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enjoyed showing her work, and wanted to do more of it. “Once I heard about the residency–because I knew some people who had gone through it–I decided to apply on a whim, not thinking I would get accepted because there are so many amazing artists in the Yukon. I wanted to do some more exhibition work and showcase the collection I’ve been working on.” McLeod was in the process of creating Dene Futurisms, which was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts and Yukon Culture Quest. The collection was originally meant to be featured at the Adäka Cultural Festival last summer, but the event was cancelled. The residency provided her with another opportunity to complete the collection and showcase her work. McLeod had originally planned a project related to water systems in the Yukon for the residency. That idea didn’t pan out. Instead, McLeod’s attention returned to her collection. When a family member was ill, she started making a dress as part of her grieving process. “[It was] just me in a grieving mode, because she was really sick at the time and when I had finished the dress, she had passed away that day. So I called it the Auntie Dress after her, in remembrance of her, because she was my Auntie.” McLeod says that making the dress turned her grief into something beautiful and meaningful. The Auntie dress was featured at the Wondercrawl event, which took place along the Whitehorse waterfront in September. “I got it sent up by a plane

hundreds of people.” McLeod’s stunning work can now be seen at the Chu Niikwän residency exhibit, Meeting by the Currents. She describes the pieces in her collection as “contemporary with a traditional twist.” They include The Auntie Dress, which is accessorized with a beaded headband. The dress is made from bold black-and-white striped upholstery fabric and incorporates bands of colourful ribbon and wolverine fur harvested in Fort McPherson. A hanky dress entitled Etsu is accompanied by a moose hide mask with tufted moose-hair flowers. For the floral design, McLeod used drawings by her paternal grandmother, Florestine McLeod. Tufting, she explains, is a family tradition. “This type of sewing originated when her [Florestine’s] grandmother watched a nun make a flower out of yarn and she then went home to use moose hair to make flowers,” McLeod says in her artist statement. McLeod’s beautiful pieces feature strong contemporary influences and would look at home on a couture fashion runway. But ultimately, she says, “It always comes back to family.” “[It] makes me extremely proud to have a long line of strong, creative matriarchs in the family.”

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from Ross River that day. By the time I got it into the garment bag I was shaking from so much adrenaline, trying to get it on time on the plane to Whitehorse.”

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Part Two The Klondike gold rush brought the GSC back to the Yukon on a number of projects. There was now a railway from the coast to Whitehorse and scheduled boat service on the Yukon River system, making travel easier.

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ne project was to traverse and map the Mackenzie Mountains near the YukonNWT border. Joseph Keele spent an entire year in 1907-08 travelling from Ross River to the Mackenzie River. They took a steamer up to Ross River but beyond that they built small boats and had three pack dogs. The land was not suitable for horse travel due to the lack of feed. Dogs could pack 20 kilograms and could be transported by boat. During the winter months they built sleds for the dogs to pull supplies on a hundred kilometre hike over the continental divide to the headwaters of the Twitya River. Pack horses were the favoured means of transportation where the terrain was favourable and there was ample natural feed for the horses. The most renowned of the GSC geologists to use horses was Hugh S. Bostock. He

first joined the GSC in 1924 and was appointed chief geologist for the Yukon in 1931. Within two months of taking the position, Bostock was on the steamer Princess Louise to Skagway. He arrived in Whitehorse by the WPYR railway on June 21, and three days later he was on the paddle wheeler Casca to the north end of Lake Laberge. Here he joined a topographic survey party who were already in the area. Their base camp had 14 horses belonging to an Indigenous guide and his helper. They also used flat bottom, square stern wooden row boats. Known as Whitehorse boats, they were equipped with a six horsepower outboard motor. When they moved camp up the Teslin River they found that lightly loaded boats could travel about the same speed as the packhorses travelling along the riverbank carrying the bulk of the supplies.

