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Elder Ralph James points to a spot on the map that shows caribou corridors for their fall migration to winter grounds. Project lead, Dexter Tokylak takes notes so the GIS can be adjusted to reflect James’ insights. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)

Three Yukon First Nations combine traditional knowledge and modern mapping in preparation for land use planning

How We Walk with the Land and the Water compiles local indigenous knowledge and modern technologies to map wildlife habitats, seasonal variations and migration patterns

Elder Ralph James points to a spot on the map that shows caribou corridors for their fall migration to winter grounds. Project lead, Dexter Tokylak takes notes so the GIS can be adjusted to reflect James’ insights. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
An at-home rapid test for COVID-19 from March 25 appears to show a positive result. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)

Nearly 290,000 free rapid tests handed out in Yukon this year

Yukoners can pick up test kits at no cost at several businesses and communities

An at-home rapid test for COVID-19 from March 25 appears to show a positive result. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)
A public hearing will be held Sept. 12 on a proposal that would see the former Marble Slab location on Second Avenue rezoned to allow for a cannabis retail shop. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
A public hearing will be held Sept. 12 on a proposal that would see the former Marble Slab location on Second Avenue rezoned to allow for a cannabis retail shop. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
From left to right, moderator John Higginbotham, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Lt. Gov Kevin Meyer of Alaksa were joined virtually by Caroline Wawzonek, Northwest Territories minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, during a panel at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit on July 26, 2022. (Pacific NorthWest Economic Region/Twitter)

North American leaders confront infrastructure development in volatile Arctic

Urgency of Russia’s war of Ukraine prompted speakers from the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska

From left to right, moderator John Higginbotham, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Lt. Gov Kevin Meyer of Alaksa were joined virtually by Caroline Wawzonek, Northwest Territories minister of Industry, Tourism, and Investment, during a panel at the Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit on July 26, 2022. (Pacific NorthWest Economic Region/Twitter)
RCMP cruiser passes by police station in Whitehorse on May 17. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)

At least 5 organized crime networks running Yukon’s illicit drug market: report

Law enforcement report measures harms linked to illicit drugs and role of organized crime in Yukon

RCMP cruiser passes by police station in Whitehorse on May 17. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News file)
Patty Hajdu, the federal minister of Indigenous Services, speaks to funding provided for the Council of Yukon First Nations Birth Worker Program and to make menstrual products available on July 27, 2022. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Patty Hajdu, the federal minister of Indigenous Services, speaks to funding provided for the Council of Yukon First Nations Birth Worker Program and to make menstrual products available on July 27, 2022. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
The sheet piling wall installed along Robert Service Way to address landslides is one of a number of work expences approved under emergency escarpment repairs. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
The sheet piling wall installed along Robert Service Way to address landslides is one of a number of work expences approved under emergency escarpment repairs. (Lawrie Crawford/Yukon News)
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Champagne and Aishihik First Nation Chief Steve Smith shake hands after signing an agreement giving CAFN more influence in the management of the Aishihik Generating Station hydroelectric project on July 21. (Dan Carr/Submitted)

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations sign management agreement for Aishihik generating station

Agreements signed on July 21 will give first nation more input on management decisions

Yukon Premier Sandy Silver and Champagne and Aishihik First Nation Chief Steve Smith shake hands after signing an agreement giving CAFN more influence in the management of the Aishihik Generating Station hydroelectric project on July 21. (Dan Carr/Submitted)
Frances Asp, who was also known as Fran and Tth’iowa, died at the Vancouver General Hospital on July 9. (Champagne and Aishihik First Nations/Submitted)

‘Dän shawthän’: Champagne and Aishihik First Nations mourns death of executive director Frances Asp

Frances Asp is being remembered as a practical, logical and forward-looking person

Frances Asp, who was also known as Fran and Tth’iowa, died at the Vancouver General Hospital on July 9. (Champagne and Aishihik First Nations/Submitted)
Left to right: Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of housing and diversity and inclusion; Tr’ondëk Hwëchin Chief Roberta Joseph; and John Streicker, the territory’s minister of the Public Service Commission as well as energy, mines and resource showcase the plans for a new men’s shelter in Dawson City during a press conference July 25. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Construction underway on housing projects

