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he annual BYTE Battle of the Bands has been taking place for over a decade, which will feature up to 10 groups, has teamed up for the second year with Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous as an affiliated event at Shipyards Park. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 22 and is open to youth bands – which are defined as having members under 30 years of age. What’s Up Yukon is excited to be providing a prize of a feature article on this year’s winner in a future issue. The Battle of the Bands attracts a wide variety of acts, according to BYTE Community Outreach Coordinator Tayo Adamek. “It is open to any genre of music and in the past we’ve seen all kinds of acts; from jazz to metal to hip hop/rappers,” Adamek said. “This year we have jazz bands from Vanier, rapper Antarcticus, and some other hip hop artists, to name a few. We also expect a couple of rock bands.” Past winners include some of

the better-known names in the Whitehorse music scene and have gone on from the Battle of the Bands to perform shows including the Dawson City Music Festival, the Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Canada Day celebrations, and have even embarked on Canadian tours.

Whitehorse-based Ukes of Hazard won in 2017 and took on all of these after performing last February. (Ed. note: Ukes of Hazard were featured in the April 19, 2017 issue of WUY)

They played both Dawson and Atlin festivals and embarked on a 23 day tour playing 15 venues in British Columbia and Alberta. The 2013 winner Vision Quest, a First Nation hip hop group, also launched onto larger performances in the Yukon and Outside. “Vision Quest toured across Canada after they won Battle of the Bands,” Adamek said. The show is judged by a panel of volunteers invited to participate by the organizing committee. They are targeted individuals with some expertise in music. “The judges are people who are involved in music,” Adamek explained. “Like people with Music Yukon, or other musicians in the territory.” Adamek noted that BYTE tries to involve youth as much as possible, so this year the Master of Ceremonies will be a young man who has been developing his hosting skills at a variety of events. “We intend to involve as many youth as possible,” Adamek said. “This was another way to cont’d on page 3 ...


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Jeremy Parkin is a member of the Youth Hip Hop Showcase PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

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received a question on just how long you should extend the freezing time of wild, big game meat. There are lengths of time that wild meat should be in the freezer. Big game such as moose, deer, caribou and elk should be kept in freezer for no more than 12 months. Bear meat for no more than six months. If you are going to cut up meat for stew, then you are looking at four months at the extreme. Also, remember that big game should not be cooked as you would domestic animals. There are specific temperatures for different big game – much different from domestic animals. The next issue is how to cook a young animal, and how to cook an old animal. This is where the proper temperatures come in – which differ from a young animal to an old animal. One recipe does not fit all, even if it’s the same type of animal. This is the downfall of substituting domestic recipes for cooking wild game. There is also different ways of cooking specific meats even from the same animal. Small game such as rabbit or snowshoe hare has a freezing time 10 months at the extreme. If you are a serious hunter, then spend some money on one of those freeze wrap machines. My wife, Lisa, has one of these machines and it makes all the difference in the time you have the meat in the freezer and holding that great taste. Also, never leave your wild

game meat out of the freezer to thaw at room temperatures. Take the wild meat out of the freezer and place it in the refrigerator to thaw.

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I have used this recipe with venison, but it would be good with leg of elk or caribou. Doubtful with moose. The venison meat for these kebabs should be taken from the shoulder and exclude any bone. INGREDIENTS 2 ½ pounds of venison shoulder meat ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup red wine 1 ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp oregano leaves 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped ½ pound of brown mushrooms, stems removed 16 very small white onions, peeled and parboiled 1 large green pepper, cut into 1 ½ inch chunks 16 cherry tomatoes METHOD Cut the meat into 1 ½ inch chunks. Put meat in a large bowl with the marinade ingredients: olive oil, red wine, oregano leaves, garlic, salt and black pepper. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for five hours, then take out the meat and retain the marinade. Using 1-inch metal skewers, place the mushrooms, onions, peppers and tomatoes alternately

PHOTO: Pixabay with the sections of meat on the skewers. Brush the marinade over the entire skewers presentation. Place the skewers on a rack in a broiler pan. Broil for at least 12 minutes at about 5 inches from the source of heat, remembering to turn the meat on the skewer so to brown on all sides. Baste with any of the remaining marinade. This should serve between four and six hungry guests. Murray Martin is a former Ontario Conservation Officer and a long standing member of The Outdoor Writers of Canada.

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Step Outside with Larry Leigh

Caring for the bison hunt rifle T

he suggestions I make here also apply to a November Dempster Highway caribou hunt, but our big winter hunt is for wood bison and certain rifle care options should be considered for this hunt in extreme cold conditions. Over the years since the bison hunt started, a number of hunters have experienced some problems with the operation of their rifles as well as other equipment where steps had not been taken to prep them for low temperatures in the -25ºC to below -40ºC range. Rifles are typically kept clean to keep them workable and this cleaning routine usually finishes with the use of gun-oil, which lubricates the moving parts. Sadly, gun-oil (or any other oil) does not fulfill its duty in extreme cold. Similar to the oil in your vehicle, cold makes the oil thick and stiff and in the case of your rifle, causes the bolt and other moving parts of the action to freeze solid and often makes the firing pin move slowly or freeze in place and not move at all. Nothing will move in the rifle and it will not shoot, so the bison you worked so hard to stalk gets to live another day.

Consider the following suggestions to prevent the rifle freezeup: Clean the action thoroughly before going on the cold weather hunt. Remove all oil from the barrel and especially the action. Spray the moving parts of the action with a solvent that cuts oil. Remove the bolt and soak it in white gas or another oil-cutting solvent. If you are comfortable with taking the bolt apart, do so and wash the parts in the solvent. No oil = no freeze-up. Those of us who wear glasses know what happens when we come inside a warm environment from the cold. Our glasses immediately “fog up” with condensation. It is the same when you are bringing a rifle in from extreme cold, whether it’s into a walltent, cabin or RV, it will immediately cause condensation to form on all parts of the rifle. This will cause rust, but a more immediate problem is that the condensation will freeze solid when the rifle is taken back out into the cold. If you cannot leave the rifle in the cold in your truck or in another secure cold environment, bring it inside in a case and let it warm up very gradually to avoid condensa-

tion. If it must come inside with you, hang it a few feet away from the heat source so condensation will evaporate as it forms. This “sudden extreme cold to warm” environment change is equally dangerous for riflescopes, binoculars and cameras, so the same precautions are suggested for those items. Another worthwhile safety suggestion is to put electrical or duct tape over the muzzle of the rifle when going out in the field. This keeps snow or any other material from entering the muzzle, blocking the barrel and causing the barrel to burst when the rifle is fired. Even a very careful hunter can unknowingly dip the muzzle into the snow while concentrating on the stalk. 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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First Nation motivational speaker from Saskatchewan headlines a gathering to empower youth family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Feb. 17, 18 at the Kwanlin Dün Potlatch House by Stephanie Brown

