Lawrie Crawford, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Maria Benoit has been elected chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. (Submitted)
Maria Benoit has been elected chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. (Submitted)
Mike and Molly Brazier, brother and sister team, completed the Yukon River Quest against most odds. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Novice K-2 paddlers had four hours paddling together before Yukon River Quest start

“We’re humbled by having seen the rapids and the quality of the racers around us”

Mike and Molly Brazier, brother and sister team, completed the Yukon River Quest against most odds. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Team Something Else entirely wins the Yukon River Quest with a total time of 39:08:12, arriving in Dawson City at 1:08 p.m. on June 24. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

On the River Quest: Tough conditions and gruelling finishes

The first teams finished in Dawson City on the afternoon of June 24

Team Something Else entirely wins the Yukon River Quest with a total time of 39:08:12, arriving in Dawson City at 1:08 p.m. on June 24. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Chief Dylan Loblaw of the Ross River Dena Council says Canada and Yukon governments show blatant disregard by concluding assessment process on contentious mine on unceded territory. (Submitted)

Kudz Ze Kayah approval is a ‘blatant disregard’ of First Nations rights: Ross River Dena Chief

Ross River Dena Council’s “comprehensive 48-page submission” is called “a letter” in decision document for major mine

Chief Dylan Loblaw of the Ross River Dena Council says Canada and Yukon governments show blatant disregard by concluding assessment process on contentious mine on unceded territory. (Submitted)
Robert Service Way opened today with new sheet pile wall constructed to stave off future road closures. The road has been closed for six weeks leaving only one access road into downtown Whitehorse. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Canadian institute report details Northern vulnerability to climate change

Decades of neglect coupled with climate change rates double that of southern Canada

Robert Service Way opened today with new sheet pile wall constructed to stave off future road closures. The road has been closed for six weeks leaving only one access road into downtown Whitehorse. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Rendering of the White River First Nation’s new community centre which is under construction this summer. (Screenshot/Facebook)

Yukon and Canada fund small community centre in Beaver Creek for White River First Nation

Community recreational infrastructure needs attention in unicorporated communities

Rendering of the White River First Nation’s new community centre which is under construction this summer. (Screenshot/Facebook)
Trees and debris floating down the Yukon River near Big Salmon checkpoint at midnight June 23 after the Yukon River Quest 2021 was cancelled. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Teslin’s high waters moving on to Carmacks with both communities likely to see record highs

High and fast moving water leads to Yukon River Quest cautioning racers

Trees and debris floating down the Yukon River near Big Salmon checkpoint at midnight June 23 after the Yukon River Quest 2021 was cancelled. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Emergency services respond to incident at Whitehorse Shelter May 20. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

‘We can’t get sober here:’ Whitehorse shelter unlikely place to find sobriety, advocates say

There is no housing in Whitehorse for people wanting an alcohol and drug-free environment

Emergency services respond to incident at Whitehorse Shelter May 20. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
<em>Ghoóch Tlâ</em> Colleen James (centre) receives her honorary bachelor of science from Yukon University at the graduation ceremony on June 4. Yukon University president and vice chancellor Dr. Lesley Brown (left) and <em>Jemena</em> James Allen, Yukon University chancellor (right) are also pictured. (Yukon University/Submitted)

Mary Jane Moses and Colleen James recognized for preservation and revitalization of cultural knowledge

University’s most prestigious academic awards go to two rural Indigenous women

<em>Ghoóch Tlâ</em> Colleen James (centre) receives her honorary bachelor of science from Yukon University at the graduation ceremony on June 4. Yukon University president and vice chancellor Dr. Lesley Brown (left) and <em>Jemena</em> James Allen, Yukon University chancellor (right) are also pictured. (Yukon University/Submitted)
Poster outside the Yukon legislature on May 25. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Advocates seek camping sites for unhoused evicted by Whitehorse hotels

