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Get Ready to Laugh The inaugural Yukon Comedy Festival kicks off on March 22

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Yukon kids converge in Dawson City March 19 to 22 for the Youth Art Enrichment program organized by KIAC

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he annual Youth Art Enrichment program, now entering its 17th year, is an annual four-day intensive art program for Yukon youth, hosted by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City. It has changed its dates this year and will be held from March 19 to 22 instead of its traditional November schedule. KIAC’s lead organizer Ange Bonnici explained that the fall months seemed to be getting busier. Between several sports tournaments and the Dept. of Education’s successful Rural Experiential Model week-long event, it has been getting harder for schools to release students and chaperone staff for what amounted to another entire week by the time travel was factored in. “The decision to move Youth Art Enrichment to the spring (spring break for most Yukon schools) was made in conversation with youth, parents, instructors and teachers,” said Marie-Claire

Findlay-Brook, programs manager with KIAC. “While we very much enjoyed working with schools and having art teachers attend as chaperones, we recognize that it was becoming more and more difficult for schools and participating teachers to find the time and budget to attend.” This year, KIAC is doing all the organizing, and arranging for chaperones to supervise the Grade 9 to 12 students (13 to 18 years old) during their time here. The offerings for the program vary from year to year, but this year students have been asked to register for one of three possible options, the intention being to have up to 12 students in each of the modules. Local artist Rian LougheedSmith will be teaching printmaking and screenprinting. In this workshop students will make stamps and stencils, learn to silkscreen, and combine techniques to make mixed media pieces. Whitehorse artist Meshell Mel-

vin will return again this year to offer a course in collage and mixed media. She teaches a painterly approach to collage, building images in new ways with familiar materials, as well as incorporating drawing, painting and relief. Dawson artist and teacher Angela Edmunds will be teaching stop motion filmmaking. Students will learn how to storyboard, and produce and edit a short film using various materials, including felt, wire, Plasticine and Lego, as well as digital cameras and editing software. The Youth Art Enrichment program typically attracts students from around the territory. The Department of Education will provide bus transportation for the program. They will travel to Dawson on Sunday and depart for home on Friday. Students had to apply to be accepted into the course and there is a $150 registration fee to help defray the cost of materials. cont’d on page 3 ...


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George Maratos and Richard Eden are the organizers of a new comedy festival Photo: Alastair Maitland

What’s Inside Klondike Korner ................... 2 Didee/Didoo ........................ 3 AWG Mascot: Kechi ................ 4 Yukon College Research ......... 5 Kyra Shaughnessy ................. 7

Sculpture was one of the offerings during the Youth Art Enrichment program in November 2016

provides artistically inclined students with a chance to “hone their skills through daily exercises and explore creative ways to express their ideas.”

Each day begins at the hotel with breakfast and then on to the workshop sites from 9 a.m. to noon and then again, after lunch, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is an hour of free time before dinner at 6 p.m. and a variety of evening activities are planned from 7 p.m. to 9 pm, with lights out at the hotel at 11 p.m. On the last evening, Thursday, there is a closing dinner, an exhibition of the week’s work and an extended evening activity time. Findlay-Brook says the week

After three decades in classrooms in Beaver Creek, Faro and Dawson, Dan Davidson retired to continue writing, as he had been all those years. Please send comments about his stories to dawson@ whatsupyukon.com.

Encaustic, or hot wax, painting is one of the techniques that has been taught at the Youth Art Enrichment program over the years

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Kechi the snowy owl is the official mascot for the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, taking place March 18 to 24 in the NWT

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he Arctic Winter Games are fast approaching and Kechi( pronounced Kee-Chee), the snowy owl, is helping to spread the spirit of the games. Selected as the official mascot for the games, Kechi is all on board to represent the games slogan, Find Your Power. Her name means power in the Cree language, and she even wears a scarf that says Find Your Power, in addition to a dark blue vest, which pairs nicely with her white and black feathers. The Arctic Winter Games take place every two years. For 2018 they are being held March 18 to 24. Fort Smith and Hay River Northwest Territories will be co-hosting and this year 1,900 athletes representing various circumpolar regions are expected to compete. Selecting a mascot for the Arctic Winter Games is no simple task. Submissions were sent in by school children from the South Slave Regions of the Northwest Territories as early as 2016. Thorsten Gohl is the marketing director for the games, and he is pleased with Kechi being selected as the mascot. “She embodies the spirit of the games as well as creates excitement about them,” he said. After learning about the support and team spirit Kechi generates at the Arctic Winter Games, it seems that the games just would not be the same without a mascot. Choosing a mascot for the 2018 games took time and thought. The Host Society Board came together with a group of elders to make the final selection. Snowy owls are well known in the northern arctic regions of Canada. The males tend to have all white feathers, where the females have white feathers with flecks of black mixed in. When it came time to make Kechi’s costume, no details were spared. Over a month of labour went into the creation. There are two costumes, one for Hay River and one for Fort Smith; ensuring that both towns get an equal amount of the excitement that Kechi brings with her. While the athletes are the individuals who put in the work to be the best at their sport,

Kechi the snow owl is encouraging youth to Find Your Power PHOTO: courtesy of the 2018 AWG Host Society mascots can get crowds extra pumped. Even though the games have not started yet, Kechi gives the children and youth something to focus on and draw inspiration from. This snowy owl has become the emblem and the visual form of the motto, Find Your Power. In one elementary school students were given a template with a drawing of Kechi. The owl asks, “What does Find Your Power mean to you?” One child wrote, “Find Your Power means to me to never give up, to continue as most difficult times and to keep moving forward. Pick yourself up and do what you love to do. Be strong, be brave and Find Your Power.” That response stood out for Gohl. “I was really impressed by what this student wrote,” he said.

The first official engagement for Kechi will be at the opening ceremony of the games, which takes place on March 18 at the Hay River Recreation Centre at 6 p.m. To celebrate, 1,900 athletes will march their way into the Rec Centre to kick off the games. And Kechi will be there in full FindYour-Power mode. Kechi is also available for other sports and fundraiser events. For more information you can send an email to Kechi@awg2018.org.

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In the North; by the North; for the North: Science and Research Stories from Yukon College

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ukon College archaeologist Norm Easton has been unearthing the secrets of the area around the Yukon-Alaska border for more than 25 years. This year, for the first time, he is leaving the field to focus on doing research in the laboratory. “I will miss being out with the people of the borderlands,” Easton said. “I’ve gotten to know them quite well over the years and I enjoy their company — they were always so welcoming and supportive of the work we were doing. “But physically, I will not miss it,” he added. Easton’s knees, back and wrists are worn down from more than four decades of digging, marking and cataloging items pulled from layers of earth. From now on he’ll spend more time at a microscope or computer, using technologies such as radiocarbon dating and 3D scanning to create a final assessment and interpretation of the materials collected throughout his career. “The goal now is to really step back and look at the whole site and the whole history,” Easton said. And looking at the whole site and the whole history is no small job — some artifacts date back as far as 14,000 years. Backing him up is a network of research students — some undergrads working directly at Yukon College and some grad students studying Outside, at places like the University of British Columbia and the University of New Mexico. They’re analyzing hundreds of artifacts, mostly stone tools, and roughly 4,000 pieces of bison, elk, moose and caribou bone. Even tiny marks on the bones can tell a story of their history. Many are broken, but a small number — roughly two per cent — have cut marks in them indicating that they were impacted by a human hand. Easton and his researchers have compiled some initial results so far, but there are years of work ahead of them. Eventually, the intent is to write additional papers on the site, create a book and make all of the research findings publically accessible online. Over the years the excavations were done in partnership with the local indigenous groups and they included many cultural activities where Easton and his students could learn from locals or participate in community events. This was especially important to Easton from the start. He believes

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that archaeology is more a humanity than a hard science. “There was a push in the ’60s and ’70s to make archaeology scientific — some parts of it were good, but it did so at the expense of the human component of things,” he said. “My methods were always scientific, but it was important to me that we worked with the community to solicit engagement.