Bostock spent the next twenty years traversing through the Yukon with packhorses. Upon his retirement from the GSC in 1966 he was convinced to write his personal memoirs. In 1979, “Pack Horse Tracks – recollections of a geologist’s life in British Columbia and the Yukon 1924-1954” was published. The book is full of fascinating stories about his many Yukon adventures and the locals he met. Bostock painted and wrote poetry as well; the Yukon Geological Survey’s core library on the Alaska Highway is named after him. He tells a great story of having lunch with Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1954. They were in a suite in the back of a Royal Air Force plane on the way to Whitehorse from Vancouver. Aviation came to the Yukon in 1920 and the first commercial

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very memorable morning they tried to trap my daughter’s toy dog and received an intense scolding delivered with the wrath that only an irate two-year can produce. They always start their monthlong escapades by attacking the

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Dino-Riffic ... cont’d saurs have claimed November as their own, we have made sure to photograph their daily escapades and to share this evidence of their cleverness with our wider community through social media (the paleontologists who believe that dinosaurs’ small brain sizes indicate a lack of intelligence have never woken to find elaborate systems of climbing ropes and pulleys rigged up to facilitate the stealing of chocolate from the highest kitchen cupboard). In doing so we’ve found that the dinosaurs are bringing joy to many others besides ourselves. I don’t think I get stopped in the street more at any point of the year than in November, when I find myself stopped every few steps to discuss whatever the dinosaurs got up to that day. The most important lesson I’ve been able to take away from allowing a set of prehistoric reptiles to roam my house for the month is the joy of creating and honouring our own traditions and celebrations. I would encourage everyone to take the mental space to create some of your own new traditions for

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ART SHOWS

Until Sat Dec 26 Stoke By the Yukon Art Society Members Exhibition Arts Underground An annual tradition, this exhibition features new works in a wide range of media by artists from across the territory, all based around a central, seasonal theme. Until Wed Dec 30 Song of the Whale/ Waters of the Humpback Yukon Arts Centre A full-sized humpback whale skeleton from discarded styrofoam, salvaged from the ocean and beaches. Until Wed Dec 30 Unless…by Janet Patterson Yukon Arts Centre Art made from the plastic found in the ocean, meant to be a wake up call to action. Until Sat Feb 27 Friends of the Yukon Archives Society Creating Community: A Look at Visual Arts in the Territory Arts Underground The collections at Yukon Archives, help tell that story by documenting and preserving the collections of the individuals and organizations that created this vital part of Yukon life. Whitehorse

LIVE MUSIC

Thursdays Joe Loutchen Fiddler On The Loose 7:00 PM Sundays CJUC 92.5 FM Shine Your LIght concert series 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Live performances weekly hosted by TOOTS. Thu Dec 17 John Prine Night 7:00 PM MacBride Museum Chuck Charlebois for John Prine Night with guests Kevin Barr and Rob Bergman. Call 667-2709 for tickets. Sun & Mon Dec 20 & 21 Problematic Orchestra: We Protest 7:00 PM & 9:00 PMYukon Arts Centre Building on the long-standing solstice tradition, The Problematic Orchestra highlights the holiday season with what is sure to be a remarkable repertoire. Tickets online. Mon Dec 21 Virtual Jam Series: Sing Along Play Along 7:00 PM Virtual Online An opportunity for jammers and musicians of all levels to play along with seasoned jam leaders; all from the comfort of their own homes. Registration online, email wittheatreyt@gmail.com for more info.

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Mondays GO The Surrounding Game 6:00 PM Starbucks Chilkoot Centre Simple Game Deep Strategy. Beginners & Visitors Welcome. For more information email: tjbowlby@gmail.com

Tuesdays Common Threads 9:00 AM Christ Church Cathedral Chat, Coffee, Knit, Crochet, for more information call the Prayer Shawl Ministry at 393-8005 Thu to Sat Dec 20 Whitehorse Yukon Community Thrift Store - Silent Auctions 12:00 PM Whitehorse Community Thrift Store Silent Auctions for valuable, unusual and unique items. Bids taken Friday and Saturday at the store. Bidding Closes 2:00 PM Saturdays, each week. Daily until Dec 20 12 Days of Christmas Market 9:00 AM Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Find unique art and crafts, farm products, specialty foods, preserves, spices, baked goods, body products, photography, books, and much more. Daily until Dec 20 Spruce Bog Christmas Boutique 10:00 AM The Old Fire Hall Hand crafted items by local artisans, open 7 days a week. Daily until Dec 20 YÃKE Arts Market Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre Showcasing and selling Yukon Indigenous art, craft and gift products in a beautiful gallery setting throughout the Christmas shopping season. Tue Dec 15 Lights of Life Elijah Smith Building A special way to remember loved ones who have died. Hanging remembrance tags on Lights of Life trees is a way of honouring the lives of loved ones during the holidays. Thu Dec 17 Christmas Movie Night 7:00 PM FASSY Call 332-4478 for more info. Fri Dec 18 Games Night 6:00 PM Inclusion Yukon A fun evening of games and good company. For more info call 667-4606 Sat Dec 19 Yukon-Inspired Nutcracker - Gala Option 1:00 PM MacBride Museum Celebrate our 30th anniversary, Yukon-inspired Nutcracker performance. Email Christina@nlsdyukon.com to purchase tickets or for more info. Sun Dec 20 Yukon Wonderers 12:00 PM FASSY Call 332-4478 for more info.

