten free goodies she could enjoy. Instead of succumbing to frustration and celiac woes, Rodger’s diagnosis encouraged her to get creative in the kitchen. “(It) led me on quite the food journey to a connection with food that goes far beyond the notion of hunger being satisfied,” Rodgers says. It also made it made her realize that the food she ate had a powerful effect on her health, and could be the difference between health and disease. “In my eyes, it’s just common sense: fuel your body with real, minimally processed, plant-based, natural foods and your body will do nothing but thank you.” While Rodgers is predominantly vegan, her philosophy isn’t about labels. She believes that you don’t have to be an extremist to have a positive impact. Sure, terms like “vegan” and “gluten-free” might scare some people off she admits, and initially she entertained concerns about whether the Yukon could accommodate such a niche business. Ultimately, she has decided to fully embrace her whole foods approach, which focuses on being organic, sustainable, local and of course, delicious and healthy. “I think there’s always a place for it and people will appreciate the passion behind it,” Rodgers says. Her Yukon customers seem to agree. “I made some of my wagon cont’d on page 13...


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wheels and brought them to work. One of my coworkers tried them and couldn’t believe they were vegan,” Rodgers says. After completing a business degree, Rodgers left Canada for a six-month backpacking trip to India and other parts of Asia. Traveling helped her satisfy her thirst for adventure, and it made her realize that she wanted to find a way to do what she loves for a living. When she returned from her adventures abroad, she started baking and supplying desserts to The Cork and Bull and The Birch and Bear. Though she didn’t get to see the satisfied reviews of her chocolate quinoa cake indulging customers, baking for restaurants sparked the idea that her love of baking could be more than just a hobby. In 2015, Rodgers ventured further by selling her sweet treats at the Fireweed Community Market, where she got to see feedback and reviews to Kind Whole Foods firsthand. As options that are both gluten and dairy free are few and far between, she says locals were thrilled to see products like this. “There is nothing better than the community we have here in the Yukon,” she says. “Having a reason to be out and part of it is what I really thrive on.” Though Rodgers currently works a full-time job, she says it

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motivates her to continue feeding her personal passions on her own time. When off the clock, she can be found in her kitchen, armed with her Vitamix and food processor, conjuring new plant-based creations, responding to online orders, designing community workshops, or doing marketing for her business. Even with enough orders to keep her busy most nights of the week, Rodger’s venture is a one-woman show. “Whether baking or selling, I’m in the kitchen every day. It’s what I love to do.” For now, Rodgers is content fulfilling orders in her small commercial kitchen, but expansion is her dream for Kind Whole Foods. She envisions a storefront or café with a nutritious breakfast and lunch menu. “Eat what makes you happy and makes your body feel good. Eating local and organic is good for you, and for the environment. “One treat at a time, I’ll convert you,” Rodgers says with a smile. Meg Rodgers’ treats can be ordered through her website www. KindWholeFoods.com, her Kind Whole Foods Facebook page or by email at KindWholeFoods@gmail. com.

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Women’s Issue

Celebrate the Women in Your Life

Learning to celebrate, witness, hold space , support, honour and deeply love the women in your life by Aislinn Cornett

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was five-years-old when I broke my first tooth. I was skidooing with my dad on our faithful, yellow Tundra. I was sitting up front, my small body tucked (somewhat safely) between the handles and my much larger dad. When we careened over an unexpected bump, my face flew forward, my teeth connecting with the ski-doo’s dash. When I was eight-years-old, I broke my second tooth. I was sledding with my two brothers and two best friends. At some point in time, probably at my suggestion (no doubt to flex my girl muscle), I wound up dragging all four boys behind me in the toboggan. Sounds reasonable, right? Here’s the clincher. I dragged them with my teeth. You might be wondering how on earth I managed such a task. Like any strong, capable girl would, of course. I chomped that frayed rope between my teeth, pulled up the sleeves of my snowsuit, and pulled with all my might. There is a time in a young girl’s life when she decides she has something to prove, something more to amount to, some inferiority to boys she wants to challenge, a fierce will and dogged determination to stand up for herself. This, was that time for me. You see, as a girl growing up in rural Whitehorse, surrounded by hole digging, tree climbing, trampoline bouncing, stick throwing boys, at times, I felt like I had to assimilate. Don’t get me wrong, I loved being “one of the boys.” The saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. So, I did, and wholeheartedly. Perhaps I garnered more scrapes, bumps and bruises in the process, but I wore my colourful wounds like badges of pride. I had been accepted into the brotherhood and there was no way I was going to admit anything was too high, too steep, or too dangerous. My motto was simple (though in hindsight, naive), if they can do it, so can I. I had my moments of course, somewhere in between the spitting, hair tearing and imaginary gun play, where I needed to retreat into my girl cave. My girl cave took on many forms, but as a rule, was peaceful, surrounded by books (extra points if it was hidden), and far