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Until Sat. Mar. 24 Art Exhibit: Unframed by Martha Richie Yukon Artists at Work Gallery Features linocut prints hand coloured with pencils, paint and chalk, mounted spiritedly on surfaces such as rag paper, birch panel or canvas. Until Sat. Mar. 31 Art Exhibit by Owen Williams’ Yukon Arts Centre “Owen Williams is 7 years old and has been into art his whole life. He likes to use art to express his ideas. Until Sat. Mar. 31 Art Exhibit - Menopause Mischief Arts Underground Exhibits painting, sculpture and film by 14 artists with connections to Dawson City. Until Mon. Apr. 30 Art Exhibit - Wild Lives Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Explores the lives and experiences of people who work with, use, and wear Yukon’s wild fur. Thu. Mar. 8 to Sat. May 26 Art Exhibit: Filling the Void by Mark Preston Yukon Arts Centre Whitehorse based artist of Tlingit and Irish descent, Mark Preston’s contemporary pieces are inspired by minimalism and abstraction Thu. Mar. 8 to Sat. May 26 Art Exhibit: Ready Player Two by Brendan Lee Satish & Sonny Assu Yukon Arts Centre Elements from science fiction, comic book, and gaming cultures to consider how these forms alternately reinforce and transcend racial boundaries in youth culture.

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Wed. Mar. 14 Whitewater Wednesday 7:00 pm Epic Pizza goes till we are done! Wed. Mar. 14 Paris At The White Water Jam 8:00 pm Epic Pizza Thu. Mar. 15 Spectacle Le Chant du Hibou Show 7:00 pm Hamilton and Son Guitar Shop Experience bilingual artist Sophie Villeneuve and her new cd, buy tickets online or at the door. Thu. Mar. 15 Anne Turner Jazz 7:00 pm The Social House Thu. Mar. 15 Jam Night with Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Thu. Mar. 15 Ginger Jam 8:00 pm Epic Pizza in the Boiler room fully electric jam session with PA system, drum kit and guitars provided to musicians. Featuring guest co-hosts and performers. Thu. Mar. 15 Joe Loutchan - Fiddler on the Loose 9:00 pm 98 Hotel Fri. Mar. 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. Mar. 16 Ben Mahony 7:00 pm The Social House Fri. Mar. 16 Friday Night Jams 8:00 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Bring your instrument and your voice and get in the lineup of instant communitydriven music and good times! Fri. Mar. 16 Open Mic with Patrick Jacobson 8:30 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Fri. Mar. 16 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sat. Mar. 17 Delhi 2 Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Concert 8:00 pm Coast High Country Inn Tickets Available at the High Country Inn or online. Sat. Mar. 17 Karaoke 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Sun. Mar. 18 Open Mic Night 3:00 pm 98 Hotel Sun. Mar. 18 Sunday Jam and Open Mic 7:00 pm Whiskey Jacks Pub & Grill Hosted by local musicians, until late, drink specials. Sun. Mar. 18 Ben Mahony 7:30 pm Best Western Gold Rush Inn Mon. Mar. 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.

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Wed. Mar. 14 CBC’s Dragon’s Den Auditions 10:00 am Coast High Country Inn CBC’s Dragons’ Den auditions are coming to Whitehorse! Apply online and audition in person. For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Reid, publicist elizabeth.reid@cbc.ca or by phone 416-205-2665 Wed. Mar. 14 Spanish Conversation Group 12:00 pm Yukon Government Administration Building Join us inside the Bridges Café 6336081 Terry or Michèle Wed. Mar. 14 Spring Job & Volunteer Fair 2018 2:00 pm Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Job seekers meet and learn about potencial employment within the Yukon, with over 30 different employment and vollunteer opportunites to be discovered. Wed. Mar. 14 TED Talk Huddle 3:30 pm (co) space coworking space` Each week we’ll select a new topic/Talk and hang around to discuss!

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You never know what amazing things some shots of mid-week creativity will spark. Wed. Mar. 14 Beginner Ceramics - Pottery with Larry Duguay 6:30 pm Arts Underground Students will be introduced to the properties of clay, wheel throwing techniques, some handbuilding and studio practice. Including glazing and firing of their work. Call 667-4080 to register. Wed. Mar. 14 Whitehorse United Church Choir Practice 7:30 pm Whitehorse United Church Wed. Mar. 14 Drinking with Scissors 8:00 pm The Social House We’ll be making some geeky and pie-themed projects. Kits with everything you need to make some awesome crafts will be available. Wed. Mar. 14 Hump Day Trivia 9:00 pm Yukon Inn in the Boiler Room Thu. Mar. 15 Free Yukoner Day MacBride Museum Every 3rd Thursday of the month. Valid Yukon ID must be presented at time of admission. Thu. Mar. 15 Hand Games 5:00 pm Kwanlin Dun Health Centre For more info contact Winston Smarch at 633-8422 Thu. Mar. 15 Camino 202 6:30 pm Hidden Valley School A fun information evening about the Camino de Santiago, the beautiful pilgrimage route across Spain. 335-4512 Thu. Mar. 15 Chess Corner 6:30 pm Yukon College Chess played in room A2101, beginners welcome, welcome to bring your own ‘lucky’ board. Everyone welcome to sit in on this game of strategy. Thu. Mar. 15 Christ Church Cathedral Choir Practice 7:30 pm Christ Church Cathedral Fri. Mar. 16 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. Mar. 16 Aboriginal Job and Career Fair 1:00 pm Canada Games Centre Held on the 2nd floor concourse, please bring electronic copy of your resume on a USB drive. Fri. Mar. 16 Afternoon Tea and Hymn Sing 2:00 pm Christ Church Cathedral Sat. Mar. 17 Felted Landscapes Workshop 9:00 am Whitehorse, Yukon This one-day workshop, participants will learn basic techniques of needle-felting and wet-felting to create an image of a landscape suitable for hanging on a wall. Register by email northernfibres@gmail.com. Sat. Mar. 17 Dog Wash Fundraiser 10:00 am The Feed Store Pet Junction All profit goes to Mae Bachur Animal Shelter Sat. Mar. 17 Chart Writing with Annie Avery 11:00 am Whitehorse, Yukon Learn how to write a chart so that you can easily work with a band. Class limit is 7 people. Please contact Barbara at bcyukon@mac.cm for information. Sat. Mar. 17 Long Ago Yukon Speaker 1:00 pm Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre Topic of Conversation - ‘Ice Patch Arrows of the Southern Yukon, Design and Function’ with Christian Thomas. 633-6579 Sat. Mar. 17 RCGS Explorer in Residence Jill Heinerth 1:00 pm Whitehorse Public Library A seasoned explorer will share dynamic images and stunning photographs from the last finite frontiers of this planet. She will share stories about risk management, technology and synergism. Sat. Mar. 17 Crib Tournament 6:15 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 Crib tournaments every Saturday - Member and non-members welcome. Sun. Mar. 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. Mar. 18 PIHD- The Taming of the Shrew Screening 2:00 pm The Old Fire Hall Witty and light-hearted in Shostakovich’s music, this vibrant production perfectly conveys Shakespeare’s brilliantly entertaining depiction of the clash between two feisty individuals. 2 hours and 5 minutes Sun. Mar. 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. Mon. Mar. 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. 867-6686280 or toll free: 888-668-6280 Fax: 867-6334576 Mon. Mar. 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

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Mon. Mar. 19 Titan Trivia 6:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles Lots of fun categories, and YUKON themed questions for the sourdoughs!! Teams of up to 6 people. Win store credit! Mon. Mar. 19 Euchre Night 6:00 pm Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 254 667-2802 Tue. Mar. 20 Second-hand Clothing Bazaar 5:30 pm Whitehorse Seventh-day Adventist Church Donations of clean clothing in good condition welcome. All proceeds go to charitable causes. For more info. call 633-3463.

