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Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced three probable COVID-19 cases at the Eagle Gold Mine site on June 6. (Yukon News file)

Three COVID-19 cases, outbreak declared at Victoria Gold mine site

Dr. Brendan Hanley, the Yukon’s chief medical officer, announced three probable COVID-19 cases at the Eagle Gold Mine site on June 6. (Yukon News file)
A paddle boarder drafts behind the Paddlers Abreast voyageur canoe while crossing Lake Laberge on Jun. 26, 2019. On June 2 Paddlers Abreast celebrated its 20th anniversary. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

‘You can’t deny the river’: Paddlers Abreast celebrates its 20th anniversary

Paddlers Abreast, the well-known voyageur canoe in the Yukon Quest, celebrates its 20th anniversary

A paddle boarder drafts behind the Paddlers Abreast voyageur canoe while crossing Lake Laberge on Jun. 26, 2019. On June 2 Paddlers Abreast celebrated its 20th anniversary. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Students in Yukon University’s housing maintainer program work on one of the two houses provided by the Tr'ondëk Hwëchin for the program. The houses were gutted and retrofitted as part of the program. (Submitted/Simon Vincent)

Yukon University wraps up housing maintainer program

Seven students renovated two homes owned by the Tr’ondëk Hwëchin over seven months

Students in Yukon University’s housing maintainer program work on one of the two houses provided by the Tr'ondëk Hwëchin for the program. The houses were gutted and retrofitted as part of the program. (Submitted/Simon Vincent)
The Power Corporation of Canada made a $100,000 donation to support the development of the Institute of Indigenous Self-Determination at Yukon University. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

Development of the Institute of Indigenous Self-Determination receives $100,000 boost

Power Corporation of Canada has donated $100,000 to support the development of an Institute of Indigenous Self-Determination at Yukon University

The Power Corporation of Canada made a $100,000 donation to support the development of the Institute of Indigenous Self-Determination at Yukon University. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
2020 Haines Junction graduates line up for a photo on May 27, 2020 as part of a celebration parade through the village. While the St. Elias Community School is able to host an outdoor grad ceremony for 2021 grads this year, it will also host a parade and group photo as it did last year. (Marty Samis/Submitted)

Ceremonies and parades all part of 2021 grad

2021 sees old traditions return with some 2020 events adopted

2020 Haines Junction graduates line up for a photo on May 27, 2020 as part of a celebration parade through the village. While the St. Elias Community School is able to host an outdoor grad ceremony for 2021 grads this year, it will also host a parade and group photo as it did last year. (Marty Samis/Submitted)
A rendering of the proposed new city hall/services building and transit hub. (City of Whitehorse/submitted)

New city hall could cost $24.7 million

Council will be presented with latest plans June 7

A rendering of the proposed new city hall/services building and transit hub. (City of Whitehorse/submitted)
Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Safety improvements planned for Whitehorse school zones

Enhanced pedestrian crosses are planned to make walking to school safer

Mayor Dan Curtis stands in front of Minister Richard Mostyn and MP Larry Bagnell during an infastructure announcement made outside Jack Hulland Elementary School in Whitehorse on June 2. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo) and Education Minister Jeanie McLean during an opening ceremony for the release of the final report from the review of inclusive and special education in the Yukon on June 1. (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)
Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm, Carcross/Tagish First Nation Elder Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo) and Education Minister Jeanie McLean during an opening ceremony for the release of the final report from the review of inclusive and special education in the Yukon on June 1. (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)
According to a new report, 34 per cent of Yukon students were chronically absent last year. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Report finds school attendance rate a symptom of larger issues

In the 2019/20 school year an average of 34 per cent of Yukon students missed 20 or more days of school.

According to a new report, 34 per cent of Yukon students were chronically absent last year. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
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Vuntut Gwichin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm chairs the committee of chiefs who signed an agreement with the Yukon Government, announced June 3 approving the creation of a new First Nation School Board.

Yukon government, First Nation chiefs agree to launch First Nation School Board

A framework agreement will open doors for Indigenous-focused education

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Vuntut Gwichin Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm chairs the committee of chiefs who signed an agreement with the Yukon Government, announced June 3 approving the creation of a new First Nation School Board.
John Tonin/Yukon News Rang Pillai speaks at the Great Yukon Summer press conference on May 27.

‘The sooner the better’: Operators react to Great Yukon Summer campaign

The Great Yukon Summer campaign was announced May 27 and begins June 4

John Tonin/Yukon News Rang Pillai speaks at the Great Yukon Summer press conference on May 27.
Bev Regier is retiring from the Yukon Quest after spending 18 years with the organization. John Tonin/Yukon News

Yukon Quest president Bev Regier retires after 18 years

Yukon Quest president Bev Regier said the choice to retire was a “difficult decision.”

Bev Regier is retiring from the Yukon Quest after spending 18 years with the organization. John Tonin/Yukon News
Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation chief Dana Tizya-Tramm (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)

VGFN reacts to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil and gas leases being suspended

Will continue to seek permanent protection of caribou calving grounds

Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation chief Dana Tizya-Tramm (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)

Liberals refute opposition accusation that wellness centre tender was rushed

Ministers grilled on the award of the wellness centre construction contract

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
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Whitehorse high school students Gavin Howells, left, and Bruce Porter received medals for the projects they entered into the Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Whitehorse students win national science medals

Gavin Howells struck gold at the Canada-Wide Science fair and Bruce Porter won bronze

Jim Elliot/Yukon News
Whitehorse high school students Gavin Howells, left, and Bruce Porter received medals for the projects they entered into the Canada-Wide Science Fair.
The Northwest Territories’ chief medical officer Kami Kandola announced on June 2 that Yukoners can travel to N.W.T. without self-isolating this summer, with an exemption approval. (Courtesy/Northern News Service)

Yukon travellers offered self-isolation exemption in N.W.T.

Yukoners travelling to the Northwest Territories can apply for a self-isolation exemption through ProtectNWT

The Northwest Territories’ chief medical officer Kami Kandola announced on June 2 that Yukoners can travel to N.W.T. without self-isolating this summer, with an exemption approval. (Courtesy/Northern News Service)
A Whitehorse taxi driver successfully challenged a ticket for failing to wear a mask while behind the wheel of his cab in court. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News)

Whitehorse taxi driver successfully challenges CEMA mask ticket

The driver told the court he had a family member in the back when he was spotted by officers

A Whitehorse taxi driver successfully challenged a ticket for failing to wear a mask while behind the wheel of his cab in court. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News)
Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after the final question period of the special spring sitting on May 31. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Budget passes at the end of short spring legislature sitting

The Yukon Party tried to extend the sitting to allow more room for debate

Premier Sandy Silver speaks to reporters after the final question period of the special spring sitting on May 31. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
A parking meter in downtown Whitehorse. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
A parking meter in downtown Whitehorse. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10. (John Tonin/Yukon News)