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away from any boys. Here, in my cozy cocoon of a sanctuary, I poured over pages of books, and allowed myself to feel whatever the stories evoked in me: fear at the snarling ogre who chased the heroine, joy at the adventure of children whisked away to magical lands, sadness when two starcrossed lovers were separated against their will. In my cave, my range of emotions were welcomed, and no one could ever claim that I was too sensitive or too emotional. As a grown woman, I can happily announce that I have a healthy set of teeth. I understand that I don’t need

to haul a brood of boys in a wooden toboggan to validate my strength. I also understand that great power can come from sensitivity. Having worked alongside many empowered women in my professional career as an art therapist, and having walked alongside many empowered women as a daughter, sister and friend, I recognize the many challenges that women face. Society often places demands on women that are impossible to live up to. Nor should women feel the need to live up to these impossible standards. Women are encouraged to be gentle and soft, and yet when our emotions over-

flow, we are perceived as being too sensitive, emotional or even worse, dramatic. There is increasing demand today for women to be perfect in all realms: as partners in our relationships, as employees or bosses at our jobs, and as mothers to our children. We are expected to be strong, to hold it all together for the sake of others, to balance our individual stresses and insecurities, and when cracks form, we are seen as weak and incapable. I will confess that women are mysterious creatures, and at times a kettle of contradictions, but I believe this is largely because of the mixed messages we receive in

our homes, in the workforce and from the media. We are told to be soft and strong, and yet, not too soft, because that would be perceived as weakness, and not too strong, because that would be perceived as dominant, aggressive and overconfident. Woman are to be celebrated in all shapes and forms. For our rootedness, for our ability to connect and heal, for our intuitive emotional wisdom, for our bottomless compassion, for our range of colourful emotions – from sadness to anger to elation. There is no one way to be a woman, just as there is no one way to be a man. No one can define this, but each individual for themselves. I encourage you to celebrate the women in your life. Listen to her, embrace her and validate her feelings. Allow her to be exactly where she is. Accept what she presents and don’t expect her to be anything more, or less. I encourage you to express appreciation and gratitude to your mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, teachers and friends, who have undoubtedly gifted you some pearl of beauty in the time your paths have crossed. I encourage you to give the women in your life space and solitude when and if they need it. I encourage you to witness, to hold space, to share, to support, to honour and to deeply love. I look back at my childhood and see a capable, strong girl who was trying to meet or surpass expectations that nobody had placed on her, but herself. I didn’t have to be as rugged as the boys. My tears were just as welcome as my stubborn strength. I was standing up for something that I didn’t need to. What I didn’t recognize at the time, was that I had so much wisdom and knowledge to share – about expression of emotion, about sensitivity to living things, about being a positive influence. I could have taught the men in my life about what it means to be a woman, instead of fighting to prove that I could measure up to them. Aislinn Cornett is an art therapist, writer, artist and adventurer born in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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In the graphic novel The Story of My Tits, author and illustrator Jennifer Hayden narrates how hers developed — both breasts and identity — in tandem and simultaneously unfolds a story of contested self-worth, family, imperfect love and loss cer hits twice more. And the third time it’s her own. So, yes, this is a graphic novel about breasts. But Hayden really uses the “story of my tits” as an abbreviation to reveal the challenging and changing relationships we have with ourselves and each other throughout our lives. Through the development of her “tits,” from nonexistent, to novel pleasures, to breastfeeding tools, to agents of cancer, they changed shape, status and roles, and, as a person, Hayden did, too.