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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. Wed. Mar. 14 Wed. Mar. 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. Mar. 14 Wed. Mar. 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 668-8698 for more details. Wed. Mar. 14 Wed. Mar. 14 Parent-Child Mother Goose 10:30 am Macaulay Lodge No Cost for these sessions, but registration is required. Register online or call 322-5990 if you need assistance. Age: Birth to 18 months. Wed. Mar. 14 Wed. Mar. 14 After School - On the Land 3:30 pm Nakwataku Potlatch House Whitehorse Activities with Elders, land based games + skills and snacks, call 334-8955 to register Wed. Mar. 14 Wed. Mar. 14 Tän Sakwäthän Youth 4:00 pm Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Different weekly topics, open to youth ages 12 - 17. For more info call 633-7683 Thu. Mar. 15 Thu. Mar. 15 Girls, Trans & Rainbow Club 3:00 pm Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre All girls, trans, non-binary & 2-spirited folks, ages 15-21 welcome. Come together, find support and take action. Thu. Mar. 15 Thu. Mar. 15 After School - On the Land 3:30 pm Nakwataku Potlatch House Whitehorse Activities with Elders, land based games + skills and snacks, call 334-8955 to register Thu. Mar. 15 Thu. Mar. 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. Mar. 16 Sun. Mar. 18 41st Annual Kilrich Building Centres Yukon Native Hockey Tournament Takhini Arena Registration now full, single day and weekend passes available. Call 668-4236 for details. Fri. Mar. 16 Fri. Mar. 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. Mar. 16 Fri. Mar. 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. Mar. 16 Fri. Mar. 16 Girls Club 7:30 pm Bethany Church Call 668-4877 for more information. Sat. Mar. 17 Sat. Mar. 17 Free Day in the Clothing Room 10:00 am Church of the Nazarene Children’s, Mens and Womens clothing that was freely received, freely we want to give. Call 633-4903 for more information. Sat. Mar. 17 Sat. Mar. 17 Snowshoe Fest 10:30 am Biathlon Range All ages and skill levels are whole heartedly welcome. Sat. Mar. 17 Sat. Mar. 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. Mar. 17 Sat. Mar. 17 Family Free Play Drop In 12:30 pm Family Literacy Centre Read, make crafts and participate in imaginative play. Sat. Mar. 17 Sat. Mar. 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. Mar. 18 Sun. Mar. 18 Kids Yoga 10:15 am Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga 45 minutes of mindfulness, growth, and movement. We play games and tell stories - for ages 5-7. Call 3348599 for more info. Sun. Mar. 18 Sun. Mar. 18 Masters 25 Release Draft 12:00 pm TItan Gaming & Collectibles Come do battle with some powerful cards. Very exciting reprints in this special anniversary set!

Sun. Mar. 18 Sun. Mar. 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 Sun. Mar. 18 Sun. Mar. 18 Pysanky; Ukrainian Easter Eggs 2:00 pm Arts Underground Pysanky is the Ukrainian art of egg decorating using wax and dyes. Instructor: Sheelah Tolton To register call reception at 667-4080. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Mon. Mar. 19 Mon. Mar. 19 March Break Youth Learn to Play Camp Better Bodies Crosstraining Centre Morning grades 3-6 Afternoon 7-9, email squashyukon.info@gmail. com or call 335-7672 to register. Mon. Mar. 19 Mon. Mar. 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. Mar. 19 Mon. Mar. 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. Mon. Mar. 19 Mon. Mar. 19 Stories Into Songs Performance 5:00 pm The Old Fire Hall Admission is by donation and includes refreshments, there will also be a cash bar. Tue. Mar. 20 Tue. Mar. 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. Mon. Mar. 19 March Break Maker Camp Arts Underground For anyone aged 9-12 who likes creating, crafting, DYI projects, tinkering and learning. Register online Mon. Mar. 19 March Break - Youth Learn to Play Camp Better Bodies Crosstraining Centre Morning grades 3-6 Afternoon 7-9, email squashyukon.info@gmail.com or call 335-7672 to register. Tue. Mar. 20 Spring Break Camp at Łu Ghą Klukshu Champagne And Aishihik First Nation - Whitehorse Office For ages 11-18 Register in person at either CAFN offices.

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Sat. Mar. 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. Mar. 20 Whitehorse Green Drinks 5:00 pm Town & Mountain Hotel Work in, research, or interested in conservation? Network, meet new friends. Tue. Mar. 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. Mar. 20 The Yukon Conservation Society’s AGM 5:15 pm Yukon Conservation Society Refreshments served. More information 668-5678 Tue. Mar. 20 YCS Annual General Meeting 5:15 pm 302 Hawkins St. Learn about our achievements, hear about our plans for the coming year, meet our incoming Executive Director, Mike Walton, elect Board members, Cake and refreshments will be served. 668-5678 Tue. Mar. 20 Yukon Conservation Society Annual General Meeting 5:15 pm Yukon Conservation Society Learn about our work over the past year and our projects for the coming year. We’ll also present the Volunteer of the Year award and elect the new Board for 2017. RSVP info@yukonconservation.org or 668-5678 Refreshments will be served! Tue. Mar. 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. Tue. Mar. 20 Fireweed Community Market Society AGM 7:00 pm Canada Games Centre In the Boardroom. Please feel free to contact us for more information at info@fireweedmarket.ca Wed. Mar. 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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Teaching language through song from Québec to the Yukon

Andreé Levesque-Sioui and Kyra Shaughnessy share French and Huron-Wendat First Nation language through musical workshops in Yukon high schools by Michael Bramadat-Willcock there are Francophone First Nations in Canada. This helps aboriginal students connect with French in a special way as well as giving all of the children the opportunity to engage with First Nations people from across the country. “Learning new languages really opens doors for children. It expands their minds at the same time as promising better opportunities in the future,” she said. “It helps them gain a unique kind of openness. Everyone deserves the chance to be bilingual.” Andrée Levesque-Sioui works for the Conseil de la Nation huronnewendat in Wendake Québec. She was invited to lead the sessions partly because of her unique perspective as a French speaking Aboriginal woman. Levesque-Sioui teaches the endangered Huron-Wendat language at the elementary school in Wendake (Huron-Wendat First Nation Reserve) in Québec. She’s an accomplished musician and won best producer at the Native American Music Awards in 2012 for her album Yahndawa. “It was interesting for me to see that in the Yukon they teach the First Nations languages as well as French,” said Levesque-Sioui.

Shaughnessy hopes to encourage a new generation of female artists in the North. “It’s touching when the kids come up to us, ask questions and interact. I hope that we can help inspire them. As two women musicians, I especially hope that we can be an example for young women to follow.” Levesque-Sioui and Shaughnessy are doing workshops at high schools in Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Watson Lake, Faro, Mayo and Dawson City. Shaughnessy will be playing some of her music along with upand-coming Yukon musician Calla Kinglit at Baked Café in Whitehorse on March 17 at 5 p.m. Levesque-Sioui will likely join in a duet with Shaughnessy during the set. Attendees can expect a mix of folk and roots music in English and French, with possible tunes in Irish Gaelic, Huron-Wendat and Spanish. Tickets are available at the door.

worked super well. So, you can have a foot in your culture as the same time as you’re doing something really cool and modern.” Kyra Shaughnessy is a rootsy folk-singer from Québec’s eastern Townships. She is currently working on her fifth album, to be released in the spring. Her style of music can be compared to Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco. She’s also working on an ancestral languages project with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Shaughnessy’s collaborative work with various First Nations and Francophone communities in Québec goes way back. Shaughnessy said there’s less of a barrier between them and the children in the workshops. She said children are encouraged to be curious and involved. “We do a mix of things. We sing, play music and share our cultures in French and Wendat. The kids participate and engage with us a lot. They play instruments, sing and talk with us.”