Officials highlight townhouse, shelter initiatives in Whitehorse, Dawson City

Left to right: Ahmed Hussen, the federal minister of housing and diversity and inclusion; Tr’ondëk Hwëchin Chief Roberta Joseph; and John Streicker, the territory’s minister of the Public Service Commission as well as energy, mines and resource showcase the plans for a new men’s shelter in Dawson City during a press conference July 25. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
The Kudz Ze Kayah mine project, located in the centre of Finlayson caribou territory, was approved last month. Affected First Nations are applying to quash the decision. (Courtesy/BMC Minerals)
The Kudz Ze Kayah mine project, located in the centre of Finlayson caribou territory, was approved last month. Affected First Nations are applying to quash the decision. (Courtesy/BMC Minerals)
COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter at 405 Alexander St. and Whistle Bend Place, as well as the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. (Yukon News/File photos)

COVID-19 outbreaks declared at Whitehorse jail, shelter, long-term care home

Yukon government no longer issuing public outbreak notices on routine basis

COVID-19 outbreaks have been declared at the Whitehorse Emergency Shelter at 405 Alexander St. and Whistle Bend Place, as well as the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. (Yukon News/File photos)
Hidden Valley School. (Yukon News file)

Yukon government reports progress on Safer Schools Action Plan

New training and policies in place in wake of failure to seek further sexual exploitation victims

Hidden Valley School. (Yukon News file)
The SS Klondike is seen in downtown Whitehorse. (Gates Collection)

Parks Canada finalizes new SS Klondike management plan

A new management is now in place for the SS Klondike, once…

The SS Klondike is seen in downtown Whitehorse. (Gates Collection)
Liberal Yukon MP Brendan Hanley is seen in a recent pamphlet distributed by mail. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon MP Brendan Hanley tests positive for COVID-19

The former CMOH says he tested positive on July 24

Liberal Yukon MP Brendan Hanley is seen in a recent pamphlet distributed by mail. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Yukon Human Rights Commission sign seen on July 18, 2022. The commission’s request for party status in a case alleging two territorial government departments systemically discriminated against a hearing-impaired man has been rejected by the Supreme Court of Yukon. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)

Yukon Human Rights Commission denied party status on discrimination lawsuit

Case involves Yukon government allegedly systemically discriminating against hearing-impaired man

Yukon Human Rights Commission sign seen on July 18, 2022. The commission’s request for party status in a case alleging two territorial government departments systemically discriminated against a hearing-impaired man has been rejected by the Supreme Court of Yukon. (Dana Hatherly/Yukon News)
Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)

City news, briefly

A look at issues discussed by Whitehorse city council at its July…

Whitehorse City Hall (Yukon News file)
Haa Shade du Hen Maria Benoit of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Minister Richard Mostyn at the official signing of the Tséi Zhéłe / Sinwaa Éex’i Yé / Conrad Historic Site
management plan July 20.

Historic site co-governance plan signed between C/TFN and Yukon government

Mostyn stands in for Ranj Pillai as significant obligation of the C/TFN final agreement comes to fruition at Windy Arm ceremony

Haa Shade du Hen Maria Benoit of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation and Minister Richard Mostyn at the official signing of the Tséi Zhéłe / Sinwaa Éex’i Yé / Conrad Historic Site
management plan July 20.
Dr. Sudit Ranade has been appointed as the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)

QA: Meet the Yukon’s new chief medical officer of health

Dr. Sudit Ranade brings wealth of public health expertise to mix with the territory’s local knowledge

Dr. Sudit Ranade has been appointed as the Yukon’s chief medical officer of health. (Government of Yukon/Submitted)
Jordan Stackhouse and Daniel Schneider are seeking a zoning change that would allow them to open a cannabis retail shop inside the former Marble Slab shop on Second Avenue. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)

Cannabis retailer seeks Whitehorse zoning change to open shop

A proposed zoning change would make the difference in Jordan Stackhouse and…

Jordan Stackhouse and Daniel Schneider are seeking a zoning change that would allow them to open a cannabis retail shop inside the former Marble Slab shop on Second Avenue. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)