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Daily Yukon Literacy Coalition Book Drive 8:00 AM Horwood’s Mall We are having a book drive to assist with our programs, drop books off at the Pioneer Hotel, or Horwoods Mall. Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays LAB Drop-In 12:00 AM Heart Of Riverdale For grades 8+, make beats, write, eat food.

Mondays & Fridays Preschool Dropin Gymnastics 10:00 AM Polarettes Gymnastic Club Silly songs and preschool free play, call 668-4794 for more information Tuesdays Free Super Smash Bros. 5:00 PM Titan Gaming Cafe All skill levels welcome! Please bring your own controller, and if you have a Nintendo Switch and/or Gamecube controller adapter please bring them so that we can have multiple setups. Wednesdays Warhammer Wednesdays - Age of Sigmar 5:00 PM Titan Gaming Cafe Every Wednesday Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Family Literacy Centre Drop-In 9:30 AM Family Literacy Centre As a part of keeping safe through the pandemic, the FLC capacity number is lower than usual. To help give everyone a chance to visit, we thank you in advance for limiting your stay to 1 hr. Closed over lunch 12 - 1 pm. Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays Land-based Afterschool Programming Ages 10-14 3:15 PM McIntyre Field Call 334-8718 or email courtney.terriah@kdfn.net to register or more info. Thursdays Kill Team Thursdays 5:00 PM Titan Gaming Cafe 668-5750 Units can be drawn from both the core book, elites book, Kill team annual and white dwarf. Saturdays Family Drop In 2:45 PM Polarettes Gymnastic Club Best suited for athletes 12 and under, but all ages are welcome. Must be accompanied by an adult. call 668-4794 for more info. Saturdays Pokemon Saturdays 12:00 PM Titan Gaming Cafe Call 668-5750 for more info. Fridays Girls Club 7:30 PM Bethany Church Call 668-4877 for more information. Fridays Standard Format - Magic: The Gathering 6:00 PM Titan Gaming Cafe Legal sets = Ixalan, Rivals of Ixalan, Dominaria, Core Set 2019, Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance.Banned Cards = Rampaging Ferocidon Thu Dec 17 Christmas Celebration Christ the King Elementary School 12:00 PM Virtual Online “A Gift to the World’’ is a variety show performed by CKES students. Facebook live. Sun Dec 20 Winter Afternoon - Aprèsmidi hivernal 12:00 PM Shipyards Park Play outside for an afternoon. Slide, skate and hot chocolate. Registration required.

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Cheers to a new year Penicillin I really wanted to incorporate a Scotch cocktail into the mix for this column, in keeping with the “Auld Lang Syne” theme. This libation was created in 2005 by Sam Ross of Milk & Honey in Manhat-

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his month’s cocktails are an eclectic bunch, but they’re all aimed at celebrating the season, in particular, the impending completion of 2020. Robbie Burns’ “Auld Lang Syne” has come to mind a lot lately for me, with its theme of days gone by and doing things for the sake of old times. This verse seems quite fitting for this late December, doesn’t it? So, raise your glasses, in your living rooms, toast one another, and remember that we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet…

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup! and surely I’ll buy mine!

tan. The name implies a “cureall,” which again seems fitting during a pandemic, even if there is simply a placebo effect. Some recipes call for honey-ginger syrup, but I prefer to make a honey syrup which is also a versatile ingredient for other cocktails, most

notably, the Prohibition-era Bee’s Knees. Ingredients • 2 oz single-malt or blended Scotch whisky (lightly peated is best) • 1/3 oz heavily peated Scotch whisky (Ardbeg 10-year is great here) • 1 oz lemon juice • 1 oz honey syrup * • 1 tsp sliced fresh ginger Instructions Place the ginger in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, bruise the ginger to release the flavours. Add the liquid ingredients, add ice, and shake hard until wellchilled. Double strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube (or filled with cubed ice). Now take your medicine, like a good kid.

*Honey Syrup Ingredients • 1/2 cup local honey (I like Yukon Raw Honey) • 1/2 cup water

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Instructions Combine honey and water in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.

