Statement from Premier Sandy Silver on meeting with Nordic ambassadors

Premier Sandy Silver has issued the following statement: 

“Today Minister Ranj Pillai, Minister Nils Clarke and I met with the Nordic ambassadors to Canada, His Excellency Jon Elvedal Fredriksen of Norway; His Excellency Roy Kenneth Eriksson of Finland; His Excellency Urban Christian Ahlin of Sweden; His Excellency Hlynur Guðjónsson of Iceland; and His Excellency Hanne Fugl Eskjaer of Denmark. 

Statement from Premier Sandy Silver on the Governor General of Canada’s first visit to the Yukon

Premier Sandy Silver has issued the following statement: 

“Today I was honoured to meet with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and His Excellency Mr. Whit Fraser as part of their first official visit to the Yukon. It was an opportunity to discuss important issues facing Northern communities, Yukoners and Yukon First Nations.

Daisy Mason Wellness Fund recipient announced

On Friday, June 24, the Commissioner of Yukon Angélique Bernard, on behalf of the Daisy Mason Wellness Fund Advisory Committee, presented this year’s award to Nyla Klugie-Migwans. A member of the Selkirk First Nation, Nyla is planning to organize an event on the land where women can come together for a cleansing ceremony and learn about traditional medicine and teachings. Nyla received $750 to help cover the cost of gas, food and supplies for the event.

Statement from Premier Sandy Silver on the United States Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade

Premier Sandy Silver has issued the following statement:

“I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision from the United States Supreme Court to overturn protections for safe and legal abortions. Nobody should tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her body and this decision strengthens our resolve here in the Yukon to ensure that a woman’s right to choose will continue to be defended and protected.

Public events for Arctic Arts Summit begin this weekend

The lead up to the Arctic Arts Summit begins this Saturday with the public opening of three exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre: Held in Copper, A Land Like No Other and TETHER.

Hosted in partnership with the Canada Council for the Arts, the Arctic Arts Summit brings together more than 300 representatives of the Indigenous nations and Arctic countries in the Circumpolar Region to advance the perspectives, stories and cultures of the North and stimulate collaboration in arts and creative industries throughout the region.

Mummified baby woolly mammoth found by gold miner in the Klondike

This is a joint news release with Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin.

On June 21, 2022, a near complete, mummified baby woolly mammoth was found in the Klondike gold fields within Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Traditional Territory. Miners working on Eureka Creek uncovered the frozen woolly mammoth while excavating through the permafrost. This is a significant discovery for Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin and the Government of Yukon. Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin Elders named the mammoth calf Nun cho ga, meaning “big baby animal” in the Hän language.

Support for tourism businesses impacted by COVID-19 extended

The Government of Yukon has extended and made changes to the Tourism Non-Accommodation Sector Supplement (TNASS) program to provide ongoing support for the Yukon’s tourism sector. The new extension period runs retroactively   from April 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022. Changes to the program include:

Applications for the Yukon Midwifery Program are now open

Whitehorse residents who are in their first 20 weeks of pregnancy can now apply for midwifery care.

The Yukon Midwifery Program provides Yukoners with an additional option for safe, integrated care during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, without having to pay out of pocket. Registered midwives are licensed, insured and fully integrated into Yukon’s health care system. They will work closely with other health providers to provide Yukoners with high quality care.

Nominations are open for the Council of the Federation Literacy Award

The nomination period is now open for the 2022 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The awards are presented annually, in each province and territory, to celebrate the work of educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations and businesses in literacy.

Premier Sandy Silver encourages Yukoners to nominate those who demonstrate outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in adult literacy.  

Public input sought on the regulation of geothermal resources

The Government of Yukon is seeking public input on how geothermal resources should be regulated in the territory. The legislation will provide opportunities for developing geothermal resources as renewable energy for generating heat and electricity.

Under Our Clean Future, the Government of Yukon is prioritizing renewable energy solutions and clean alternatives like geothermal to help reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet the Yukon’s energy needs.