But, like life, don’t take it all too seriously. If the title hasn’t already tipped you off, Hayden maintains a surprising lightness with her frank sarcasm and selfdeprecating sincerity throughout. It made me cringe, laugh out loud and audibly sigh, all omens of a good book, indeed! 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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Then, on the eve of her graduation, Hayden’s mother is diagnosed with breast cancer. The diagnosis is followed by a radical mastectomy and the thusfar-humourous-story-of-tits becomes an emotive and raw story of life, the nearness of death, and living in spite of it. As the ghost of cancer reveals fissures in her family, Hayden invites us to observe the naked turmoil left bare by its wake. The aftermath, including a not-so-secret affair eating away at her parent’s marriage, causes Hayden to reconstruct her ideas around what partnerships and love look like, and come to terms with the infinite understandings of what those are. And then, as she grows into a woman, marries, and has children of her own, breast can-

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Hume shows us how taking time to listen and scratch just below the surface can offer a lifetime of discovery and appreciation mercial trade and rural industry, and a complex social pattern born out of its mix. Hume, a journalist for 45+ years, integrates his research talents into the book’s vignettes, helping to highlight the intricate patchwork of those relationships with genuine and deliberate interest. Honest and personable, Hume

doesn’t shy away from critiquing those social narratives and voicing his concern about risky or destructive environmental practices; but amidst those warnings A Walk With the Rainy Sisters is highly celebratory in nature. Beautifully written, with thick descriptions of first, second and third-hand experiences, I would suggest enjoying the Rainy Sisters in intervals to allow your introspective fog to burn off between readings. This compilation isn’t an excessively long read and the stories are short, each only numbering a few pages, but I would suggest taking time to get through it. Hume covers a dense variety of themes and they read more like meditative observations that ask for further contemplation. A Walk With the Rainy Sisters may be acutely focussed on British Columbia, but it’s reminiscent of any place you many know personally in that it is a reminder that every place and every person has a story (or multiple stories) entangled behind the outer mask. Hume shows us how taking time to listen and scratch just below the surface can offer a lifetime of discovery and appreciation. 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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he quietness is however short lived, the silence broke as soon as I approached the harnesses… It was their way of showing their will to go; their desire to work. They were 50, and yet only 14 would be taken for the first round. And they knew it very well! As soon as I put a foot in the kennel, a leash in my hand to bring them to the stake out, their barking redoubled in intensity, as if to say me “Pick me, pick me”. They knew the routine: the operation would repeat itself 13 more times. So, when they realized that time hadn’t yet come for them, they moderated themselves somewhat. The chosen one showed his joy: prancing on with impatience, then leaping in all directions, so much so that I found it difficult to attach the leash and release him from the chain. Once at the end of the rope, he pulled relentlessly (most of the time, I suspected him wanting to tear my arm off), through the kennel aisles to show to the rest of the team that this time, he won the lottery. Unbeknownst, however, was

that it wasn’t a coincidence deciding the ones who came today. The day before, in front of her training notebook, Marcelle carefully prepared the teams, keeping in mind the qualities of each, the affinities between them, and above all, watching that none of them lagged behind in terms of kilometres traveled. Meanwhile, I watched her closely; I endeavoured to understand why these combinations, and not others. Some of her dogs would only guide tourists’ tours, the others had already begun their preparation to run big sled races, this winter, or in future years: Marcelle has the dream, a little crazy perhaps, to run – in the same year – the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest, the two most legendary races of all time. Once the whole team was staked out, a calm fell over the kennel. Those who remained in their niches retained their energy for the “drawing” of the second 16 kilometres. The selected ones reserved their strength for what awaited them. They remained quietly in their place, almost immobile, and

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Community EVENTS ATLIN Wed, May, 3, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Wed, May, 10, Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre

BEAVER CREEK Fri, May, 5, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat, May, 6, Women’s Yoga 9:00 am Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Sat, May, 6, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon, May, 8, Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue, May, 9, Women’s Yoga 7:00 pm Nelnah Bessie John School Just yourself in comfortable clothing Tue, May, 9, Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club

CARCROSS Wed, May, 3, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, May, 3, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, May, 3, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, May, 3, Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Wed, May, 3, AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed, May, 3, School Council 7:00 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, May, 4, Executive Council Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu, May, 4, CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, May, 4, 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, May, 4, Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu, May, 4, Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat, May, 6, Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sat, May, 6, Youth Drop In 8:00 pm Carcross Community Centre Sun, May, 7, St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon, May, 8, Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon, May, 8, AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, May, 9, Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, May, 9, 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, May, 9, Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue, May, 9, Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue, May, 9, Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue, May, 9, Tlingit Language Game Nights 6:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue, May, 9, Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed, May, 10, Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed, May, 10, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen.cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed, May, 10, Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed, May, 10, 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

CHAMPAGNE Sat, May, 6, Takhini-Dakwakada-Champagne Community Land Use Plan & CAFN S 11:00 am Champagne Hall Call 634-4200 for more information.