Stir until blended. Pour into a clean jar, let cool, and label before storing in fridge. Syrup will keep for up to 2 weeks. You can also use this syrup to make a classic cocktail, the Bee’s Knees!

Santa’s Little Helper Cue the Rolling Stones and let’s get ready for the holidays! But really, this might just be the perfect beverage to Santa’s Little Helper leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Its PHOTOS: Jennifer Tyldesley creamy texture, rich • 1 oz sweet vermouth (Martini bourbon flavours and bitter notes Rosso works here, and you can are the perfect pairing for cookincrease it to 1 1/2 oz if you ies or chocolate (salted caramels like it sweeter) are amazing with this drink). Free • 2 oz cream (you can use half Pour Jenny’s has created this riff & half, or heavy cream for a on a Boulevardier for this season richer taste) because this year, even Santa • 4 drops FPJ Cranberry Bitters might need a little extra help. • A couple of salted caramels for a “garnish” Ingredients • 1 1/2 oz bourbon\ • 1 oz Campari cont’d on page 16 ...

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Simple shredded duck

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shredded duck.

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Makes between 4-5 cups shredded duck meat

Liberally salt the duck, inside and out. Place duck in a slow cooker along with garlic, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and beer.

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Cover, and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the duck. When it’s done the duck should pull away from the bones with a fork.

INGREDIENTS ❑ 1 duck, thawed if frozen

❑ 1 tbsp black peppercorns

❑ Salt, to taste

❑ 6 bay leaves

❑ 6 garlic cloves

❑ 1 can of beer

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Remove from the slow cooker, reserve the cooking liquid for later use. Both the duck fat and the cooking liquid can be easily incorporated into recipes using this duck. Shred the duck and skin, removing all bones. At this point you can use the shredded duck for a variety of recipes, including a simple duck, Boursin, and arugula sandwich. cont’d on page 13 ...

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Cheers to a new year ... continued from page 9 Santa’s Little Helper con’t... Instructions Chill the spirits. Place liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake hard. Strain into a chilled rocks glass with no ice, and serve with a paper straw and salted caramels on the side. Ho ho ho!

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ecember brings three things; colder weather, drier skin and the inevitable onslaught of terrible Christmas movies. It’s my hypothesis that, after a certain point in November, the collective standard in cinema begins to drop. Suddenly, somewhere during the evening of Dec. 14, it seems appropriate to spend two-and-a-half hours watching a New York executive travel to her hometown for the holidays and accidentally spill a cup of hot chocolate on the high school boyfriend who ends up showing her the true meaning of Christmas. Some movies seem to be the result of an executive marketing team sitting down, coming up with a mediocre pun and deciding to write a fulllength feature film to go with it (I’m looking at you The Knight Before Christmas, where Vanessa Hudgens plays the romantic interest of a time-travelling knight named Sir Cole). Between the cringe-worthy dialogue and a race to squash as many ice skating, cookie-baking, snow-angelmaking stereotypical winter activities as possible into 120 minutes, there seems to be a firm collective opinion that these movies are cheesy. Yet, every year, without fail, Hallmark wraps the classic tropes of meet-cute rom-coms, tales of self-discovery and coming of age narratives in Christmas paper. Companies do not exist to create Christmas magic; they work to make a profit. If they are continuing to produce these movies, it means that there are enough people watching them to justify the cheesy Christmas movie market. My question is, why?

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sion. I would argue the predictability of the plot, the very thing that makes it a boring movie, is what draws the audience in. Life is messy, chaotic and unpredictable. Winter brings traditions as a source of comfort in the cold, dark months. Be it annual religious celebrations, listening to holiday tunes on the radio, or walking through Shipyards Park to take in the coloured lights, there is comfort in repetition. And sitting down to watch a terrible Christmas movie, we know exactly what we’re going to get. Somehow Hallmark has placed its films as part of the comfort of winter traditions. Do the movies create unrealistic expectations of what a decorated house should look like? Completely. Is it part of the blatant and invasive commercialization of the holidays? Absolutely. Does it still bring me joy? Yes. And I would PHOTO: Tess Casher argue that in the hardship, turmoil and unpredictability of this year in particular, every bit of comfort is a good thing. So, if it suits your fancy, let’s dust off the Michael Bublé CD, grab fuzzy socks, pop far too much popcorn and plop down on the couch to laugh at the writing, poke fun at the plot and utterly enjoy this year’s selection of terrible Christmas movies.