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Motivational speaker Mike Scott of the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan has a created the “Sober is Sexi” social media campaign and will present a talk called “Finding the Warrior Within”

Next, the youth will then get a hands-on workshop with local artist Daniel Benjamin Gribbon, a member of the Tahltan First Nation who has been involved with multiple projects around White-

of healing. He has more than 2,700 followers on his YouTube channel; several of his videos have been viewed more than 10,000 times, and his most popular video has been viewed more than 56,000 times. “I find it extremely important that our youth’s voice don’t become lost. They should be able to express themselves and be given the chance to be heard. This event is for them, it’s for them to know that we as a community are listening and that we care for their wellbeing,” said YAWC Youth Board member Felicia Bailey-Cashin. “We should be giving them a platform to help them honour the ones they’ve lost or are still looking for. Our youth deserve that support where we can lift them up and let them know that they will be okay.” We hope this event will inspire our youth to grow from their trauma or challenges. It doesn’t have to define them. We want to empower them so they know they can become strong leaders. The workshop aims to help youth find their voice and give them the opportunity to emerge from their struggles by sharing it and connecting youth from all around so they do not feel alone in their struggles. The videos will be showcased at a private film screening in the future. We would like to thank the Yukon Government Women’s Directorate for funding this event. If you want to know more about this event, contact us through email yawc@northwestel.net or call 6676162.

PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

he Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council (YAWC) will host the Gathering of Youth-Family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Kick Off Event on February 17 to 18. This event is geared to inspire Aboriginal youth to find their voice and channel their challenges or struggles by sharing their stories together. One thing that became very evident through the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls inquiry was that giving the families the opportunity to tell their story is important – and this workshop will give participants the opportunity to support one another, lean on each other and hold each other up. There are currently 42 missing and murdered Aboriginal women in the Yukon. “Youth from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls families have a story to tell and it is our hope that this event will give them support and influence to share their stories. In First Nations culture the use of oral teachings gives the next generation the knowledge and strength to carry on,” said YAWC President Doris Anderson. “We hope by giving these youth the opportunity to have a voice in these tragic situations, it can start the healing process and we can grow and learn together from it.” First Nation youth will gather at Kwanlin Dün Nàkwät’à Kų� (Potlatch House) and spend two days learning new tools and resources and start the process of healing through art and film. They will get presentations from local artists, youth groups like The Shãkãt Journal and BYTE and finish off with a presentation from motivational speaker Mike Scott. The Shãkãt Journal will introduce the power of expressing themselves on video. Youth will then participate in a Healthy Minds workshop with BYTE.

shop called Free the Beat with Yukoner Jeremy Linville, a Tahltan First Nation member. The highlight of the event is motivational speaker Mike Scott who will present a talk called

his own transformation and survival – of overcoming addiction and street life – and creating a viral online campaign and a motivational speaker business aimed at helping youth.

“Youth from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls families have a story to tell and it is our hope that this event will give them support and influence to share their stories.” ... YAWC President Doris Anderson

horse, including carving totem poles and dugout canoes, and creating murals. The following day BYTE will facilitate a workshop called Right to be Heard, integrated with a work-

“Finding the Warrior Within.” Mike Scott is from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, and is known for his honest insight into First Nations culture and history. He openly shares stories of

Stephanie Brown is the Communications Coordinator at the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council. The Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council advocates for Aboriginal Women through resources and services in the Yukon and can be contacted at 867-667-6162.

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Until Sat. Feb. 24 The Sinking of the S.S. Princess Sophia Arts Underground A temporary exhibit by our friends at the Dawson City Museum about the sinking of the SS Princess Sophia. Until Sat. Feb. 24 Janet Macpherson: Bestiary Yukon Arts Centre Animals are similarly allegorical, touching on ideas of global migration, the environment, and our relationship to all living things. Until Sat. Feb. 24 Simon James Gilpin: Wilderness, City Yukon Arts Centre Explores the theme of natural landscape and how it is opposed to human made environments. Until Sat. Feb. 24 Vernissage Comportements Humains Arts Underground A variety of artwork such as paintings, sketches, and unique artistic installations. Until Thu. Mar. 1 The Hours in Between Arts Underground This exhibition is celebration of the beauty of the landscape in the immediate Whitehorse area as experienced through plein air painting. Until Sun, Mar, 4 On Our Way Home Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Showcasing new acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. Thu. Feb. 8 Artist Talk: Simon James Gilpin: Wilderness, City 7:30 pm Yukon Arts Centre We will be discussing Simon James Gilpin’s current exhibit of oil paintings, Wilderness, City. Wed. Feb. 14 Art Exhibition - Paul Cyr Loved Cats 5:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum Alice Cyr created this exhibit about her late husband Paul Cyr with love.

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Wed. Feb. 14 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed. Feb. 14 Beer and Bubbles 7:00 pm MacBride Museum An evening of great beer, champagne, live music from the Roaring 20’s and dancing, dress-up party set in era of the Great Gatsby, flappers and jazz music. Call or email for tickets. 667-2709 frontdesk@ macbridemuseum.com Thu. Feb. 15 Hip Hop Show #9 7:00 pm Splintered Craft Same format as last month: With a ton of featured artists, then a free for all jam at the end. Thu. Feb. 15 Jam Night with Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu. Feb. 15 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Thu. Feb. 15 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. Feb. 16 Parker Thomas Jazz 6:00 pm Westmark Whitehorse Join Tom Connor, Nick Mah, Adam Cripps and Gui Chan for an evening of Jazz. Jammers are always welcome. Fri. Feb. 16 The Lucky Ones 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Fri. Feb. 16 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fri. Feb. 16 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat. Feb. 17 The 44th Annual Skookum Jim Folklore Show 7:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre The 44th Annual Skookum Jim Folklore Show will feature: A Fashion Show & Tell, Elder & Youth Keish Awards and much more! Sat. Feb. 17 Bass Burlesque 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Sat. Feb. 17 KRAIG & DJKJ Live 4 Turntable Show Down! 9:00 pm Miner’s Daughter Restaurant An evening of pour funk soul madness on the turntables. ID required Sat. Feb. 17 The Steampunk ball 2.5 9:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon House/ Dance/ Electro-swing and top 40 music brought out by our fantastic DJ line up. Sat. Feb. 17 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat. Feb. 17 Latino Saint Valentine’s Day Party 10:00 pm Antoinette’s Restaurant Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata, Reaggaeton, Trap, Banda, Merengue, House, Trance, Techno, Cocteleria. Fall in love with the cocteleria and taco bar. Tickets at the door. Sun. Feb. 18 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sun. Feb. 18 Sunday Jam and Open Mic 7:00 pm Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill Hosted by local musicians, until late, drink specials. Sun. Feb. 18 Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon. Feb. 19 Monday Night Jam 8:00 pm The Social House Bring your own instrument or play one supplied. Sing some tunes for your friends or sit in and play along. Tue. Feb. 20 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. Feb. 21 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done!