DAWSON CITY Until May 9 Art Exhibit - 2017 Year End Exhibit SOVA School of Visual Arts A culminating moment in each student’s artistic journey through a variety of studio exercises, academic assignments and personal challenges over the course of the school year. Wed, May, 3, YEU Local Y026 (Klondike) monthly meeting 7:00 pm YTG Property management building Wed, May, 3, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu, May, 4, Bad Singer: An Evening with Tim Falconer & Lana Welchman 7:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture A thoughtful and entertaining chronicle of author Tim Falconer’s quest to understand music’s role in human evolution, the science behind tone-deafness and how to retrain the adult brain. Thu, May, 4, Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri, May, 5, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, May, 5, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri, May, 5, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri, May, 5, Harmonica George McConkey 6:00 pm Westminster Hotel In the Tavern

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Fri, May, 5, Happy Hour with Jesse Smith 6:00 pm Westminster Hotel Sat, May, 6, Breaking Dawson: Break-dancing for beginners 11:00 am KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Kids ages 6 to 10 with basic beginner steps in break-dancing,in five one-hour sessions kids will learn basic routine and encourage the participants to create their own steps. Email kiac@kiac.ca to register. Sat, May, 6, 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, May, 6, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sun, May, 7, St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Mon, May, 8, Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon, May, 8, Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue, May, 9, Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at) me.com 867-993-2520 Tue, May, 9, Dawson City Council Meeting 7:00 pm Dawson City Town Hall The meetings are aired live on Dawson City TV Channel 12. Council holds a Question Period at each meeting that takes place towards the end of the meeting. This provides the public an opportunity to ask Council questions. 867993-7400 Wed, May, 10, CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

FARO Wed, May, 3, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, May, 3, Yoga in the Sportsmans Lounge 4:30 pm Faro Recreation Centre No previous yoga experience needed! Led by Cathrine McCormick, Ages 15+ Wed, May, 3, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Fri, May, 5, Faro Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival Town of Faro A weekend of wildlife viewing, speakers, workshops, food, and more. Fri, May, 5, Seniors Crib and Cards 2:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri, May, 5, Annual Community Clean Up 2:00 pm Town of Faro A big clean up before our Crane and Sheep festival, meet at the town hall to pick up gloves and bags, an appreciation BBQ will be held after. Fri, May, 5, Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sat, May, 6, Annual Community Clean Up 2:00 pm Town of Faro A big clean up before our Crane and Sheep festival, meet at the town hall to pick up gloves and bags, an appreciation BBQ will be held after. Sun, May, 7, Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun, May, 7, Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Sun, May, 7, Annual Community Clean Up 2:00 pm Town of Faro A big clean up before our Crane and Sheep festival, meet at the town hall to pick up gloves and bags, an appreciation BBQ will be held after. Mon, May, 8, Kids in the Kitchen 3:30 pm Del Van Gorder School Email recreation@faroyukon.ca Wed, May, 10, Parent & Tot Storytime 11:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed, May, 10, Yoga in the Sportsmans Lounge 4:30 pm Faro Recreation Centre No previous yoga experience needed! Led by Cathrine McCormick, Ages 15+ Wed, May, 10, Campbell Region Training Fund Society AGM 6:15 pm Yukon College Faro Campus Wed, May, 10, Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting.

HAINES JUNCTION Wed, May, 3, Southern Tutchone Classes 8:30 am Da Ku Cultural Centre These are free classes open to everyone. Class times are 8.40 – 10.10 am (Dákų̀ culture centre classroom) 10.30 – 12 pm (CAFN Council chambers) 1.45-2.45pm (Nätsèkhį Kų̀). Call Luke at 667-5992 for more information. Wed, May, 3, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed, May, 3, Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu, May, 4, Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu, May, 4, Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu, May, 4, Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thu, May, 4, Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Fri, May, 5, Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sun, May, 7, St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Licensed Lay Leader: Lynn De Brabandere 867-634-2360 Mon, May, 8, Gwaandak Theatre Presents - The Unplugging 1:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre Mon, May, 8, Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, May, 9, Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue, May, 9, Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Wed, May, 10, Southern Tutchone Classes 8:30 am Da Ku Cultural Centre These are free classes open to everyone. Class times are 8.40 – 10.10 am (Dákų̀ culture centre classroom) 10.30 – 12 pm (CAFN Council chambers) 1.45-2.45pm (Nätsèkhį Kų̀ ). Call Luke at 667-5992 for more information. Wed, May, 10, Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School