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ATLIN Mon Walking at the Rec Centre 11:00 AM Atlin Rec Centre Wednesdays Ladies’ Lunch 12:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Wednesdays Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Atlin Rec Centre Fridays and Saturdays Atlin Community Library 2:00 PM Sundays St. Martins Anglican Church Service 11:00 AM St. Martin’s Anglican Church Sundays Atlin Christian Centre 10:30 AM Atlin Christian Centre Fridays Thrift Shop 2:00 PM St. Martin’s Anglican Church Mon Dec 21 Walking at the Rec Centre 11:00 AM Atlin Rec Centre

CARCROSS Sundays St. Saviours Church Services 2:00 pm St. Saviour Church 867-6683129 DAWSON CITY Tuesdays Music & Me: Baby & Toddler Parented Program 10:00 AM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture A parented singing and dance program for babies and toddlers. Registration must be done in advance, weekly, by emailing Jen.Suttis@cdcyukon.ca Sundays St. Paul’s Church Service 10:30 AM St Paul’s Church 867-9935381 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Family Sticks & Skates Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre Tues & Thurs 4-5:30 pm and Sat 3:30-5 pm. For more info email recmanager@cityofdawson.ca or phone 993-7400 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays Sticks & Skates Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre Wed & Fri 11:30-1 pm, Tues 6-7 pm, Sat 5:30 -7 pm. For more info email recmanager@ cityofdawson.ca or phone 993-7400. Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays Public Skate Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre Tues & Thurs 11:30-1 pm, Wed,4-5 pm, Fri 4-5:30 pm Sat 2-3 pm. For more info email recmanager@cityofdawson.ca or phone 993-7400. Thu Dec 17 Baby and Me - Pilates 2:00 PM True North Company Pilates inspired class with Jen Suttis. Call 993-5149 or email cpnpdawson@northwest.net for more info. Fri Dec 18 Play Like a Girl 3:00 PM Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre For girls grade 1 +, develop skills and have fun! To register email recreation@cityofdawson. ca Fri Dec 18 Little Spark 7:00 PM Dawson City Bring your lantern or light source to the dike and watch the light illuminate our darkest winter days! Dress warm! Sat Dec 19 Under 5 Open Gym 10:30 AM True North Company For more information contact the recreation department recreation@cityofdawson.ca, 993-7400 ext.299

Sat Dec 19 Open Studio/Saturday Painting 1:00 PM KIAC Klondike Institute of Art & Culture All ages welcome- but youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Email programs@kiac.ca for more info. Sat Dec 19 Adult Learn to Skate 4:00 PM Dawson City Arena Helmets & skates provided, ages 18+, email recreation@cityofdawson.ca or call 993-7400 Ext 299 for more information. Sat Dec 19 Dawson City Boat Parade 6:00 PM Dawson City Email boatparadedawson@gmail.com for information on how to sign up! Sun Dec 20 Under 5 Open Gym 10:30 AM True North Company For more information contact the recreation department recreation@cityofdawson.ca, 993-7400 ext.299 Sun Dec 20 Youth Hockey - Skills & Drills 3:00 PM Art & Margaret Fry Recreation Centre To register email recreation@cityofdawson.ca

FARO Wednesdays & Fridays Seniors Cards & Walk 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2728 Wednesdays Archery - Ages 6+ 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre No experience or equipment needed. 9942728 Wednesdays Bootcamp 4:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2728 Wednesdays, Fridays & Sunday Public Skate Father Rigaud Arena Wed 4-6 pm, Fri 7-9 pm, Sun 2-4 pm Thursdays Soccer Thursdays 1:00 pm Faro Recreation Centre Ages 6+, rain or shine. Thursdays & Tuesdays Faro Carpet Bowling 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre All welcome. Thursdays & Tuesdays Faro Kids Club 3:30 PM Faro Recreation Centre Registration is required, call 994-2728 for more info. Thursdays Volleyball Night - Ages 15+ 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 9942728 Faro Thursdays Archery 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre No experience or equipment needed. 994-2728 Faro Thursdays & Mondays Adult Hockey 7:30 PM Father Rigaud Arena Monday & Thursdays Fridays Indoor Kids Soccer 4:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2728 Fridays Adult Soccer 7:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre 994-2728 Saturdays Pickleball 1:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 or email recreation@faroyukon.ca Saturdays Basketball 3:00 PM Faro Recreation Centre Call 994-2375 or email recreation@faroyukon.ca Tuesdays Parent & Tot 10:00 AM Faro Community Library For babies to age 4. Stories & crafts will be provided Tuesdays Adult Curling 7:00 PM Father Rigaud Arena