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Sat. Feb. 17 A Rendezvous Affair 9:30 pm Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Sun. Feb. 18 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. Feb. 18 My First Socks 1:00 pm Itsy-Bitsy Yarn Store Learn the skills needed to knit your own socks while we make a cozy pair of house socks. Register by phone 335-9276 or email contact@itsy-bitsy.ca Sun. Feb. 18 Donna’s Coffee Klatch 2:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum Tea, coffee, bannock and a good time provided. A different transportation theme will be explored each week. Regular admission applies. Sun. Feb. 18 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. Feb. 18 Sourdough Sams - Bare ‘N Boot 8:00 pm Jarvis Street Saloon Cover charge at the door. 667-2148 Sun. Feb. 18 Sourdough Sam Knighting 8:00 pm Shipyards Park EPIC Sam show yet, followed by Major Funk and the Employment taking the stage. Tickets in advance online or at the door. 667-2148 Mon. Feb. 19 Free drop-in computer labs 10:00 am Yukon Learn Free Drop-In Computer Lab for Self Directed Studies A tutor/Instructor will be available on site to assist you. 867-668-6280 or toll free: 888-6686280 Fax: 867-633-4576 Mon. Feb. 19 Moccasin Making Workshop 5:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre Learn how to make moccasins in this amazing workshop with artist and academic Shelby Blackjack. Register at the Yukon Arts Centre by calling or online. Mon. Feb. 19 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. Feb. 19 Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Tue. Feb. 20 International Snow Carving Exhibition Shipyards Park Come view the majesty and inspirations as carvers come from all over to carve in the first ever Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Snow Carving Exhibition. 667-2148 ‘Tue. Feb. 20 to Wed. Feb.21 4th Annual Industry Conference Coast High Country Inn To register or to know more please call 667-7545 or email business@ whitehorsechamber.ca Tue. Feb. 20 Create the Business You Really Want 6:00 pm (co)space coworking space` 3-week entrepreneurial exploration program designed to assist early-stage entrepreneurs in becoming mindful about why they want to run their own business and how to make it the success they desire. Register online. Tue. Feb. 20 Drink & Draw 6:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles Bring your sketchbook, paints, or whatever creative outlet you want to make time for, and come enjoy happy-hour drink prices and food specials! Wed. Feb. 21 Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 633-6081 Terry or Michèle Wed. Feb. 21 TED Talk Huddle 3:30 pm (co)space coworking space` Each week we’ll select a new topic/ Talk and hang around to discuss! You never know what amazing things some shots of mid-week creativity will spark. Wed. Feb. 21 Introduction To Web Development 6:00 pm (co)space coworking space` Learn how to design and modify dynamic web pages using a combination of HTML, CSS and javascript by using hands-on experience, Register online. Wed. Feb. 21 Beaded Flower Art Workshop 7:00 pm Paint Party Yukon Space is limited. Please contact Jamie at paintpartyyukon@outlook.com or phone/text 335-9115 for more information Wed. Feb. 21 Getting Past Imposter Syndrome How to Self-Promote With Sass 7:00 pm Baked Cafe An interactive workshop, Sofia Fortin will take you on a journey to get clear on what you offer and how to proudly declare it to the world. Register online. Wed. Feb. 21 Whitehorse United Church Choir Practice 7:30 pm Whitehorse United Church Wed. Feb. 21 Strength & Style Competition 7:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Call, email or register online. 667-2148 Wed. Feb. 21 Fiddle Show - Featuring April Varch 8:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Tickets online or at Arts Underground. Wed. Feb. 21 Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room

KIDS & FAMILIES

Daily, Mondays to Fridays Learning Together Program 9:00 am at both Hidden Valley School and Selkirk Elementary School. Free drop-in program: playtime, group snack, circle time, craft time. Caregivers learn how to support children’s learning at home. Mon. Feb. 12 to Fri. Feb. 16 QuestFest Week Shipyards Park Enjoy musher presentations, sled dog movies, kid’s corner, silent auction, merchandise sales and more to come!

Wed. Feb. 14 Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Contact 667-5239 for more information. Wed. Feb. 14 Sing and Sign with Me 10:30 am Family Literacy Centre Up to 18 mths. Through fun songs, rhymes and activities you and your baby can learn and practice basic baby sign language. Call 6688698 for more details. Wed. Feb. 14 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 am Macaulay Lodge No Cost for these sessions, but registration is required. Register online or call 3225990 if you need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months. Thu. Feb. 15 Girls, Trans & Rainbow Club 3:00 pm Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre All girls, trans, nonbinary & 2-spirited folks, ages 15-21 welcome. Come together, find support and take action. Thu. Feb. 15 Youth Drop In 5:30 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. Feb. 16 Parent and Tot Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 0-4 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Fri. Feb. 16 Ready Set Go! 10:30 am Family Literacy Centre Ages 3+. A school readiness program designed to help preschoolers and their families prepare for Kindergarten. Call 668-8698 for more details. Fri. Feb. 16 Post-Race Meet the Mushers 6:00 pm Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre Free event, the public can meet the mushers and talk to them about the race. Bring something to have signed by your favorite musher, or purchase a race poster from our merchandise table. Fri. Feb. 16 Girls Club 7:30 pm Bethany Church Call 668-4877 for more information. Sat. Feb. 17 Young Explorer’s Preschool Program 10:30 am MacBride Museum Play games, create crafts, read stories and sing songs. This is a family event. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Sat. Feb. 17 Family Free Play Drop In 12:30 pm Family Literacy Centre Read, make crafts and participate in imaginative play. Sat. Feb. 17 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. Feb. 18 Kids Kreate! 1:00 pm Yukon Arts Centre A free art making class for kids average age 4-11! All kids must be accompanied by an adult, dress for a mess. We will be making wearable sculptures and noise makers with artist Helen O’Connor. Sun. Feb. 18 Wee Moves 2:00 pm Yukon Transportation Museum AGES 3-5, an interactive afternoon of play and science exploration Leave the kids in our capable hands and run your Sunday errands or stay with us and get your hands dirty. Save your spot by registering at weemoves@goytm.ca Mon. Feb. 19 Parent and Tot Drop In 10:00 am Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 0-4 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Mon. Feb. 19 Northern Tales 10:30 am Family Literacy Centre All ages, enjoy stories about life in Northern cultures with fun and interactive activities. Call 668-8698 for more details. Mon. Feb. 19 Baby Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for ages 6 - 24 months & caregiver, Free drop-in. Call 667-5239 for more information. Mon. Feb. 19 Kids & Parents Yoga 4:00 pm Grace Space 335-6216 Work with breathing, holding poses for longer time, rapidity and coordination with sun salutations, relaxation and meditation. Call or email for more info. Tue. Feb. 20 Little Chefs 10:30 am Family Literacy Centre For ages 2+ A blend of story, food, cooking, activities and crafts. Call 668-8698 for more details. Tue. Feb. 20 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library No Cost for these sessions, but registration is required. Register online or call 3225990 if you need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months. Tue. Feb. 20 Youth Drop In 5:30 pm Polarette’s Gymnastic Club Ages 10 - 17 yrs. Call 668-4794 or email info@polarettes.org for more information. Limit of 25 participants, arrive early. Wed. Feb. 21 Toddler Story Time 10:30 am Whitehorse Public Library Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Contact 667-5239 for more information. Wed. Feb. 21 Sing and Sign with Me 10:30 am Family Literacy Centre Up to 18 mths. Through fun songs, rhymes and activities you and your baby can learn and practice basic baby sign language. Call 6688698 for more details. Wed. Feb. 21 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 am Macaulay Lodge No Cost for these sessions, but registration is required. Register online or call 3225990 if you need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months.