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ultilingual Quebec musicians Andrée LevesqueSioui and Kyra Shaughnessy are in the Yukon this month for a series of workshops with highschool students. The workshops are aimed at promoting bilingualism in the Yukon and are conducted in French and the Huron-Wendat First Nation language. “It’s been wonderful. Andrée and Kyra are really making an impact on the kids. It’s especially beautiful when they sing in the Wendat language and French. It’s truly wonderful that they’re sharing their language with us,” said Danielle Bonneau, French Cultural Partnership Officer with Yukon Government department of Education. Along with Yann Herry, coordinator of French programs at the Education Department, Bonneau organises cultural programs aimed at helping the Yukon’s high-school students experience the French language and culture firsthand. “This gives children a chance to live the language that they are learning through cultural events. It keeps the language living in their minds and helps them relate to it better,” said Bonneau. She said it also helps the students feel like a part of the wider community. “The program showcases local talent and occasionally we bring people in from other parts of Canada to share their culture with students, too.” Bonneau said it’s especially good for Yukon students to see that

Andrée Levesque-Sioui, left, and Kyra Shaughnessy are in the Yukon for a series of French and HuronWendat First Nation language workshops in local high schools “We’re here to promote not just French, but to promote bilingualism. Not to diminish English, but to open people’s minds to speaking more than one language,” she said. Levesque-Sioui thinks it’s important for young people to realize that traditional languages can be part of life today. “Kyra had the idea of beatboxing along with some of my songs in the Wendat language and it

Michael Bramadat-Willcock is a journalist based in Whitehorse. Full-disclosure: he’s Kyra Shaughnessy’s brother. The family of four children grew up on a small farm in southern Québec.

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The philosophy behind yoga

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y learning yoga you can make changes in your health and habits, improve your energy level and make you feel better throughout the day. Others can sense the improvement in your energy and they will feel more comfortable in your presence. It can make your face shine and your eyes sparkle. Yoga, or yoga shastra (science), is part of an ancient philosophical system from India that is thousands of years old. Yoga literally means “connection with the Ultimate.” One of the ways to achieve the connection is through Jñana Yoga. This involves self-inquiry through contemplation and self-affirmation. Another way is Hatha Yoga, which is the kind most people think of when they hear the word yoga. This involves physical exercise, breathing exercise and body cleansing, but the most popular focus in the west is the physical. As you stretch your muscles your body structure begins to look better. Your posture improves. Many people experience weight loss as their muscles become stronger. But also there is improvement in blood circulation and a stimulation of the

endocrine system. All of these physical improvements are really just side effects of your daily practice. The main purpose of yoga is self-mastery. By improving self-control and self-confidence you will begin on the road to finding the ultimate truth. That is the basic philosophy behind yoga. Swami Vishnudevananda, my teacher, simplified yoga into five points. These are proper exercise, proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper diet, positive thinking and meditation. He compared these five points to what is needed to run a car. Proper exercise is the lubrication, proper breathing is the battery, proper relaxation is the cooling system, proper diet is the fuel (fresh nutritious food), and positive thinking and meditation is the driver. The best way to learn yoga is through the yoga intensive. Just go for it. The yoga intensive is a committed way of learning and most of the effect of yoga can be attained only through intensive practice. The reason is because we are overpowering our bad habits in life by putting new habits in their place. People are seeking joy in life, and the new habit you develop will

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The Awesome Dawsons carried the flag for rural communities at this year’s Destination Imagination Yukon Tournament on March 3

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Dawson City was the lone Yukon communities entrant at this year’s territorial tournament. Last fall, Destination Imagination Yukon launched a three year Community Outreach pilot project with the two schools in Watson Lake. “Up until recently there haven’t been many communities participating,” Taylor explained. “We’ve seen an opportunity for a pilot project in Watson Lake to create a model for other communities to adopt.” The program will be working with teachers and students in Grades 6, 7, 8 and 9. The program is being supported with funding from Wildstone Construction and the international Destination Imagination organization, which will enable the Yukon representatives to travel to Watson Lake and help implement the classroom materials needed. “The international organization has an interest in northern communities,” Taylor said. “We received a micro-grant from them for the project. It was one of eight approved across 30 countries.” The group has already expanded some of the programming available in Whitehorse and is being organized for Watson Lake. Local businesses have contributed staff with skills applicable to the competition and they teach at Friday night sessions. In addition, they are partnering with artists who are hired to work with teachers and students to improve their presentation skills for the competition.

For this year’s competition they recruited the very first French speaking appraiser team for Destination Imagination Yukon. Many of the teams, including the one that qualified for last year’s global competition, are comprised of French-speaking students and the event organizers wanted to ensure that teams were given the choice to present their challenge solutions in French and English. The top five teams will be invited to attend the Provincial Tournament in British Columbia later this year. They are Les Super Tortues (École Émilie-Tremblay), Frosted Ant-Arctic Churros (Hidden Valley), L.A.R.Y (Vanier Secondary), Grumpy Gummies (École ÉmilieTremblay), and Girl Power (Jack Hulland). The top team may have the opportunity to attend the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Teachers, students or parents looking to learn more about Destination Imagination Yukon can contact them at DIYukon@gmail.com.

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Cheese stuffed bacon wrapped bison burger

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Cheese stuffed bacon wrapped bison burger

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you can stuff them to the gills with cheese and wrap them with bacon without having to

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1 pound ground bison (or 4 preformed burgers)

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Salt and pepper, to taste

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3 ounces cheese (cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack)

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8 slices of bacon

Wrapping the burger in bacon

Vegetable oil

a bacon that’s on the thicker side for the best bacon:cheese:burger ratio.

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Serves 2 hungry people

Stuffing the burger

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Cheese stuffed bacon wrapped bison burger .. cont’d METHOD

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Set the oven at 350ºF. Form the ground meat into four patties and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide cheese between two of the patties, then top with remaining patties. Pinch the edges of each burger to fully seal in the cheese.

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A weekend of laughs

New comedy festival features 6 stand-up comics from the United States, March 22 through 24 by Jason Westover

T

he Yukon stand-up comedy scene can be fickle. Some years comics will perform to packed houses that turn people away at the door. Other years, not so much. Whether it’s a lack of comics, audience, or both, northern life can bring a number of challenges that make live comedy difficult to maintain. Richard Eden, George Maratos and the Yukon Comedy Collective are hoping to change that with their inaugural Yukon Comedy Festival, which will take place in Whitehorse March 22 to 24 and in Dawson City on March 25. The festival will feature comics from the United States and Canada, including homegrown Yukon performers. Comics will range from up-and-comers to touring professionals. A goal of Maratos and Eden is to use the Yukon Comedy Festival to help put the Yukon on the national comedy map. “I’m aware of the fluidity of the ups and downs, but with the festival and collective we now have this foundation and structure. Were trying to bring in a level of comedy that you don’t often get to see,” Maratos said. It was Eden who first conceptualised the idea after attending a comedy show at The Guild Hall. He recognised there was a healthy talent pool of local comics and though there was comedy being produced in the territory, Eden thought there was a bit of a disconnect with the core populous of Yukoners and saw an opportunity to take the comedy scene further and build on it.