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MARSH LAKE Wed, May, 3, Book Reading with Author Bob Hayes 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Bob Hayes will read from his novel ZHOH The Clan of the Wolf Wed, May, 3, Waste Mgnt Society Meeting 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Fri, May, 5, Jackalope Friday Dinners 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Fri, May, 5, Drop-in Volleyball 8:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@ gmail.com Sat, May, 6, Tot Group 10:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat, May, 6, PUMP Bootcamp 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sat, May, 6, Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@ gmail.com Sun, May, 7, Drop in Badminton 11:00 am Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, May, 9, North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, May, 9, Tot Group 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue, May, 9, Yoga with Richard 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Tue, May, 9, Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@yogawhitehorse.ca Tue, May, 9, Local Advisory Council 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre followed by hot apple cider and refreshments. 660-4999

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Fri, May, 5, Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun, May, 7, St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Tue, May, 9, Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus

OLD CROW Thu, May, 4, Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun, May, 7, St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue, May, 9, Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center

TAGISH Tuesday - Saturdays Tagish Treasures Thrift Store 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Wed, May, 3, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, May, 3, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, May, 3, Tagish Advisory Council meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca Sat, May, 6, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun, May, 7, Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 7:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903 tagishcc@gmail.com Tue, May, 9, Pickleball 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis. Wed, May, 10, Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed, May, 10, Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed, May, 3, Live Words:Yukon Writers Festival Rewilding the World 6:30 pm Teslin Public Library With guest speaker James MacKinnon TESLIN Thu, May, 4, 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, May, 5, Youth Club 8:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 335-4250 for more information. Tue, May, 9, Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:15 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Tue, May, 9, 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

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-of-the-art panoramic video and surroundsound systems. Thu, May, 4, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu, May, 4, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Thu, May, 4, 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. Sun, May, 7, St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon, May, 8, Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue, May, 9, Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Tue, May, 9, 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 | 766-2545 Until, May 27 White Fang: When Hollywood Came to Haines Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre An exhibit celebrating the filming of White Fang here in the Chilkat Valley. Listen to first-hand accounts, see hundreds of photos from the filming process, and tell us your own stories! Wed, May, 3, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, May, 3, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 3, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, May, 3, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, May, 3, Finish College Alaska! UAS Ketchikan academic open advising 5:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, May, 3, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 3, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, May, 3, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 3, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Thu, May, 4, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu, May, 4, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, May, 5, The Very Big Rummage Sale Southeast Alaska State Fair Grounds (Harriett Hall) Dropoff Donations May 5, Main Sale May 6, Clearance Sale May 7, Harriet Hall and Payson Pavillion Fri, May, 5, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri, May, 5, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, May, 5, Story time @ Library 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, May, 5, Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, May, 5, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri, May, 5, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri, May, 5, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Sun, May, 7, Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun, May, 7, St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun, May, 7, Bible Club & Christian Education 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Mon, May, 8, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon, May, 8, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, May, 8, Strength and Stretch 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, May, 8, Mother Goose Stories and Songs @ Library 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, May, 8, Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, May, 8, Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, May, 8, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon, May, 8, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon, May, 8, Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, May, 9, Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Tue, May, 9, Tai Chi 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue, May, 9, Youth Movement BASEMENT 5:15 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts

Tue, May, 9, Spring Music Fest - 5th grade thru 12th HBSD 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 10, Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed, May, 10, Tai Chi 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 10, Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed, May, 10, Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, May, 10, Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 10, Homework Help @ the Library 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed, May, 10, Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 10, Spring Music Fest - Kindergarten thru 4th grade HBSD 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed, May, 10, Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar

SKAGWAY Wed, May, 3, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, May, 3, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, May, 3, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Wed, May, 3, Jazz Funk Class 7:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Students will learn the fundamentals of jazz dance, such as isolation’s, flexibility, and balance. Great for beginners, but will have more challenging movements for those more advanced 907-983-2679 k.nelson@skagway.org Thu, May, 4, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, May, 4, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu, May, 4, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, May, 4, Easy Does it Yoga- Restorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu, May, 4, Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Fri, May, 5, Spinning w/ Dena 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, May, 6, Community Sale Skagway Recreation Centre Reuse, reduce and re-purpose, whats one mans junk is one mans treasure, Come check out the community garage sale, something for everyone. 983-2629 Sat, May, 6, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Sat, May, 6, Bouncy House Fun Time! 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sat, May, 6, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sat, May, 6, Volleyball For Adults 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sun, May, 7, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Mon, May, 8, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, May, 8, Easy Does it Yoga- Restorative Yoga w/Jeanne- ALL Level 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, May, 8, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mon, May, 8, Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mon, May, 8, Teen - Adult Hip Hop 7:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Students will learn the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. 907-983-2679 k.nelson@skagway.org Tue, May, 9, Mindful Vinyasa Flow 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, May, 9, Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, May, 9, Senior Chair Based Weight Training 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue, May, 9, Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue, May, 9, Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, May, 10, SpinFlex w/Katherine 7:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Wed, May, 10, TRX Suspension Training 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed, May, 10, Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Wed, May, 10, Jazz Funk Class 7:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Students will learn the fundamentals of jazz dance, such as isolation’s, flexibility, and balance. Great for beginners, but will have more challenging movements for those more advanced 907-983-2679 k.nelson@skagway.org