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Monday, Thursday, Friday Saturday & Sunday Public Skate Bill Brewster Arena Mon 7:30-8:30 pm, Tues, Thurs & Friday 3:15-5:30 pm, Sat 12:00-3 pm, Sun 5-7 pm. Call 634-7100, ext. 202, to confirm that the arena is open. Saturdays Beginner Public Skate 10:30 AM Bill Brewster Arena No sticks, no pucks, bring your little ones or just come practice your skills Thurs Dec 17 Thrift Shop Day! 2:00 PM St Christopher’s Church Please shop safely - maximum of 10 people at one time, and social distancing is required. Wed Dec 23 Village of Haines Junction Council Meeting 7:00 PM St Elias Convention Centre Thu

Mondays Nordic Walking 1:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Everyone welcome, for more info contact Ursula for meeting place 399-3671. Tuesdays Yoga 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 or email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more info. Tuesdays Get and Stay Fit Class 6:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Everyone welcome, for more info call 399-3671. Wednesdays Tagish Youth Night 6:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Fun, games, snacks, for ages 10+, call 3993407 for more info. Thursdays Tagish Carpet Bowling 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Everyone is invited to come and learn the technical game of Carpet Bowling, Wednesdays Coffee and Chat: Tagish Community Centre 2:00 PM Tagish Community Centre A great opportunity to get out of the house and catch up with other community members. A lunch program which will include such things as soup/stew/chili and homemade rolls/ bread plus some tasty treats! Covid-19 precautions apply. Saturdays Tagish Library 12:00 PM Tagish Community Library Call 399-3418 or email tglib@klondiker.com for more info. Saturdays Youth Night 5:30 PM Tagish Community Centre Fun, games, snacks, for ages 10+, call 399-3407 for more info Wed Dec 16 Seniors Outreach Computer Tutor 1:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 or email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more info. Thu Dec 17 OsteoFit 10:00 AM Tagish Community Centre Exercise and education, gentle strength training, for more info call 399-3671. Sat Dec 19 Family Christmas Party 4:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Call 3993407 or email recreation@tagishyukon. org for more info. Sun Dec 20 Tagish: Pancake Breakfast 9:30 AM Tagish Community Centre Third Sunday of every month, we are looking for volunteers to assist in the kitchen with set-up/prep, cooking, serving and cleanup. Call or email for more info. 399-3407 recreation@tagishyukon.org Sun Dec 20 Poker Run Planning Meeting 10:30 AM Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 or email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more info. Wed Dec 23 Seniors Outreach Computer Tutor 1:00 PM Tagish Community Centre Call 399-3407 or email recreation@tagishyukon.org for more info.

MARSH LAKE Tuesdays North of 60 Seniors Coffee & Chat 2:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Tuesdays Yoga with Richard 5:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Thursdays Shuffleboard and Games Night-Jackalope(licensed) & Gym 6:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Fridays Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Hall and Recreation Centre Saturdays Knitting Circle 11:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Saturdays Happy Hour in the Jackalope 3:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Wed Dec 16 Rehab Fitness Workshop with Danny 3:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat Dec 19 Rehab Fitness Workshop with Danny 1:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat Dec 19 Jackrabbits Kids ski-school 1:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sat Dec 19 Happy Hour in the Jackalope 3:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre Sun Dec 20 Pickleball, Please drop in! 11:00 AM Marsh Lake Community Centre Wed Dec 23 Rehab Fitness Workshop with Danny 3:00 PM Marsh Lake Community Centre

MAYO Mondays Video Yoga Classes 5:15 PM Mayo Curling Arena Yoga Videos are used for leading each class. Bring your own Yoga mat or borrow ours. Drop-ins are welcome. For more info call 996-2043 8979962043 Mondays Dinner and Movie Night 5:00 PM Mayo Community Hall And Recreation Centre Sundays St. Mary’s Church Service 11:00 AM St Mary’s Church (867)6677746