Being relatively new to the territory, Eden turned to Yukon stand up comedy stalwart George Maratos to help get the festival off the ground. “I thought he just wanted to do comedy and get advice. I was pleased and surprised when he

Yukon performers. “It’s a platform for local comics to learn, and part of that is having a tight five minutes (of comedy) to perform in a festival with professional comedians,” Maratos said. Eden also praises the Yukon businesses who have gone above

Victoria comic Chelsea Lou headlines the Air North Opening Show on March 22 at The Guild Hall

Lou, a comic based in Victoria, British Columbia. “I’m so excited for this festival. Stand-up communities can be a little insulated from each other sometimes, so the best part will definitely be seeing what comedy in the Yukon is all about. I’ve

American comic Kyle Kinane will at the YAC on March 24 as part of the Yukon Comedy Festival

PHOTO: Christian J. Stewart

PHOTO: Jenna Levine

mentioned a festival. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a decade” said Maratos. Understanding that a festival takes time and resources, Maratos and Eden created the not for profit society the Yukon Comedy Collective. The newly formed organization’s mandate is to “provide Yukon residents with entertainment through comedic shows and workshops.” The festival will not only serve as the Yukon Comedy Collective’s cornerstone, but will also help

and beyond through sponsorship to help achieve the goals of the festival. “The only way we can do this is through support of our community businesses,” he said. The festival is primarily broken down into three performance galas. Each show has a unique blend and flavour of comedy. The Air North Opening Show on March 22 The Guild Hall will feature the Yukon’s homegrown comics James Boyle, Steph Aube, Stephen McGovern, Oshea Jephson, and will be headlined by Chelsea

never been before, and it just so happens that I’m in the mood for a whirlwind adventure that may lead to an untimely, frigid death,” Lou said. The Winterlong Show on March 23 at the Old Fire Hall will be hosted by Whitehorse comic Jenny Hamilton and features rising stars from the United States. The show presents Los Angeles comics Rivers Langley and Mr. Goodnight, and will be headlined by comic Kyle Clark, based in Simi Valley, California.

Aside from his stand-up work, Clark is also known for his appearances on the Nerdist podcast as well as his own show, the This is Rad! podcast. The Headline Show on March 24 at the Yukon Art Centre will be hosted by George Maratos and features pro comics Dave Merheje, based in New York City; Dino Archie, based in Los Angeles; and Kyle Kinane, based in Los Angeles. Kinane is a touring comic who has performed on Conan and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as well as lending his voice to Comedy Central animated hits Adventure Time and The Regular Show. New Mr. D cast member Dave Merheje will make his first trip to the Yukon. “It’s dope that comedy can take you to places like this,” he said. As well as heading to Dawson City for a show at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture on March 25, the festival will host a free improv workshop at the Old Fire Hall and live recordings of the popular podcasts The Goods from the Woods and the This is Rad at the Winterlong Brewing Company, located at 83 Mount Sima Road. For more information about The Yukon Comedy Festival, check out their website www.YukonComedyFestival.com or their Facebook page.

Freelance Writer Jason Westover is a father and comedian who currently lives in Old Crow.

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Mon. Mar. 19 Kids & Parents Yoga 4:00 pm Grace Space Work with breathing, holding poses for longer time, rapidity and coordination with sun salutations, relaxation and meditation. Call or email for more info. 335-6216 info@ gracespaceyukon.com Mon. Mar. 19 Intro Yoga Just for Teens 4:30 pm Rooted Tree Massage & Yoga Exploring Hatha Yoga, building skills that develop strength, reduce stress, and bring your mind, body, and heart into balance.Ages 12-19 Call 334-8599 to register. Mon. Mar. 19 Shamata Meditation 5:15 pm White Swan Sanctuary Group meditation all levels welcome Mon. Mar. 19 Buddhist Meditation Society 5:15 pm White Swan Sanctuary All are welcome! Mon. Mar. 19 Yoga for Athletes with Meagan Louise 7:00 pm Grace Space Blend of yin yoga, flowing sequences, strength work, relaxation, and meditation will help people keep on doing what they love. Email for more information info@ gracespaceyukon.com 335-6216 Mon. Mar. 19 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting 7:30 pm 4071 4th Ave (Many Rivers Bdg) Overeaters Anonymous Meeting every Monday Please ring the buzzer if the door is locked. Meeting every first and third Monday of the Month Tue. Mar. 20 Weight Watchers 5:00 pm Yukon College Please arrive 30-minutes prior to the listed meeting time for weigh-in and registration, room A2202. 403-473-0645 blong@ weightwatchers.ca Tue. Mar. 20 Golden Horn Yoga 6:00 pm Golden Horn Elementary, Terice 668-6631 Wed. Mar. 21 The Counselling Drop-In Clinic 10:00 am Many Rivers Counselling and Support Services Free Drop-In counselling is offered every Wednesday from 10am - 4pm. Wed. Mar. 21 Women & Children Lunch Date 11:30 am Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre Delicious Free Lunch for Women & Children Wed. Mar. 21 Yoga and Art 7:00 pm Grace Space Enjoy a 45 minute yoga session followed by 45 minutes of guided creative work with mixed media journaling, drawing and painting technique. Call or email to register. 335-6216 info@gracespaceyukon.com


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Community EVENTS Wed. Mar. 14 Yoga with Megan Samms 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Call Megan at 651-2248 for more info. Wed. Mar. 14 Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Sat. Mar. 17 Saturday Sewing 10:00 am Atlin Rec Centre Every level of experience, from absolute beginner to advanced sewer, is welcome! Sat. Mar. 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. Mar. 18 St. Martins Anglican Church Service 10:00 am St. Martins Anglican Church Sun. Mar. 18 Atlin Christian Centre 10:30 am Atlin Christian Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Atlin Recreation Centre AGM 6:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Election of board members, membership renewal, spaghetti dinner in the lounge. Membership must be in good standing to attend. Wed. Mar. 21 Yoga with Megan Samms 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre Call Megan at 651-2248 for more info. Wed. Mar. 21 Ladies’ Lunch & Carpet Bowling 7:00 pm Atlin Rec Centre

Sat. Mar. 17 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Sat. Mar. 17 Cocktail Night 5:00 pm Eldorado Hotel In the Sluice Box Lounge, from classics over hot/desert drinks, to a featured special. Sat. Mar. 17 Boardwalk Burlesque 10:30 pm Diamond Tooth Gerties Featuring all new ladies and all new numbers, this show is guaranteed to shed your winter blues! Tickets at the door. Sun. Mar. 18 St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 am St Paul’s Church 867-993-5381 Sun. Mar. 18 Soul Sunday with The Sweet Nuggets 11:00 pm Westminster Hotel Mon. Mar. 19 to Thu. Mar. 22 Youth Enrichment Registration KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Spend 4 days working with a professional artist in Dawson City! For Yukon high school students, grades 9-12. Mon. Mar. 19 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Mon. Mar. 19 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Step n Strong 7:00 pm Robert Service School For more information email: getrealfit(at)me.com 867-993-2520 Wed. Mar. 21 CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio.

BEAVER CREEK

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

BURWASH LANDING

Mon. Mar. 19 Growing Tourism 11:00 am Jacquot Hall Lunch is provided. Call 1-800661-0494 for more details.