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La séance du printemps 2017 de l’Assemblée législative du Yukon a été convoquée jeudi 20 avril 2017. L’Assemblée siège du lundi au jeudi de 13 h à 17 h 30. Les archives et la couverture audio en direct, de même que les archives du signal vidéo des travaux législatifs, sont disponibles sur le site web de l’Assemblée législative à : http://www.legassembly.gov.yk.ca/fr/house/cop.html La première heure des travaux de l’Assemblée législative du Yukon est télédiffusée à 11 h et 18 h le jour suivant les travaux, sur le service de télévision par câble de Northwestel, chaîne 9, à Whitehorse. Diffusion audio en direct au 93,5 FM. Le feuilleton, la transcription du Hansard et la couverture audio et télévisuelle de chaque jour de séance peuvent être consultés à : http://www.legassembly.gov.yk.ca/fr/ Le sous-titrage codé est disponible.

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Active Interest LISTINGS Wed, May, 3-7 Yukon Open Squash Championship 12:00 am Better Bodies Crosstraining Centre Drinks and pizza on Friday, Saturday morning coffee and snacks, a potluck at Better Bodies on Saturday at 5pm, an after-party with cash prizes at the Woodcutter’s Blanket, All members from Novice to Open can now register sign up at court three Wed, May, 3 Insanity Live - Mornings 6:00 am Peak Fitness Get ready to unleash your inner athlete and reach your personal best—because progress starts outside your comfort zone. 6 Weeks Wed, May, 3 Mommy Barre 10:00 am Long Lean Mean Fitness Designed specifically for postpartum women, focuses on strength, posture, core and flexibility. Inspired by a blend of ballet barre work, strength training. Wed, May, 3 MommyFIT: New PostNatal Bootcamp 10:30 am N60 Combative Arts For 8 weeks, Each week will get progressively more challenging, for all fitness levels! Wed, May, 3 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, May, 3 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 668-4976 or Kat at 334-1547. Wed, May, 3 AGM-SPORT YUKON 7:00 pm Biathlon Range Wed, May, 3 Adult Drop In 7:45 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Call 6684794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Thu, May, 4 One Hour Drop In Classes - Barreilates 5:15 pm Long Lean Mean Fitness This class sculpts, tones, and gives you a strong core. Register online or call 334-3479 for more information. Thu, May, 4 Bouldering with ACC 7:30 pm Yukon College Email for location, membership details info@accyukon.ca

Thu, May, 4 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, May, 5 Insanity Live - Mornings 6:00 am Peak Fitness Get ready to unleash your inner athlete and reach your personal best—because progress starts outside your comfort zone. 6 Weeks Fri, May, 5 MommyFIT: New Post-Natal Bootcamp 1:30 pm N60 Combative Arts For 8 weeks, Each week will get progressively more challenging, for all fitness levels! Fri, May, 5 Golden Horn Judo 3:30 pm Golden Horn Elementary Fri, May, 5 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 Sat, May, 6 Ski Patrol Open Housing and Info Session 9:00 am Mount Sima Come on out to learn about the ski patrol. If interested, stick around, as this will be the first day of the advanced first aid training. Sat, May, 6 Family Drop In 3:00 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 9 and under, must be accompanied by a parent. Call 668-4794 or email info@ polarettes.org for more information. Sun, May, 7 Youth Discover Scuba Diving Virginia Labelle Learn about scuba and basic scuba safety, and getting our gear ready and practice some scuba skills before we enter the Weightless World of the deep end for some frisbee fun! Call 332-0351 for more information, and to register! Mon, May, 8 Insanity Live - Mornings 6:00 am Peak Fitness Get ready to unleash your inner athlete and reach your personal best—because progress starts outside your comfort zone. 6 Weeks Mon, May, 8 MommyFIT: New Post-Natal Bootcamp 1:30 pm N60 Combative Arts For 8 weeks, Each week will get progressively more challenging, for all fitness levels!