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Tuesdays Kids in the Kitchen 3:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Tuesdays Yoga in the Mezzanine 5:30 PM Teslin Rec Center Mats provided just bring your zen. Tuesdays Badminton 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Tuesdays Teslin Dance Group Practice 7:00 PM Teslin Healing Centre, For more info contact Melaina at 867.390.2532 ext. 333 or Melaina.sheldon@ttc-teslin. com Tuesdays Adult Hockey 8:15 PM Teslin Rec Center Wednesdays Teslin PickleBall 12:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Wednesdays Seniors Social 1:00 PM Teslin Rec Center Wednesdays & Mondays Adult Fitness 5:30 PM Teslin Rec Center Wednesdays Community Art Program 6:30 PM Teslin Rec Center 390-2530 Wednesdays Public Skating 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Centre Thursdays Kids Club 3:30 PM Tesline Rec Centre Thursdays Boys Club 5:30 PM Tesline Rec Centre Thursdays Women’s Hockey 5:30 PM Tesline Rec Centre Thursdays Adult Hockey 7:30 PM Tesline Rec Centre Fridays Public Skating 3:30 PM Teslin Rec Centre Fridays Teslin Youth Club 7:00 PM Teslin Rec Center For grades 10-12, come hang out, games, activities and snacks! Saturdays Movie Night 7:00 pm Teslin Rec Center

WATSON LAKE Daily Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Rentals call 536-4820 for more info Tuesdays Parent-Child Mother Goose - Ages 0-1 9:30 AM Watson Lake Family Centre You and your little one will learn new songs and rhymes, revisit old favourites. Ages newborn - 1 year are welcome and a light snack is provided! Wednesdays Drop in Beading 1:00 PM Watson Lake Family Centre Thursdays Drop-in Curling 6:30 PM Watson Lake Recreation Centre Sundays St. John’s Church Service 10:00 AM St. John’s Church Service (867) 536-2932 Thu Dec 17 Parent-Child Mother Goose on Zoom 11:00 AM Watson Lake Family Centre You and your little one will learn new songs and rhymes, re-visit old favourites. A light snack is provided! Email familyprogs@ partnersforchildren.info for the zoom link. Sat Dec 20 Well Being Saturdays 1:00 PM Watson Lake Secondary School Simple Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga & Meditation. All welcome. Call 250-4158270 for more info.

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Green Pause with CPAWS with Adil Darvesh

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his holiday season will look a lot different for many Yukoners, myself included. Usually at this time of year I travel to Ontario to visit family and friends, but the COVID-19 pandemic means I’ll have to make a few changes to my annual tradition. Chances are that I’ll stay local this year. While I’ll get some reprieve from slush, noise and the inevitable pileup along the 401, I will also miss many of the positives of going back. Seeing loved ones is always top of the priority list, but getting some end-ofyear shopping done and feasting on different cuisines also plays a large part in my holiday plans. This past year has definitely put an emphasis on the whole idea of “isolation.” From closing the borders for travelers into the territory, to needing to self-isolate if you return to the territory, to being unable to fly as airlines shut down flights. We had a small glimpse of what life looks like with limited connectivity. Like our need for connectivity, much of the Yukon’s wildlife also needs to be able to travel from one place to another. When wildlife populations become isolated, it

makes it much more difficult for them to thrive. But we often impose our ability to adapt onto other species. We have systems in place that are helpful for us, but we don’t often consider how those systems impact other populations. Roads, for example, increase our access into certain areas. Being able to drive up to a trailhead to get to some of the Yukon’s great views is something we have all benefited from. But that road may cut through habitat for many iconic species, and even some of those that fly under the radar. If not properly planned, roads could cut through migration routes too, limiting those species from staying connected. Habitat connectivity is an important concept in the world of conservation. The ability for caribou, bears and wolverines to travel from one place to another is crucial. This is because they need to access different food sources, find safety from predators, or find a mate that’s from a different population. Keeping these areas safe is incredibly important for protecting the wildlife that use them. In addition to these areas,

wildlife need safe ways to travel back and forth. These are called wildlife corridors. Humans also have corridors that we use to travel from place to place. But we don’t have to worry about fast vehicles potentially cutting us off with barely any warning. Imagine you are driving up the Klondike Highway towards Dawson City from Whitehorse. And imagine there’s a 20 kilometre stretch where a train crosses the highway. The train has no set schedule, so you don’t know when it’s coming. Unless you’re lucky enough to time it right, you might get t-boned by a train travelling at a high rate of speed. Seems a little farfetched, since train tracks have railway crossing signs with flashing lights. But wildlife don’t get the same warning when cars roll by, and predators usually don’t honk their horns to let the other animals know they’re coming. For us, roads and highways create a relatively safe corridor for us to travel through. So how do animals deal with roads or trails? Many have been showing signs of behavioural changes due to roads and to human presence as a whole. Bears, for example, have begun foraging during times that people aren’t out and about. We also see animals just avoiding roads altogether. This becomes a larger issue as the density of roads and other human activities increase in particular areas. If a road or trail cuts through the middle of an animal’s habitat, those animals could begin avoiding that area, and it would effectively cut down how far the animals travel. But the Yukon is so big! There’s tons of space for animals to roam around without human disturbance, right? Yes! We’re extremely lucky to have so much space where animals can move around easily! Very few places in Canada can say that and it’s something that