CARCROSS

Wednesdays Healthy Choices & Nutrition Activities 9:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wednesdays Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program Lunch 12:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School For more info:kathleen. cranfield@ctfn.ca 821-4251 Wednesdays Tlingit Language Game Nights 5:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Wednesdays Hiroshikai Judo 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School 332-1031 Wednesdays AA Carcross 6:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Mar. 15 CPNP Lunch 12:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Mar. 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. Mar. 15 Sewing Nights 6:30 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Thu. Mar. 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. Mar. 17 Traditional Handgames 1:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Sun. Mar. 18 St. Saviours Church Service 11:00 am St. Saviour’s Church 867-668-3129 Mon. Mar. 19 Art at the Carving Shed 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Mon. Mar. 19 AA - Tagish 7:30 pm Carcross/ Tagish First Nation Building Tue. Mar. 20 Elders Breakfast 10:00 am Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. Mar. 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. Mar. 20 Tlingit Language classes 5:00 pm CTFN Capacity Building Tue. Mar. 20 Excellence Group 5:00 pm Carcross/Tagish First Nation Building Tue. Mar. 20 Sports Night 6:00 pm Ghùch Tlâ Community School Tue. Mar. 20 Women’s Group 7:00 pm Carcross Community Campus 821-4251

DAWSON CITY

Until Sat. Apr. 14 Art Exhibit - Curtis Grahauer KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Featuring his work of As Far Upriver as you can go Before Having to switch to a Pole. Wed. Mar. 14 CFYT Trivia 8:00 pm The Billy Goat A fundraiser for CFYT local radio. Thu. Mar. 15 Open Mic In The Lounge 9:00 pm Westminster Hotel Hosted by Jonathan Howe Fri. Mar. 16 to Sun. Mar. 18 Thaw-Di-Gras Spring Carnival Dawson City Fri. Mar. 16 Super Seniors Weights 55+ 11:00 am Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri. Mar. 16 Women & Weights (Ladies Only) 12:00 pm Dawson City Fitness Centre Fri. Mar. 16 Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Youth Centre 3:00 pm Tr’ondek Hwech’in Youth Centre Fri. Mar. 16 Thaw-Di-Gras Lip Sync Competition 7:00 pm Diamond Tooth Gerties Dawsonites take the stage and perform their favourite jams in full costume in front of half the town. Win cash prizes, (19+ event) To register 993-5584 or e-mail info@dcmf.com for more information. Sat. Mar. 17 Spring Arts and Crafts Fair 11:00 am KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Reserve your table at KIAC or call 993-5005. Payment is required upon registration to guarantee your spot. Tables are limited. Sat. Mar. 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.

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Wednesdays Archery 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre No experience or equipment needed. Wednesdays & Saturdays Public Skate 4:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@ faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Wed. Mar. 14 Seniors Meeting 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre All seniors are welcome to attend! Wed. Mar. 14 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Wed. Mar. 14 Broomball 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Thu. Mar. 15 After School Kids Club 3:30 pm Faro Recreation Centre Ages 6-12, snacks, crafts, field trips and lots of fun games. Call 994-2375 for more information. Fri. Mar. 16 Curling 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Fri. Mar. 16 Teen Drop in Gym 7:00 pm Del Van Gorder School Sat. Mar. 17 Sticks and Pucks 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@ faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details. Sun. Mar. 18 Faro Church of Apostles Mass 10:00 am Church of Apostles Sun. Mar. 18 Faro Bible Chapel Sunday Service 10:30 am Faro Bible Chapel with Pastor Ted Baker 994-2442 994-2442 Tue. Mar. 20 Parent & Tot Storytime 10:00 am Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Wed. Mar. 21 Faro Fire Department Meeting 7:00 pm Faro Fire Hall Faro Fire Department Wednesday Meeting. Wed. Mar. 21 Broomball 7:00 pm Father Rigaud Arena Email recreation@faroyukon.ca or call 994-2575 for more details.

HAINES JUNCTION

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays Public Skate Haines Junction Community Centre Tues-Weds 3:15 - 5:15, Thurs 5:30. Fri 3:00 - 6:30 and Sat 1:00-4:00 Wed. Mar. 14 Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed. Mar. 14 Kids Craft Time with Marty Ritchie 3:15 pm Haines Junction Community Library Call 634-2215 for more information. Wed. Mar. 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. Thu. Mar. 15 Adult Soccer 7:30 pm St. Elias Community School Thu. Mar. 15 Chair Yoga For Seniors 3:00 pm Haines Junction Seniors Apartments Thu. Mar. 15 Elders’ Tea & Fitness Lunch 11:00 am Mun Ku Thu. Mar. 15 Open Mic 7:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre Thu. Mar. 15 Seniors - Carpet Bowling 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Thu. Mar. 15 Seniors Tai Chi 1:30 pm Haines Junction Thu. Mar. 15 Women’s Circle 5:30 pm Mun Ku Email elskloppers@gmail.com for more information. Fri. Mar. 16 Story Hour 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Library Sun. Mar. 18 St Christopher’s Church Service 10:30 am St Christopher’s Church Service - Info: Mark Ritchie 634-2943 Mon. Mar. 19 Fitness Classes - Pilates & Yoga 5:15 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Mon. Mar. 19 Seniors Nordic Walking 1:30 pm St Elias Convention Centre All Seniors and Elders welcome! Meet in the Atrium Tue. Mar. 20 Romp and Stomp Music and Movement 10:00 am Haines Junction Community Centre In the Mezzanine Free, music and movement for kids 0-4 and parents, There will be a healthy snack provided. All welcome! Come get your wiggles out!! To register call 335 2583 Tue. Mar. 20 Southern Tutchone Classes 12:00 pm Da Ku Cultural Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Takhini Family Game Night 7:00 pm Takhini Hall Wed. Mar. 21 Adult Volleyball 6:30 pm St. Elias Community School Wed. Mar. 21 Kids Craft Time with Marty Ritchie 3:15 pm Haines Junction Community Library Call 634-2215 for more information.

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Wed. Mar. 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. Mar. 21 Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 pm St Elias Convention Centre

MARSH LAKE

Wednesdays & Thursdays Choir Wed. 7:00 pm Thur. 6:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat. Mar. 17 Knitting Circle 1:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre 660-4999 managermarshlake@gmail.com Sun. Mar. 18 Drop in Badminton 12:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Sun. Mar. 18 Zumba Classes with Mariana Giaccaglia 3:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue. Mar. 20 North of 60 Seniors Cafe 2:00 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Yoga 5:30 pm Marsh Lake Community Centre Drop in Yoga info@ yogawhitehorse.ca Tue. Mar. 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.

MAYO

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

MOUNT LORNE

Sun. Mar. 18 New Me, New You - TED Talk 1:30 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre Watch and discuss a selection of prerecorded TEDTalks. Admission is free, but please bring a plate of food to share Mon. Mar. 19 Yoga with Jess Sellers 7:00 pm Lorne Mountain Community Centre For more info call 667-7083 or Email lmca@ northwestel.net

OLD CROW

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

TAGISH

Wed. Mar. 14 Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed. Mar. 14 Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Thu. Mar. 15 Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Thu. Mar. 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. Mar. 17 2018 Tagish Poker Run and Spring Carnival Tagish Community Centre A fun filled day packed with lots of games and excitement for all ages. Checkpoints with snacks, hot drinks and fires to warm up. Stay for the Carnival,Costume Contest, Snowshoe Races, Door Prizes, Live Music Sat. Mar. 17 OsteoFit 10:00 am Tagish Community Centre Sat. Mar. 17 Youth Music School 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Email recreation@ tagishyukon.org for more information. Sat. Mar. 17 Pickleball 11:00 am Tagish Community Centre Come try Pickleball, a new sport offered which combines table tennis and regular tennis. Sat. Mar. 17 Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Sun. Mar. 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?’ 3993407 recreation@tagishyukon.org Sun. Mar. 18 Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 4:00 pm Tagish Community Church of the Nazarene 633-4903 tagishcc@ gmail.com Mon. Mar. 19 Nordic Walking 1:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 for more info. Tue. Mar. 20 Carpet Bowling 11:15 am Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling. Wed. Mar. 21 Tagish Library 12:00 pm Tagish Community Centre 399-3418 Wed. Mar. 21 Foot Wellness Clinic 1:30 pm Tagish Community Centre Wed. Mar. 21 Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Fresh baked goods every Wednesday. Wed. Mar. 21 Tagish Community Association meeting 7:00 pm Tagish Community Centre Agenda posted at tagish.ca