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Changing Direction New York jazz musician John Stetch plays The Old Fire Hall with his quartet on May 10

May 3, 2017

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Members of the New York-based quartet, Vulneraville, (from left) Ben Tiberio, Philippe Lemm, Steve Kortyka and John Stetch, with midtown Manhattan in the background

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Changing Direction ... cont’d words. “Do you want to be serious?” Stetch recalls the maestro asking. “I said, ‘Of course. I am professional already,’ and he said, ‘Well, you need to play better than that.’” Stetch credits that encounter, and his subsequent studies with Hatheway, with changing his life, especially his approach to playing the piano. “In terms of the physical connection with the piano, and making sound, and unlocking kind of a new love for beauty and sound in music, and phrasing, I think he’s the guy for that,” Stetch says. “But in terms of ideas and compositional textures and all those kinds of things, that just comes from everywhere.” Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Stetch was exposed to an eclectic mix of music. His father played saxophone in dance bands and had an extensive collection of jazz records. Two of his uncles were closely connected to Edmonton’s venerable jazz club, The Yardbird Suite, from its beginnings. Then, there was the strong cultural and folkloric tradition of his family’s Ukrainian heritage. In his teens, Stetch played sax with Dumka, a popular wedding band in the Edmonton area. “I didn’t really like classical that much when I was younger, because I associated it with a culture of people that I didn’t feel I would relate to,” he admits. “I don’t know exactly what that means, but I love it very much now. Whenever I do listen to music, it’s mostly that.” Coming out of high school, and wanting to pursue music, Stetch thought the music program at the University of Alberta might be the answer. “But the only thing they of-

fered for me was classical saxophone, because I was a sax player. I wasn’t very good, and I wasn’t really good enough to do classical, but that was the only fit. It was not hard to get in, but it wasn’t very fun.” He found a better fit at Grant

ism, drew praise from Downbeat magazine as “one of the best solo piano recordings in recent years.” The positive response to that album surprised Stetch, who had originally thought it would be “silly” to try incorporating Ukrainian themes into the jazz idiom.

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Stetch’s signature meld of classical music with traditional jazz, flavoured by Eastern European and even pop musical references, will be on display in Whitehorse on Wednesday, May 10 at a special Jazz Yukon-sponsored concert at The Old Fire Hall MacEwan University, then a community college, where he made the transition from sax to piano at the age of 19. Later, he pursued a full music degree at McGill, which also exposed him to a rich jazz scene. “There were so many people playing, and we were located right downtown. That was a great time.” During more than two decades of composing and performing, Stetch has racked up six Juno nominations and released 16 albums so far. One of them, a solo piano trilogy entitled Ukrainian-

“In fact, some of the best responses were from non-Ukrainian people. They appreciated that it was from my roots, and that it was from a true place. So that was interesting.” Although Stetch is best known as a jazz musician, he isn’t comfortable with rigid categorization of musical genres. “Especially in the music schools, it seems crazy to me that there’s a whole classical department of people that only teach classical, and then there’s the specialist jazz people. It’s starting to blend and bleed over a bit now,

and I want to be involved in that,” he says. “It seems so segregated right now. Or, when it is a mishmash, they have to make a big deal, and they have to say we’re a blend of all kinds of things. Really, I think it will turn out that there will be so many blends that there will either be a million different channels, or categories, or else we’ll just call it music.” Stetch’s signature meld of classical music with traditional jazz, flavoured by Eastern European and even pop musical references, will be on display in Whitehorse on Wednesday, May 10 at a special Jazz Yukon-sponsored concert at The Old Fire Hall. Besides Stetch, the quartet known as Vulneraville consists of Steve Kortyka on sax, Philippe Lemm on drums and Ben Tiberio on bass. While they’ve only played together for a year, the four have already produced one live album and have developed “sort of a tribe language,” Stetch says. “There’s more ease and fluidity with the stuff the more we play. A lot more kind of smiling at each other, that sort of thing. It’s my first group ever where I’ve really felt a sense of devotion. We get together pretty much every week, just to get more ease with it, and a deeper understanding and evolution.” The current tour also marks the beginning of a homecoming for Stetch, who will be relocating to Vancouver in the coming months. The May 10 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.yukontickets.com, as well as at Arts Underground and the Yukon Arts Centre box office. Ken Bolton is a freelance writer who lives southeast of Whitehorse.