Indigenous women face highest risks from unsafe housing

Poster outside the Yukon legislature on May 25. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Aan Yatx’i Saanni dancers perform at the launch of Carcross/Tagish First Nations’ safety and wellness initiative. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Community safety and wellness initiative launches in Carcross

Each community is different in what they need and what works best

Aan Yatx’i Saanni dancers perform at the launch of Carcross/Tagish First Nations’ safety and wellness initiative. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
The Darius Elias Community Centre in Old Crow opened May 22, as part of Caribou Days celebration 2022. (Western ArchRib/Screen shot)

New community centre in Old Crow named after Darius Elias

Gathering brings community back together in person

The Darius Elias Community Centre in Old Crow opened May 22, as part of Caribou Days celebration 2022. (Western ArchRib/Screen shot)
Lori Fox’s book, This Has Always Been a War: The Radicalization of a Working Class Queer, was released May 3. (Mark Kelly)

Lori Fox’s book, This Has Always Been a War stirs class, race and gender struggles

Fox’s personal narrative pulls no punches, takes on the big systems of oppression in 2022

Lori Fox’s book, This Has Always Been a War: The Radicalization of a Working Class Queer, was released May 3. (Mark Kelly)
Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s minister of Community Services, addresses the Association of Yukon Communities at their annual general meeting on May 13. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

COVID-19 legacy remains on Yukon municipal balance sheets

Businesses survive the short term; education and community social problems linger

Richard Mostyn, Yukon’s minister of Community Services, addresses the Association of Yukon Communities at their annual general meeting on May 13. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Left to right are Mayor Laura Cabott of Whitehorse; Grand Chief Peter Johnson of the Council of Yukon First Nations; Joanne Vanderheyden, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; and Gord Curran, the outgoing president of AYC. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

AYC wants municipal terms extended to four years, elects new president

Community differences and reconciliation, top of mind for new AYC president

Left to right are Mayor Laura Cabott of Whitehorse; Grand Chief Peter Johnson of the Council of Yukon First Nations; Joanne Vanderheyden, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; and Gord Curran, the outgoing president of AYC. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Employees of Outpost 31 Media: (from left) Sam Fleming, Kelly Lu, Annie Johnsgaard, and Ajoonagosh at Haa Shagoon in Carcross (missing is Elizabeth Plouffe). (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Motion capture suit signals future of storytelling in Carcross

“I can live in my home community and touch four corners of the globe.”

Employees of Outpost 31 Media: (from left) Sam Fleming, Kelly Lu, Annie Johnsgaard, and Ajoonagosh at Haa Shagoon in Carcross (missing is Elizabeth Plouffe). (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s learning centre in Carcross. The First Nation is hosting a byelection this June. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)

Three candidates running for Carcross/Tagish Haa Shaa du Hen

Carcross/Tagish First Nation citizens will elect a new leader on June 27.…

Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s learning centre in Carcross. The First Nation is hosting a byelection this June. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
2021 CCBF project to install rip-rap to protect the water intake pipe from Bennett Lake to the Carcross water treatment plant from erosion during high water and flooding. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Majority of ‘gas tax’ fund in communities spent on water, waste management

Regionalization of waste managment, safe drinking water and sewage lagoons dominate project list

2021 CCBF project to install rip-rap to protect the water intake pipe from Bennett Lake to the Carcross water treatment plant from erosion during high water and flooding. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Mary Caesar’s exhibition, <em>A Retrospective of My </em><em>Journey</em>, runs until May 28 in the Focus Gallery at Arts Underground. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Kaska artist exhibits stories of hurt, recovery and survival at Arts Underground

Retrospective exhibition layers stories of hurt, recovery and survival

Mary Caesar’s exhibition, <em>A Retrospective of My </em><em>Journey</em>, runs until May 28 in the Focus Gallery at Arts Underground. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
The Yukon University Campus building in Old Crow photographed Jan. 30. (submitted)

Prestigious research grant will examine the effects of COVID-19 on Old Crow

Developing relationships and ensuring cultural safety are paramount

The Yukon University Campus building in Old Crow photographed Jan. 30. (submitted)