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Wed. Feb. 14 Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com

Thu. Feb. 15 Sundogs Toastmasters Club 12:00 pm Sport Yukon A lunch time session to learn the skills, practice the speaking, receive the feedback to improve your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu. Feb. 15 Monthly Coalition Meeting 5:00 pm CYO Hall Monthly Coalition (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition) meetings are held every third Thursday. Everyone is welcome! Thu. Feb. 15 Midnight Sun Toastmasters Club 5:30 pm Yukon College Room A2714. An after work meeting to help you gain confidence in public speaking, improve communication and add to your leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com Thu. Feb. 15 CJUC Radio Group 5:30 pm Shipyards Park Bring your ideas and skills to the cabin and lets create great programming.Not sure if you have the skills? Email bill@cjucfm.com for more information. Sat. Feb. 17 Yukon Amateur Radio Association: Coffee Discussion Group 9:00 am A&W Restaurant Casual event. Hams from outside the Yukon and those are interested are welcome Sat. Feb. 17 PFLAG Meeting 7:00 pm Yukon College Support for those struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity in themselves or someone they know. Everyone welcome Tue. Feb. 20 Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies 9:00 am Yukon College (Common C1440 – Glass Classroom) Introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, social service and health care professionals, teachers, parents, and anyone working with people who struggle with anxiety. Register Online. Tue. Feb. 20 Green Drinks! 5:00 pm Coast High Country Inn Everyone is welcome! Network with a lively mixture of people from NGOs, academia, government, consultants, business, and more! Tue. Feb. 20 Brave New Writing Workshop 7:00 pm Brave New Writing Join us to work that creative muscle in a warm and supportive environment. This is a guided creative writing workshop using prompts to inspire, engage, and explore. Bring your favourite journal and a pen and get ready to write. Admission by donation. Wed. Feb. 21 Northern Voices Toastmasters 7:00 am Sport Yukon Supportive members will help you develop your public speaking, communication and leadership skills. Drop-ins welcome. 867-689-6363 toastmastersyukon@gmail.com

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A Klondike Korner with Dan Davidson

We are what we used to eat

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ebruary 19 to 22 will see the latest edition of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department’s bi-annual Myth and Medium week. In the past, these cultural weeks have focussed on stories and drama, but Traditional Knowledge Specialist Jody Beaumont says this one will be themed around food. She’s a little surprised that this theme wasn’t one of the first ones considered, as it seems so obvious. The first day will feature an afternoon cooking workshop at the Robert Service School; guest speaker Art Napoleon will work with the Grade 8 Foods class. Napoleon is a member of the Saulteau First Nation in north-eastern B.C. and is based in Victoria. He is variously described as a TV producer/songwriter/adventurer/wild game foodie/ weekend shapeshifter and extreme berry picker. The evening event at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, will be a literal and figurative potluck, beginning with an actual meal and then moving on to a dozen 3-minute food and culture “appetizer” talks and then a “main course” presentation by Napoleon. Several elders will provide the “dessert” in the form of closing comments, spiced with Nora Van Bibber’s cranberry shortbread. All of this should run from 7 o’clock to 9, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. There will be morning presentations on Tuesday and a practical workshop on Wednesday, along with the popular Language Variety Show, which often features some Hän Hip-Hop. Both afternoons will move across the street to the TH Community Hall and its parking lot, for experiential activities that run over both days and are food related. Tuesday evening will feature arts and entertainment, with a concert by Napoleon, a film screening, a play reading, shadow

Han Hip Hop at the variety show at Myth and Medium 2016

puppets and some film footage from TH Hunt Camps. Wednesday evening will be a little more formal, with a talk about caribou (wëdzey), another on food security by Wayne Horowitz, a reading and a caribou project report. On Thursday the symposium will ask “How does a Museum Taste?” at the Dawson City Museum, where Alex Somerville will discuss and show flavours from history. There will be an Elders and Land Users Roundtable discussion to close off the morning.

Adventurous souls may hike to the Tr’ochëk Heritage Site and back in the afternoon with Cathie Findlay-Brook, while others may chose to explore local teas and salves with Fran Morberg-Green at the cultural centre. The Myth and Medium week will officially close with a traditional feast and dance on Thursday evening, with food provided by TH elder Victor Henry and other TH citizens, the Moosemeat Men. Music for dancing and enjoyment will come from the people who will be taking in the fiddling

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and jigging workshop, which happens on Friday morning. Students from Old Crow will be joining fiddlers from Robert Service School for this. “We wrap on Thursday night with the feast,” said Beaumont, “but because the jiggers and the fiddlers with the Old Crow program will be here, because they will be in town, we’ve tacked on another dance on the Friday night, which happens to be Heritage Day.” At this writing, some parts of the program have not been fully

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Yukon’s got strength and a whole lot of style by Kylie Campbell

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ince the winter carnival began in 1945, the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous has been a popular tradition and none more so than the Strength and Style competition. “Strength and Style has always been one of the core events from the start,” said Bruce Sahlstrom, vice-president of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous board. The Strength and Style event features six competitions this year:

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MC Mike Fancie with 2017 Best Old Growth Beard winner Paul Rousseau

Yukon’s strength and style shines through on Feb 21 at the Towne & Mountain Hotel in the Rendezvous competition with a long and quirky history 1. Hairy leg or armpit (women only) – 1st prize only 2. Hairy chest – 1st prize only 3. Best mustache – 3 prizes 4. Best old growth beard – 1st prize only 5. Best new growth beard – 1st prize only 6. Top ink – 1st prize only The event evolves every year, and can often change at the last minute depending on the number of entrants or the crowd’s atmos-

phere. A big change from last year’s competition is that there will only be one tattoo competition and one prize for the winner (last year there was best tattoo on an arm or leg, and best chest or back tattoo, each being awarded first, second, and third place prizes). The Strength and Style competition is a popular event and whether you’re new or old to the Yukon, it brings people together.