TESLIN

Thu. Mar. 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. Mar. 16 Girls Club 6:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 3354250 for more information. Fri. Mar. 16 Youth Club 8:00 pm Teslin Rec Center For grades 7-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Call Kelsey 3354250 for more information. Tue. Mar. 20 After School Sports K - Gr. 4 3:30 pm Teslin Rec Center Tue. Mar. 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. Mar. 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

WATSON LAKE

Wed. Mar. 14 Baby & Me Snowshoeing 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Call 5368023 for more information. Thu. Mar. 15 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Thu. Mar. 15 Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Sat. Mar. 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. Mar. 18 St. John’s Church Service 10:00 am St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Mon. Mar. 19 Help and Hope Drop in for Moms and Kids 1:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Crafts and Activities together! Mon. Mar. 19 Power Yoga 5:30 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Body Fit 7:00 pm Watson Lake Recreation Centre Contact Meaghan for more information 536-8023 Tue. Mar. 20 Town of Watson Lake Council Meeting 7:00 pm

HAINES

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 #907-766-2666 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, 5:30 pm Haines Public Library #907-766-2545 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Yoga with Mandy 1:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays, Tai Chi 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mondays and Wednesdays Kids Jujutsu 5:00 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. Mar. 14 Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed. Mar. 14 Lent Supper & Devotion 6:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Wed. Mar. 14 Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed. Mar. 14 Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre Thu. Mar. 15 Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Mar. 15 Rivertalk 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Mar. 15 Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Thu. Mar. 15 Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri. Mar. 16 Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Fri. Mar. 16 Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 am Haines Chamber Of Commerce Fri. Mar. 16 Story time 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Fri. Mar. 16 Tai Chi - Advanced 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Fri. Mar. 16 to Sun. Mar. 18 LCCP “Jake’s Women” Theater 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun. Mar. 18 Bible Club - Sunday School 12:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Sun. Mar. 18 St Michael’s - lobby 11:30 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Sun. Mar. 18 Sunday Worship 11:00 am Haines Presbyterian Church Sun. Mar. 18 Yoga with Melina 10:15 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon. Mar. 19 Adults Jujutsu 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon. Mar. 19 Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Mon. Mar. 19 Mother Goose Stories and Songs @ Library 12:00 pm Haines Borough Public Library Mon. Mar. 19 Private Jujutsu Clas 4:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Mon. Mar. 19 Strength & Stretch - Lobby 11:00 am Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue. Mar. 20 Adv. Beginner Tai Chi 7:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue. Mar. 20 Oscar Shorts 8:00 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Tue. Mar. 20 Tai Chi - Beginning 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts

Tue. Mar. 20 Women’s Fellowship 3:00 pm Haines Senior Center Wed. Mar. 21 Aqua Aerobics 8:00 am Haines Borough Swimming Pool Wed. Mar. 21 Homework Help 5:30 pm Haines Borough Public Library Wed. Mar. 21 Lent Supper & Devotion 6:30 pm Haines Presbyterian Church Wed. Mar. 21 Sword Class 6:30 pm Chilkat Center For The Arts Wed. Mar. 21 Tlingit Language Class 3:30 pm Sheldon Museum & Cultural Centre

SKAGWAY

Mondays & Wednesdays & TRX Suspension Training 5:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sign up required Mondays & Wednesdays Spinning w/ Cindy 4:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays Noon Xpress Spinning 12:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays Mat Pilates 5:30 pm Mon/Wed, 11:00 am Sat. Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using classical mat exercises to create long, lean muscles. 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays Dance Fusion with Kaera New Latin Hip Hop Class 5:00 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 Wednesdays, 6:00 pm Sundays, Skagway Recreation Centre Special Fee & Sign-up Thu. Mar. 15 Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Mar. 15 Easy Does it YogaRestorative Yoga ALL Level 5:45 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Mar. 15 Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Thu. Mar. 15 Pilates w. MVe Chair: 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using the MVe Chair to strengthen the body from the inside out. Thu. Mar. 15 Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Thu. Mar. 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. Fri. Mar. 16 Gentle Flow 6:15 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A gentle and calming practice that combines breath with movement. Fri. Mar. 16 SpinYOGA 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Sat. Mar. 17 Bouncy House Fun Time! 1:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre A parent or guardian must accompany children 12 and under. Sat. Mar. 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. Sat. Mar. 17 St. Patrick’s Day Old Car Parade 2:00 pm Skagway Alaska Call 907612-0100 for details. Sat. Mar. 17 Volleyball For Adults 6:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Sun. Mar. 18 Aerial Conditioning 5:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mon. Mar. 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. Mar. 19 Aerial Conditioning 5:30 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Mon. Mar. 19 Restorative - Yin Yoga ALL Levels 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Mon. Mar. 19 Roller Hockey For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Back/Hip Yoga with Myofascial Release and Acupressure 10:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Basketball For Adults 7:00 pm Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Mar. 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. Mar. 20 Mindful Vinyasa Flow 6:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Tue. Mar. 20 Pilates w. MVe Chair: 8:00 am Skagway Recreation Centre Intermediate core based class using the MVe Chair to strengthen the body from the inside out. Tue. Mar. 20 Senior Weights with Dana 10:30 am Skagway Recreation Centre Chair based resistance training program that’s not just for seniors. Tue. Mar. 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.


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JOIN US at the Family Literacy Centre in the Canada Games Centre MondaySaturday with regular programs in the morning and afternoon drop in (Saturday drop in only).

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>> in the Hougen Heritage Gallery: YUKON ARCHIVES Archival Gold: Favourites from the Vault Exhibi�on closes January 26, 2013

MARCH BREAK KIDS’ CAMP Open Studio Sessions with Yukon artist,

>> Ceramic Open Studio Sessions << Meshell Melvin Sundays from 2:30 to 6pm $5 per hour

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>> Acrylic Pain�ng Open Studio << week adventure of art making; with Neil Graham creating maps and dioramas every first and third Wednesday of of new lands with each month 7 todrawing, 9pm sculpture, printmaking $10 per 2 hour sessionand

painting. A fun journey for To register call: 867-667-4080 young artists who are happy to Email: recep� on@artsunderground.ca be exploring and are not afraid to make a mess. Meshell has an enthusiasm and passion for teaching that parallels her devotion to her own work, believing strongly in the importance of art education for everyone in the community. In 2012 she was voted favourite Yukon teacher in the Yukon North of Ordinary’s first ever readership poll. She has been teaching for many years and has a spirit that cultivates a supportive and creative environment for children.

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AuRoaring Reviews with Vanessa Ratjen

Bridging the Divide

Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road by Atlin author Kate Harris “Back on the bike, I pretended that the

wheels didn’t travel

the world’s surface so

much as unspool it, and if I stopped pedalling for even a second it

would all fade away.

The mineral glitter of

the mountains and the cloud-shot indigo sky and this road like a

parade of detours was all a dream sustained only in motion.”

--an excerpt from Lands of Lost Borders by Kate Harris Author Kate Harris lives off the grid in a cabin in Atlin, B.C.

