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In early 1902, Chief Jim Boss of the Southern Tutchone people living around Lake Laberge approached Whitehorse lawyer T.W. Jackson to write a letter to the government.
It was an interview that I conducted 29 years ago. I was reminded of it when my wife Kathy and I met recently met former Dawson residents for coffee and conversation.
He greeted visitors who arrived in Dawson on the riverboats in the early days. He met royalty and represented his people on many special occasions throughout the territory.
Earlier this month, former students of F.H. Collins High School flocked to Whitehorse for a reunion before the old school is demolished after more than 50 years of service.
More than 100 people, including six former commissioners, attended the ceremony this past Monday, dedicating the Taylor House to its new role as office of the commissioner of the Yukon.
My wife Kathy planned an action-packed itinerary filled with uniquely northern events for the much-anticipated visit by her cousin Nigel, his wife Maya and their six year-old daughter Nina from England.
A hundred years after the Yukon's commissioner, George Black and his wife Martha entertained in the Yukon's most elegant mansion, their presence was again felt at the Commissioner's Tea.
The mob found him a few minutes before 4 p.m. hiding in the Fourth Avenue cabin of Montreal Marie, at the north end of Dawson City.
Four Yukoners were inducted to the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening at the Yukon Transportation Museum. Ronald Frederick Connelly sold the family horse in order to purchase a surplus World War II trainer - and then learned to fly it.
Did you ever wonder what games the Vuntut Gwich'in played before there was hockey? Did you want to learn who Martha Black was and why she is famous? How about the history of an ancestor, or routes to the Klondike?
In my years as curator of collections for Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City, I learned one thing: that gold rush stereotypes are difficult to overcome. Take the frontier brothel, for example.
The Yukon is getting the short end of the stick in the narrative of World War I. There are plenty of books on the Great War, but many of them don't mention Canada's involvement in the conflict.
Everybody who visits the Klondike should see its iconic attractions: The Discovery Claim on Bonanza Creek, and in Dawson City, Robert Service Cabin, Jack London's cabin, even to a certain extent the Berton Home.
Last week, on April 9, members of the three parties in the Yukon legislature rose in turn to commemorate Canada's important role in the Battle for Vimy Ridge.
I attended a recent "Throwback Thursday" sponsored by the MacBride Museum featuring women in Yukon history.
If any Yukon woman stood out in her patriotic activities during the First World War, it had to be Martha Black, the wife of Commissioner George Black.
When Britain declared war with Germany the summer of 1914, the men of the territory rallied to the cause. After all, it would be over by Christmas, they were sure.
Here is an interesting story that was recently brought to my attention by Donald Smith, professor emeritus of history at the University of Calgary.
"It's the goddamndest story you ever heard," Gordon Bennett, an unassuming 92-year-old, told Betsy Lumbye, a journalist with more than 30 years experience. And he was right.