we should be very happy about. To keep it that way though, we’ll need to be aware of our impact on the environment around us. So how can you help the Yukon’s wild spaces stay connected? It’s quite simple really. The next time you’re out on a hike, or take your sled, or ATV, for a joyride, stick to the trails and roads. Veering off and plowing your own

trail further breaks apart intact areas. It may not seem like much, but every little bit helps! We’re lucky to have intact habitats here in the Yukon. If we’re smart about where we build and where we play, it can hopefully stay that way. Adil Darvesh is the communications coordinator for CPAWS.

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Zoom, Santa, Zoom tume; how mukluks replaced the black boots I wore when visiting a large city, or the black belt and big brass buckle were traded for a ceinture fléchée, the colourful sash of French-Canadiens and the Métis. Wolf mitts, of course, are necessary to keep my hands warm while holding the reins of the sleigh. Then, offhandedly, I mentioned that Mrs. Claus thought that I needed a new suit. This prompted me to ask the assembled kids if they thought I needed a new red outfit. All immediately shouted out “No!” A hand shot up as a little fellow, wise well beyond his years, had another thought. He chimed in, “Santa, I think Mrs. Claus was telling you something else. What Mrs. Claus was really saying was that she needed a new dress!” Children have different needs as they develop. Infants just need a cuddle and a few soothing words. Pointing out the sights, sounds and smells of the season highlights the wonder of Christmas for toddlers. By three years of age, they are opening up to the magic of Yuletide. Flying reindeer and a jolly red-suited fellow giving toys to all good boys and girls around the world (we know that they are all good!) is completely believable. It is easy to talk to these children and tap into their fascination and openness to surprises abounding around them. Around the age of eight, the wonder yields to questions. How

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t’s tough to sit on Santa’s knee from a distance of two metres, but many of our seasonal traditions have required a pandemicappropriate makeover this year. Santa won’t be holding any stocking-swaddled newborns for baby’s first Christmas portrait, or cajoling shy children to come a little closer to share a Christmas wish. This year, Santa is Zooming. A real northern Santa has serious cachet in southern climes. Since geography is no longer a barrier for a shared holiday greeting, or a wish for joy and peace to fill our lives, Santa can come into your home. Already without much ado, families from Ottawa to Nanaimo and Vancouver to Kansas City have requested Zoom visits from a Yukon Santa. Sadly, more intimate interactions, including a twirl around the dance floor at the Elk’s Hall Christmas Senior’s Supper, or meeting families on Main Street during the Santa Parade will be missing. Will I miss out this year on finding at least one story to add to my personal collection of encounters with kids? Two years ago, at the Air North family celebration at the Canada Games Centre, children gathered around a tree for a story and a few minutes of conversation. I stood up, as I often did, and described my northern cos-

If you can’t be in the same room, Zoom is anything in the stories about Santa really possible? Natural skepticism surfaces. Still, some hold on desperately to their fondest Christmas dreams. My task is to ease their transition from the magic of Santa to the science of Santa. Small challenges help this. One question I pose is “How long would it take for Santa to visit all 10,000 homes in the Yukon if each visit took just one minute?” I help with the math. Can he possibly do that, even given our long northern night? It doesn’t take long for a fifth-grader to come up with some interesting solutions. Teenagers only visit Santa in groups, or on a dare. Most are starting to make the transition to the next stage, discovering the real meaning of Christmas. Caring, sharing, hopes and dreams of a better, more peace-filled world take form in them. Young parents are brimming with these feelings when they hand a small baby over to Santa for a first photo. As we grow older the magic eventually returns. Then, as the years go on, we simply come to cherish the wonder of Christmas again. Zooming can’t replace Santa actually holding an infant, but maybe he can help keep the wonder and magic of this season alive for our children in these COVID days, and for us too. Michael Dougherty is a Whitehorse-based writer.

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