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eagyn Vallevand is an impressive young woman who pours her heart and soul into many different pockets of the Yukon. Vallevand is a member of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and her whole family has roots from the Whitehorse area. Vallevand is an F.H. Collins graduate. However, she felt lost after high school and yearned to search for her identity as a First Nations person. Vallevand wanted to learn about her true history, an education she never fully received in high school. After much learning and searching, Vallevand was steady on her feet and ready to help other indigenous youths understand their identity. Vallevand has committed herself to this passion with gusto, firmly believing that even if she just helps one person, all of her hard work will be worth it. Vallevand sits on the board for the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and the Northern Cultural Expressions Society. That is just the beginning of her accomplishments. Vallevand is a part-time student at Yukon College, where she’s working towards her degree in First Nation Governance

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then read through Canada’s history in a manner that highlights the Indigenous perspective, while the blankets are manipulated to correspond with the history. Vallevand and her partner Aurora Hardy (another young adult, Kwanlin Dun First Nation) are based out of the Kwanlin Dun Cultural center and run the project as Youth Facilitators. Though it was originally created for youth, an increasing number of adults are partaking in the blanket exercise. Vallevand believes this demographic shift is happening because it’s such an amazing interactive learning opportunity, with an authentic human connection.

Larry Bagnell, a politician, she truly believes, who works for the people. At the office, Vallevand takes on the task of running the Yukon Youth Council, due to her passion for youth empowerment. Vallevand’s passion for working with youth extends past the walls of our Member of Parliament’s office. She regularly helps run Lateral Violence Workshops

Teagyn Vallevand leads healing workshops for indigenous youth PHOTO: Elias Vallevand

Working as a scrutineer in a First Nations election piqued her interest in politics. In her own words, it “opened up a can of worms,” to the concept of the power of the people. Vallevand is a firm believer that everyone needs to be involved in government to some extent. She says it’s a necessity to keep the government accountable and aware of what the people want. As a First Nations person, Vallevand notes it can be difficult working in government. Though her job is officially non-partisan, she’s proud to work for the Hon.

Vallevand described the workshop as building a bridge between the indigenous and non-indigenous community. She says that she’s thankful to be a part of such positive, beautiful and meaningful work. This is a path Vallevand wants to continue. She looks towards the future with a desire to spread lateral kindness and strengthen her community.

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2011 Ford Explorer Ltd 70,645 km Stock# 6R2941A

2012 GMC Acadia Denali 97,873 km Stock# 7T2947A

26,995

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25,495

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2014 Ford F-150 XLT 4x4

21,495

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27,995

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2014 Nissan Juke Nismo AWD 62,699 km Stock# 7J1457A

19,995

$

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Call Lee, Luke or Justin at 668-4436

2015 Pathfinder S AWD 15,439 km Stock# L1020

2261 Second Avenue, Whitehorse Yukon Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 6 PM, Sales open Saturday 9 AM - 4:30 PM For Services on All Vehicles, call 667-4435

28,995

$

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May 3, 2017

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Jobsite Table Saw SKU 886669

was 34999 now 29949

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was 28999 now 17597

40

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was 15999 now 9597

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was 34999 now 14997

was 34999 now 24997

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was 24999 now 17497

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was $1299 now only $517 Tool Trade in!

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99

was 18999 now 14249

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Create an amazing kitchen with Kreg! Whether you’re building new cabinets or updating existing ones, this kit has everything you need! The Hardware Installation Solutions included make it easy to install knobs and pulls, drawer slides, and concealed door hinges with accurate, repeatable, professional-quality results. The Multi-Mark™ makes layout faster and easier, and the included Crown-Pro™ simplifies cutting and installing crown molding. There’s even a Cabinetmaking Booklet to guide you through building cabinets from scratch using Kreg Joinery™.

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97

was 21999 now 14897

40% OFF Jatoba Hardwood was $1599 now $997

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Sylvania

100w equivalent LED bulbs, cool or warm was $1699 now $677

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Cherry Hardwood was $1449 now $867

Richelieu moving blankets

*not exactly as shown 99

was $19 now $712

Tigerwood Hardwood was $1549 now $929

Playa

Beige & Taupe tiles SKU 898296/ 898303

was 299 now 137

30% OFF

1000 #8 x 3”

Brass deck screws was 3999 now 2797

30% OFF

1000 #8 x 3”

Green deck screws was 4999 now 3497

50% OFF 1/2HP Jet pump with tank SKU 903182

was 39999 now 19997

WE expanded by 10,000 SQ FT,

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making us

PLUS WE ADDED 2 MORE TILLS TO INCREASE CHECK OUT SPEED AND A CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK

THE LARGEST HOME HARDWARE in Canada!

August 2016

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