Kate Harris grew up geeking out on Mars. But when it became apparent that visiting the red planet meant cutting out such creature comforts as breathing fresh air, Harris decided there might be some benefits (like sufficient oxygen supply and more freedom to move about) to settling for an earthbound adventure. So she shucked her space dreams and, with her friend, Mel Yule, picked up the courage to embark on a different trip: to cycle the Silk Road from end to end. Fuelled by scrappy determination and almost a year’s worth of oatmeal and instant noodles, Harris and Yule pedal and camp from Turkey to Nepal along the old trading route. In her book Lands of Lost Borders: Out of Bounds on the Silk Road, Harris chronicles their extraordinary journey, one that stretches past the geography they traverse. Better than a travel diary, the story Harris weaves between the tangible sweat and tears of questionable visas and saddle sores, is one that explores history and the imagination and what journeying

knees, in every possible sense. It was torture. It was sublime. It was basically everything I’d ever wanted,” Harris writes. It’s gritty; at times, gross. It’s tough. Filled with metaphors, historical asides and personal reflections, Harris brings the reader through the desert, across harrowing border crossings and into her inner journey. Because beyond the physical, Harris explores “how borders make and break what is wild in the world, from mountain ranges to people’s minds, and how science, or more specifically wilderness conservation, might bridge those divides.” PHOTO: Vanessa Ratjen The politics of journeying across a land divided by international borders, intimidatLands of Lost Borders ing checkpoints and bureaucratic hurdles — not to mention the number of high-altitude mountain passes — is at times stressful into the unknown can do for it. The name “Silk Road” may and hard work, but Harris takes hold a romantic appeal, but in re- these experiences as times to enality rugged terrain has very little gage and reason with the abstract sense of “otherness” she feels comfort to it: “On a daily basis the rough- around her. This “otherness” of foreign culhewn wonder of that place and experience brought me to my tural norms and alien landscapes

is at times comedic, wonderfully generous, awe-inspiring and also intensely fearsome and infuriating. But it is wrestling with this otherness — outside and in — that we grow from. And that better knowledge of self seems to satisfy the sense of searching that Harris has been craving. Because it truly is about the journey, Harris says, not the destination. And “the other half,” she writes, “and maybe the most crucial half for exploration to matter beyond the narrow margins of the self, is come home to share the tale.” A beautifully written, wellgrounded and a knowledgeable read, Lands of Lost Borders is a good reminder that whether it’s Mars or something a little closer, the distance to the destination isn’t as important as how much it inspires us to make the trip. Published by Knopf Canada, Lands of Lost Borders was released on January 30, 2018. 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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PHOTOS: courtesy of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Yukon Pomp

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Haines Junction community groups created 400 fur pom-poms for Team Yukon to wear to the Arctic Winter Games next week by Michael Bramadat-Willcock

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here’s a furry addition to Team Yukon’s uniforms as they march into the opening ceremony of the Arctic Winter Games in the Northwest Territories on March 18. Athletes will sport fur pom-poms made from wolf pelts harvested in the Haines Junction area and sewn onto their hats by members of the community. The pom-poms are part of the unFURled project, which aims to grow the Yukon’s trapping industry. “This idea came from a focus group we held over a year ago, where one of the participants talked about how in the past, fur was used by athletes to stay warm in cold climates,” said unFURled Project Coordinator Kelly Milner. “We started talking about the Arctic Winter Games and whether or not we could get fur incorporated into a team uniform. We knew that the Haines Junction community was looking for a community fur sewing project, and we thought this could be a way of bringing these two ideas together.” Milner said that having local fur as part of Team Yukon’s uniforms is a way of recognizing fur’s cultural importance in the North and, of course, for keeping warm. The idea of showcasing local culture at the Winter Games isn’t exclusive to the Yukon. “Over the past few years we’ve noticed how other Arctic Winter Games teams have been incorporating fur into their uniforms; Greenland has seal skin and Nunavik and the Northwest Territories have fur ruffs on their parkas,” Milner said. “We approached Team Yukon this year to see if we could do something similar with our team... Our hope is we can work with Team Yukon to integrate more Yukon fur into future uniforms as a way of representing our fur heritage while also supporting a local industry.” She’s even overheard a few athletes talking about their uniforms and everyone seems very excited. “Fur pom-poms are very fashion-

able these days and the ones Team Yukon will be sporting have a very special story behind them that is rooted in our territory.” It’s also about revitalizing a lost tradition. “When I was a kid, Team Yukon jackets came with fur pompoms and ruffs on them. They were made by the Yukon Parka Factory back then.” Sewers in Haines Junction were enthusiastic about the project. “The response from the Haines Junction community has been overwhelming,” said Milner. “So many people were part of it, from elders to youth and everyone in between.” A $200 honorarium was offered to non-profit groups that wanted to sew 50 pom-poms. “Sometimes we need a reason and a deadline to leave our house on a cold winter night,” said Haines Junction trapper and local fur enthusiast Lisa Preto. This project brought a lot of people together. “Sewing for fundraising was fun and social, and the Arctic Winter Games is a valuable experience for so many Yukon youth- it was a winwin-win project,” said Preto. “It’s heartwarming that people were coming together to sew fur. It’s one of the oldest reasons in history to get together.” Preto was especially impressed by members at the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Youth Centre. “They jumped into action as soon as I asked if they would like to be involved.” The students at the Youth Centre who are participating in the games were interested in the project, too. “I think when they see all the hats at the opening ceremonies, they will be really proud that this project was from their community,” Preto said. She loves the spirit of comradery between northerners at the Winter Games. “We understand the context of each other – all being somewhat isolated with long winters and small

communities. It’s exciting to learn about and visit other northern regions and meet other northern people.” Preto sees the Arctic Winter Games as a “unique opportunity for northerners, hosted by northerners.” This makes it an especially relevant venue to display Yukon culture. “There is a lot of pride at the Games in representing the wilderness, wildness and connection to the land, along with the uniqueness of the area. “I believe that wearing wild local fur represents and showcases all of those things... The Arctic Winter Games are an opportunity for youth to define their identities, both as athletes and Yukoners, and I hope that this contribution of fur adds to that Yukon identity.” Preto said that Yukoners can support the local industry by noticing when people around them are wearing fur and engaging with them and asking questions. “If you see something you like or find interesting, say something! The stories of how things are made, or how people acquired them are unique. This is the best part of a handmade industry.” Those who would like to be more involved in sewing fur can tap into opportunities in Whitehorse and the communities to learn or join a sewing circle. “...Take a class or workshop or just jump in. Make traditional items like slippers and mitts, or new items like scarves or earrings, or a combination of the two. “If you’re not into sewing or creating, buy from the masters and innovators who love working with fur.” John Trotter, Yukon Government appointed co-chair at Alsek Renewable Resources Council, said that the pom-pom project fulfills the mandates of moose population recovery by trapping wolves, as well as the revitalization and promotion of ethical trapping in the region. “There’s a long history of trapping

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Champagne and Aishihik First Nation athletes gathered at the CAFN Youth Centre in Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction) in advance of the 2018 Arctic Winter Games Shannon Maloney (left), Millie Joe, Dena Graham and Jeannette Jackson are a few of the many volunteers who helped sew more than 400 fur pom-poms

in the Yukon. It’s important that we support the community and get more people out in the bush,” said Trotter. Trappers received on-the-ground training in current, humane animal harvesting techniques. Trotter made it clear that the wolves were ethically harvested in accordance with the Government of Yukon’s wildlife management goals. “The project is following very stringent guidelines under the Wolf Conservation Management Plan.” Pelts were then tanned and treated through the Yukon Trappers Association. The Yukon Government’s trapping guidelines are available online for anyone interested, as are further details on the wildlife management initiative and science behind the project. Non-profit groups involved in sewing the pom-poms included

Michael Bramadat-Willcock is a journalist based in Whitehorse. He’s doing his Master’s at Concordia University in Montreal with a research focus on digital innovations in data journalism and science reporting in the North.

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What's Up Yukon, March 14, 2018  

"Get Ready to Laugh"

What's Up Yukon, March 14, 2018  

"Get Ready to Laugh"