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“It represents the Yukon and Yukoners,” Sahlstrom said. “Look at 1898, as back in the gold rush days, mustaches and beards were the style of the Klondike. “And the strength needed for things like hiking the Chilkoot pass can be demonstrated in the Flour Packing contest.” So how do the judges determine the best of each competition? “Tattoos – it’s not just about the artwork,” Sahlstrom says, “There’s usually a story there.” One such story is that of Manu Keggenhoff, Rendezvous’ photographer of last year’s event, who decided to enter the competition on a whim. “It was a great night, the audience was super enthusiastic and the vibe at its peak,” Keggenhoff recalled. “It was spontaneous. And though I knew my tattoo wasn’t the biggest that was shown I decided to join the fun.” Although she didn’t win the competition, she told her tattoo story. “It’s a mountain scene with a river flowing in front of it. I had a little creative low for a while due to personal losses,” Keggen-

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hoff said. “In 2016 I was invited to speak at a photographer’s conference on P.E.I., which was just the right thing to do. It was called ‘Land and See.’ It got my creative juices flowing again and that’s what the tattoo is all about.” The judges also look intricately at the hairy contestants, magnifying glasses and rulers get pulled out to make the judgement, measuring the length and assessing the hairiness of the hair. Meanwhile the beards and mustaches are judged by the care the owners take, the oils used and the overall style-aesthetic and how they meet the Rendezvous expectation of the traditional Klondike look. “In Yukon you can rebuild yourself and no one judges you – except the judges,” Sahlstrom laughed. “I think that’s what this event represents to a lot of people. Everyone has a story and they want to tell it.” One such story is the tale of Loretta Westman and her daughter Jess Westman. Throughout the 1980s, Loretta competed in cont’d on page 11 ...

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Photographer Manu Keggenhoff joins in on the competition of 2017 Best Back/Chest Tattoo

PHOTO: Jess Westman

MC Mike Fancie with 2017 Best Old Growth Beard winner Paul Rousseau

Loretta Westman, with her award and gold razor prize for winning the hairy leg competition in 1989, and daughter Jess, showing off her armpit in preparation for the Strength and Style hairy armpit competition on Feb. 21

the Strength and Style competition, specialising in the hairiest leg competitions. She competed many times and won best over all in 1985 and won most horrific hairy legs in 1989. “I always felt uncomfortable having hairy legs. In the eighties it was very taboo,” Loretta said. “But Yukon women aren’t like regular women. They can do many things like use a chainsaw, build a home. Elsewhere these things are considered ‘unlady like,’ but to demonstrate you’re a real Yukon woman you have to be tough. I entered because it was something you’re told you’re not supposed to do, but is celebrated up here. That’s what makes Rendezvous and the Yukon so special.” Loretta was proud to enter and win. At that time the competition used to be anonymous. “I was heavily pregnant one of the years I entered at the time and you had to put your leg or arm through a cardboard cut out of a can can dancer,” Loretta said. “It was so the judges wouldn’t play favourites with who was competing. But because I was so pregnant, people had to hold me up so I could reach my legs out of the cardboard holes.” Back in those days, the golden razor blade was one of the prizes to the winner. Loretta won three with the intent that she, Jess and her other daughter would each have a golden razor. This year, Loretta’s daughter Jess will be competing and following in her mother’s footsteps. “I’m super proud of my mom, she is a great role model,” Jess said. “If I ever have a daughter I will encourage her to enter, as girls should be comfortable with their bodies and the way they look naturally.” Jess saw last year’s winner’s picture and thought that she would most certainly win. “My mom thinks I will win the hairy armpit competition for certain,” Jess said. “She has her father’s leg hair though, so I don’t think she will win that,” Loretta laughed. Jess is excited to compete and has been growing out her armpit hair for a few months. “It’s great to celebrate Yukon women,” she said. “We are pioneers and we

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his is classic Japanese comfort food, exactly what you would expect from an all-night diner in Tokyo. Hambagu is just a simply seasoned burger served with gravy over hot rice. It’s simple and comforting and just a tiny bit different than a hot hamburger sandwich you’d find anywhere along the Alaska Highway. It’s those teenie differences that can make this meal a totally different experience, though. And like any other hamburger it’s really all about the toppings, so if there’s any doubt, definitely go for the fried egg. And do not skimp on the gravy. If you’re looking to really dive into those toppings you can find Kewpie mayo at Save On Foods, and schichimi at the Superstore. Kewpie is just a little different than North American mayo; a bit richer and slightly sweeter. Schichimi is a dried condiment made of a mixture of toasted sesame seeds, seaweed, chilis, poppy seeds and orange peel. Both are fantastic additions to anyone’s culinary repertoire so don’t be afraid to invest in either or both. You’ll find a thousand uses for each, I promise.

Hambagu INGREDIENTS 1 ½ pounds ground meat (moose, bison, caribou) 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon minced ginger ½ cup breadcrumbs 2 egg whites 2 tsp soy sauce

METHOD

1

In a large bowl combine meat, garlic, ginger, breadcrumbs, egg whites and soy sauce and mix with your hands until evenly combined. Divide into

Ginger and soy mixed with egg whites

8 equal portions and form into

Serves 8

evenly sized patties.

2

When ready to cook, heat a large frying pan over medium high heat, add a drizzle of vegetable oil and cook the hamburgers

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Japanese Hamburger (Hambagu) ... cont’d

To Assemble

Gravy

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS 2 cups dark stock, divided (beef stock works well)

2 cups rice, cooked

3 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar

Oil (only if you’re using eggs)

1 tsp rice vinegar

Kewpie mayo, to garnish

2 Tbsp cornstarch

Toasted sesame seeds, to garnish

1

4-8 eggs, optional

Salt and pepper, to taste

1

If you’re going to top the burgers with fried eggs, then heat a non-stick skillet over high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Break the eggs into the pan and cook until whites are just set and the yolks are runny.

Sliced scallions, to garnish

2

Shichimi, to garnish

Patties ready for the grill

METHOD

METHOD

Divide cooked, hot rice between four plates, top with burgers, then fried eggs (if using) then gravy and any

Place all but ¼ cup stock

additional

in a pot and bring to a

toppings.

Serve

hot.

