LEARNING THE YUKON
Unlike elsewhere in Canada, in the Yukon many students start their summer break as early as May 30. While formal education may be done for the school year, informal learning begins as Yukoners, young and old alike, disperse throughout the territory —to fishing and mining camps or on hiking or canoeing trips—to discover more about the Yukon.
As you make your way through the summer issue of Yukon, North of Ordinary, you’ll learn of rare Yukon plants (“Four on the floor”, p. 29), get a better understanding of what the Yukon First Nations Graduation Ceremony means to the territory (“Reaching the top”, p. 44), read a first-person account of a unique educational exchange between Alaska and the Yukon (“Meeting of the river peoples”, p. 38) and be introduced to a Yukoner who became a household name during the early days of movie-making (“We know ‘The Shadow’”, p. 50).
In “Venture North”, starting on p. 25, we check in with three businesses in “the communities” (i.e., outside of Whitehorse) that are either just starting out with seasonal ventures or operating a seasonal business as part of a lifestyle choice.
For great hiking-trip ideas, check out “Hoofing it” on p. 19. And if running is more your speed, you’ll want to read “Runners’ choice” (p. 53) to find out which “outside” races Yukon athletes recommend.
Our columnists delve into the exotic and domestic. Miche Genest shares an Italian specialty made with Yukon products (p. 58) and Brenda Barnes spends time with a young and accomplished musician (p. 61).
Finally, Jeane Lassen is known to Yukoners as a champion weightlifter. Having just returned with gold from the 2008 Pan-American Championships in Peru and preparing to go to the Summer Olympics in Beijing, Lassen shows us the nine essential items that she packs in her carry-on luggage (p. 70).
Summer may not be the traditional season for an education issue, but I think these pages provide a complete Yukon curriculum—arts, sports, science, history, social studies—without having to crack a textbook.