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he Skookum Jim Folklore Show has become an annual tradition that celebrates First Nation traditions, community and culture. The first Folklore Show was organized by the late Doris McLean, an elder and former chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. According to Skookum Jim Recreation Coordinator David Dugas, the original concept came about to help fill a gap. “Doris McLean originally started it as a showcase for First Nation culture, which was needed in the North,” Dugas said. “There are youth and elder awards that recognize outstanding contributions in the communities.” The Folklore Show melds the celebration of these award recipients’ achievements with performances by cultural artists who reside in the communities. A com-

mittee made up of people involved with Skookum Jim makes the decisions on who to select each year to perform. This year, the show has adopted a theme of “Revitalization” and is being produced to merge different age groups. There will be traditional food prepared by Teresa Ward and her company, Grandma Treesaw’s Bannock and Catering Services. Also this year, the Masters of Ceremony will once again be regulars Sharon Shorty and Duane Aucoin, as Gramma Susie and Cash Creek Charlie. “This year, we’ve really aimed to be intergenerational,” Dugas said. “There are three different performances with young children who might not fully know the scope of what they’re involved with, the youth hip hop showcase, and Dena Zagi, who are a well-established

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t’s noon on a Friday and an unlikely group of Yukoners gather in a classroom at Yukon College. They’ve brought their lunches and their big ideas. ResearChats, devised by Northern Studies Instructor Amanda Graham and Chemistry Instructor Ernie Prokopchuk, are weekly opportunities for researchers from all disciplines to share ideas and learn from one another. They happen on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m., and everybody is invited to attend. Each week’s Chat has a loose theme — such as the importance of listening or the minor art of asking for money — and leaves plenty of time for conversation. “It’s a low-stakes, friendly way for people to come in and bounce ideas around,” Graham said. “Originally, we thought about the Chats as a kind of speed-dating event, where we can share ideas, see if research interests overlap and maybe people can work together.” The Chats started in September 2014, with the launch of the Yukon College Research Fund, a $100,000 annual fund for student, faculty and staff research projects. The Chats and the fund support each other, but they exist separately.

“The fund gives people a chance to try things that maybe they wouldn’t otherwise have the space to do,” Prokopchuk said. “There are basic guidelines and then there’s some leeway.” The Yukon College Research Fund is available for things that may not fit under the guidelines of any other fund. And it sees a wide range of applications from all corners of university research. Things like practical research on whether robot vacuums could be used for cleaning in the College, cultural research on the history of octopus bags and a project that looked at reducing bear attractants at Cogden Creek Campground. Graham is a strong proponent of the Chats because she has a longstanding interest in promoting northern research. In fact, Graham was the first graduate of the College’s Northern Studies program in 1988. At that point, she was studying under Aron Senkpiel, Yukon College’s founding dean of Arts and Science, and an important figure in northern post-secondary education and in the development of the College. Throughout the 1980s Senkpiel worked to expand the research potential of the North, the Yukon, and the College. He was integral to the development of the Northern Research Institute and Canada’s contribution to the University of the Arctic, and he was also — with Norm Easton and Ken Coates — a founding editor of The Northern Review, an academic multidisciplinary journal exploring human experience in

Two instructors team up to host weekly open Chats for Yukon’s research community PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon College

CARTOON: Amanda Graham the Circumpolar North that still publishes twice a year at the College. “Right from the beginning Aron had a vision,” Graham said. “He said the College was going to be a university in 30 years, and that we would create a scholarly capacity for ourselves, and he was bang on.” Meanwhile Prokopchuk is interested in lowering the barriers to entering research. Bringing together diverse experiences and points of view in situations like the ResearChats fosters innovation and creates a welcoming space for new ideas and collaborations, he said. It benefits all involved. Prokopchuk grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario and was inspired by a great chemistry teacher he had in high school. He went on to earn his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario, and worked for seven years at the University of Winnipeg, before applying for a job as a chemistry instructor at Yukon College and coming North. “The publish-or-perish attitude chased me out of larger universities, and I don’t want to see us

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become that,” Prokopchuk says. “It’s a competitive, destructive atmosphere.” At Yukon College, Prokopchuk has the opportunity to explore and to experiment in his classes. Recently, he has been investigating the potential to make biofuels, such as ethanol, out of fireweed. “I’m a huge fan of small schools — I think there’s more opportunity when students are in a class of 10 or 20, rather than 500,” Prokopchuk said. “Up here I can focus on the students and I get the fun of trying something new without the stress of having to publish before I get kicked to the curb.” ResearChats are open to members of the Yukon College community, visiting scholars, and Yukon’s research community at large. Find out more information by signing up to receive email updates at ResearchInfo@YukonCollege.yk.ca. Amanda Graham also posts to a Twitter feed at @researchatyc.

research questions, supporting local innovation, and increasing student research capacity. This series explores the depth and breadth of northern research at the College. For more information visit www. YukonCollege.yk.ca/research.

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Community EVENTS ATLIN Wed. Feb. 14 Yoga with Megan Samms 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Call Megan at 651-2248 for more info. Wed. Feb. 14 Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Sat. Feb. 17 Saturday Sewing 10:00 am Atlin Rec Centre Every level of experience, from absolute beginner to advanced sewer, is welcome! Sat. Feb. 17 Weekly Knitting and Crocheting Circle 1:00 pm Atlin Library Bring your yarn and do some stitches with some fine folks. Exchange ideas, shoot the breeze, drink some coffee Sun. Feb. 18 St. Martins Anglican Church Service 10:00 am St. Martins Anglican Church Sun. Feb. 18 Atlin Christian Centre 10:30 am Atlin Christian Centre Wed. Feb. 21 Yoga with Megan Samms 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Call Megan at 651-2248 for more info. Wed. Feb. 21 Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre

BEAVER CREEK Fri. Feb. 16 Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Sat. Feb. 17 Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club Mon. Feb. 19 Tot Time 9:30 am Nelnah Bessie John School Tue. Feb. 20 Volleyball 8:00 pm Beaver Creek Community Club

CARCROSS Wed. Feb. 14 Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed. Feb. 14 Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed. Feb. 14 Tlingit Language Game Nights 5:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed. Feb. 14 Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed. Feb. 14 AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Feb. 15 CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Feb. 15 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. Feb. 15 Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Feb. 15 Prenatal Classes for Mothers and Fathers to be 7:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School With Kathleen Cranfield, Registered Midwife and CPNP coordinator Sat. Feb. 17 Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun. Feb. 18 St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-6683129 Mon. Feb. 19 Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon. Feb. 19 AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. Feb. 20 Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. Feb. 20 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. Feb. 20 Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue. Feb. 20 Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. Feb. 20 Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue. Feb. 20 Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251 Wed. Feb. 21 Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Wed. Feb. 21 Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wed. Feb. 21 Tlingit Language Game Nights 5:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wed. Feb. 21 Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wed. Feb. 21 AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building

DAWSON CITY

Until Sat. Feb. 24 Art Exhibit - PATHIE by Andrée-Anne Roussel KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Interactive installation containing both video elements and kinetic sculpture, around the themes of commitment and apathy. Wed. Feb. 14 CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu. Feb. 15 Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe ‘Fri. Feb. 16 to Sun. Feb. 18 Pee Wee Hockey Tournament Dawson City Arena Fri. Feb. 16 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri. Feb. 16 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri. Feb. 16 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre

Fri. Feb. 16 Clothing Swap! 5:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Donate your gently used, clean clothes and swap them out for new and exciting outfits while also supporting youth art in the Yukon! Fri. Feb. 16 The Executives 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Sat. Feb. 17 Painting 1:00 pm KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Inspire and be inspired by other artists. Bring your own ideas and painting surfaces. Paints, brushes and easels are supplied, no instruction offered. Sat. Feb. 17 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat. Feb. 17 Cocktail Night 5:00 pm Eldorado Hotel In the Sluice Box Lounge, from classics over hot/desert drinks, to a featured special. Sun. Feb. 18 St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun. Feb. 18 Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel ‘Mon. Feb. 19 to Fri. Feb. 23 Myth and Medium KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join – please contact Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in if you intend to join! For more information contact Jody.Beaumont@ trondek.ca 867-7100 ext 137 jody. beaumont@trondek.ca Mon. Feb. 19 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon. Feb. 19 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867993-2520 Tue. Feb. 20 Your Health! Your Way! 1:30 pm Dawson City Community Hospital Register or find out more by calling the Dawson Health Centre at 993-4300. Wed. Feb. 21 CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

FARO Wednesdays Archery 3:30 pm and 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre No experience or equipment needed. Wednesdays and Saturdays Public Skate 4:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Wed. Feb. 14 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Wed. Feb. 14 Broomball 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon. ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri. Feb. 16 Curling 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri. Feb. 16 Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sat. Feb. 17 Sticks and Pucks 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@ faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Sun. Feb. 18 Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun. Feb. 18 Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Tue. Feb. 20 Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed. Feb. 21 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Wed. Feb. 21 Broomball 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon. ca or call 994-2575 for more details.

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Wed. Feb. 14 Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, fitness, pool tournaments, shuffleboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed. Feb. 14 Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thu. Feb. 15 Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu. Feb. 15 Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Thu. Feb. 15 Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu. Feb. 15 Women’s Circle 5:30 pm Mun Ku Email elskloppers@gmail.com for more information. Thu. Feb. 15 Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Fri. Feb. 16 Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sun. Feb. 18 St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Service - Info: Mark Ritchie 634-2943 Mon. Feb. 19 Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Wed. Feb. 21 Seniors - Drop-In and Activities 1:30 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Arts, craft, fitness, pool tournaments, shuffleboard, carpet bowling, and card and board games. Refreshments. Wed. Feb. 21 Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed. Feb. 21 Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre

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Wed. Feb. 14 Choir 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Choir 6:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat. Feb. 17 Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sun. Feb. 18 Drop in Badminton 12:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sun. Feb. 18 Zumba Classes with Mariana Giaccaglia 3:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue. Feb. 20 North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca Tue. Feb. 20 Darts and Games Night 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre We’ll be doing a quick orientation for those who haven’t played before and playing 301. The bar will be open for a beverage while we play. Wed. Feb. 21 Choir 7:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre

Thu. Feb. 15 Badminton Nights 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. Feb. 16 Girls Club 6:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 335-4250 for more information. Fri. Feb. 16 Valentine’s Day Dance 7:00 pm Teslin Rec Center Fri. Feb. 16 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. Feb. 20 After School Sports K - Gr. 4 3:30 pm Teslin Rec Center Tue. Feb. 20 Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:30 pm Teslin Rec Center Every Tuesday, mats provided just bring your zen. 335-4250 teslinrec@teslin.ca Tue. Feb. 20 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

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Wednesdays Volleyball 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Thu. Feb. 15 Circuit Training 5:30 pm J.V. Clark School Thu. Feb. 15 Floor Hockey 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School Fri. Feb. 16 Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 pm Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sun. Feb. 18 St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 am St Mary’s Church (867)667-7746 Mon. Feb. 19 Yoga 5:00 pm Mayo Curling Arena Tue. Feb. 20 Tabata 5:30 pm J.V. Clark School Tue. Feb. 20 Mayo Sewing Nights 7:00 pm Yukon College Mayo Campus Tue. Feb. 20 Floor Hockey 8:00 pm J.V. Clark School

Wed. Feb. 14 Baby & Me Snowshoeing 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Call 536-8023 for more information. Thu. Feb. 15 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu. Feb. 15 Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Sat. Feb. 17 Ladies Time Out Breakfast 8:30 am Andrea’s Hotel Come out for a relaxing time of inspiration, fun, and encouragement. For more information call Ruth Holt 536-7726 or Ruth Wilkinson at 536-4542” Sun. Feb. 18 St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon. Feb. 19 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Tue. Feb. 20 Infant Massage 1:30 pm Watson Lake Family Centre Infant massage, to improve bonding, sleeping periods, colic, and much more. Oil, snack and refreshments provided. Please call Elizabeth at 536-7423 Tue. Feb. 20 Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Tue. Feb. 20 Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 pm Town of Watson Lake Wed. Feb. 21 Baby & Me Snowshoeing 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Call 536-8023 for more information.

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Sat. Feb. 17 2018 Lorne Mountain Classic Ski Race 12:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Register by calling 667-7083 or Email lmca@ northwestel.net Mon. Feb. 19 Yoga with Jess Sellers 7:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre For more info call 667-7083 or Email lmca@ northwestel.net

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Thu. Feb. 15 Adult Night at the Youth Centre 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center Sun. Feb. 18 St. Luke’s Church Service 11:00 am St. Luke’s Church 867-993-5381 Tue. Feb. 20 Gym Night 7:00 pm Old Crow Community Center

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Tue. Feb. 20 Community Feast and Info Session 5:30 pm Ross River Recreation Centre

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Wed. Feb. 14 Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed. Feb. 14 Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Thu. Feb. 15 Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Thu. Feb. 15 Catch Kids Club 4:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Snacks, crafts, field trips and lots of fun games. Email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat. Feb. 17 OsteoFit 10:00 am Tagish Community Centre Sat. Feb. 17 Youth Music School 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat. Feb. 17 Pickleball 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis. Sat. Feb. 17 Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun. Feb. 18 Pancake Breakfast with Sunday Morning Trivia: Tagish 9:30 am Tagish Community Centre Third Sunday of every month. September 20th - Trivia Theme is “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?’ 399-3407 recreation@ tagishyukon.org Sun. Feb. 18 Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 4:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 6334903 tagishcc@gmail.com Mon. Feb. 19 Nordic Walking 1:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 for more info. Tue. Feb. 20 Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Wed. Feb. 21 Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed. Feb. 21 Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre Wed. Feb. 21 Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed. Feb. 21 Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca

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Daily, Wednesdays to Mondays Everyone Welcome Swim Haines Community Centre, Mon/Wed/Thur/Fri 11-12:30| Mon/ Wed/Fri 5:30-7 | Sat/Sun 1:30-3 #907-7662666 Daily Haines Public Library Open Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-8 | Fri 10-6 | Sat/Sun 12:304:30| #907-766-2545 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Homework Help, Haines Public Library #907-766-2545 Mondays, and Wednesdays Tai Chi Advanced 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays to Thursdays Tai Chi - Adv. Beginners Mon/Wed 11:45 am | 7:30 pm Tue/Thu Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wednesdays and Fridays Game Time @ the Library 4:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wednesdays Open Mic Nite 10:00 pm Pioneer Bar Wed. Feb. 14 Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed. Feb. 14 Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed. Feb. 14 Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed. Feb. 14 Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed. Feb. 14 St Michael’s Service 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Feb. 15 Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Feb. 15 Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Feb. 15 Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Feb. 15 Rivertalk 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri. Feb. 16 Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri. Feb. 16 Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Sat. Feb. 17 Tai Chi 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sat. Feb. 17 Private Party 6:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun. Feb. 18 Yoga with Melina 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun. Feb. 18 Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun. Feb. 18 St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun. Feb. 18 Bible Club - Sunday School 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Mon. Feb. 19 Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts

Mon. Feb. 19 Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon. Feb. 19 Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon. Feb. 19 Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon. Feb. 19 Haines Public Library Closed Haines Borough Public Library Tue. Feb. 20 Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Tue. Feb. 20 Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue. Feb. 20 Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed. Feb. 21 Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Wed. Feb. 21 Kids Jujutsu 5:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed. Feb. 21 Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts

SKAGWAY Mon.- Fri. Mom, Dad & Me Toddler Time 9:00 am Skagway Alaska Appropriate for 2 - 4 yrs. of age & caregiver, Free drop-in. Call 907-983-2679 for more info. Mondays and Wednesdays Hatha Yoga w/Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays and Wednesdays SpinFlex w/ Katherine 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays and Wednesdays TRX Suspension Training 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesdays and Fridays Aerial Conditioning 5:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Wednesdays and Fridays Aerial Fabric 5:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre This is an unstructured class to work on things you would like to improve on or trade Wednesdays and Sundays Aerial Tissue w/Renee 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Wed. Feb. 14 TRX Suspension Training 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Wed. Feb. 14 Hatha Yoga w/Sherry- ALL Levels 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu. Feb. 15 Zumba with Keara 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Latin�inspired cardio�dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. Thu. Feb. 15 Spinning w/ Katherine 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Easy Does it YogaRestorative Yoga ALL Level 5:45 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Feb. 15 Mat Pilates 7:15 am Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. Fri. Feb. 16 Gentle Flow 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A gentle and calming practice that combines breath with movement. Fri. Feb. 16 SpinYOGA 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sat. Feb. 17 Bouncy House Fun Time! 1:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sat. Feb. 17 Volleyball For Adults 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sat. Feb. 17 Flow and Restore 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Powerful vinyasa style class with a focus in strengthening the entire body, ending with restorative/yin style poses to soak in the energy and heat created in the flow. Mon. Feb. 19 Restorative - Yin Yoga ALL Levels 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon. Feb. 19 Acro Jam 6:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Playful practice that combines acrobatics and yoga. This is an unstructured class to work on things you would like to improve on or trade Mon. Feb. 19 Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue. Feb. 20 Zumba with Keara 5:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Latin�inspired cardio�dance workout that uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. Tue. Feb. 20 Spinning w/ Katherine 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Let it Roll - Hatha Flow with Foam Roller 5:45 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Hatha Flow practice followed by foam roller and pinky balls. Tue. Feb. 20 Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Feb. 20 Mat Pilates 7:15 am Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles.


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Adrenal fatigue and the downhill spiral of chronic stress

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s a Naturopathic Doctor in Whitehorse with a focus on women’s health, I see a lot of burnout caused by chronic stress. Often my patients don’t realize that their daily pressures are adversely affecting their physical health. Our bodies are built to cope with tense situations, but struggle when the stressors become persistent. The good news is that burnout can be beat if it is understood and treated properly. It all centres around the endocrine system, including the adrenal glands that sit on top of your kidneys. Their primary role is to produce the stress-response hormones cortisol and adrenaline. With healthy adrenal function, cortisol helps you get out of bed and face the day’s challenges, as well as balance blood sugars and regulate your metabolism, blood pressure and immune system. But when the adrenal glands are over-stimulated by chronic stress, they overproduce cortisol until they “burn out” through three stages of progressive deterioration. Stage One is called Adrenal Alarm: this is your body’s normal reaction to stress that sends out a burst of cortisol and launches your “fight or flight mode.” Your heart beats faster, your muscles receive extra fuel and your body goes on high alert. In a healthy state, this natural coping mechanism will recede once you’ve dealt with the stress and moved on. But if the stress becomes constant or severe, your adrenal glands start to suffer. Your body can only maintain this prolonged cortisol response for so long before you enter Stage Two: Adrenal Resistance. Your cortisol levels fluctuate erratically, often with low energy in the morning and “wired and tired” symptoms at night when you’re exhausted but can’t fall (or stay) asleep,

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Stress could be causing your health problems because your mind won’t calm down. This excess cortisol leads to other health problems such as decreased thyroid function, fertility issues, weight gain, cravings and fluctuations in blood sugar and blood pressure. Over an extended time in the Adrenal Resistance stage, your adrenals can no longer keep up, and

you enter Stage Three: Adrenal Exhaustion. Now your body is no longer able to produce sufficient cortisol for you to function. You are physically and mentally drained, progressively depleted of the vital nutrients and resources required to get you through your day. People in this phase experience debilitating fatigue, low

blood pressure, low blood sugar, frequent infections, brain fog, and low to non-existent libido. Adrenal fatigue isn’t something you can “tough out.” It’s a condition that can be diagnosed and treated. For my patients, my preference is to run a full Adrenal Function Panel, which measures four cortisol points throughout

the day and gives us a functional perspective of what is happening in your body. Treatment options depend largely on the stage of adrenal fatigue, but of course the basics apply to everyone, including: • sleeping at least 7 hours per night • eating a whole-foods, low-glycemic diet • moving exercise to the morning (to mimic a more natural cortisol curve which would peak in the morning and then gradually decrease) • incorporating stress-coping strategies like meditation, yoga, counselling or journaling (a bedtime worry journal lets you write down your troubles and then resolve to not think of them again until morning) As a Naturopathic Doctor I also employ nutrition-based treatments to replace the specific vitamins and minerals depleted by adrenal fatigue, including intravenous nutrient support; herbal medicines that serve as adaptogens to help the body respond to and recover from stress; and checking on thyroid function and hormone balance that are also disrupted by adrenal fatigue and contribute to the downhill health spiral. The first step for anyone struggling with burnout is to get more information on what’s happening in your body. It’s easy to write off exhaustion as “just stress,” but it’s important to know if you are indeed struggling with adrenal fatigue, what stage you are in, what else might be at the root of your symptoms and what your options are to recover and return to sustainable health. Dr Jocelyn Land-Murphy is a Whitehorse-based Naturopathic Doctor with a focus on women’s health. You can learn more about her clinic at www.TerraLife.ca.

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