Timeline

There have been many significant events in Yukon’s history that have impacted gender equality. Travel back through the years with our interactive timeline to see where we’ve come from and now, where we’re going.

Leadership and Activism

WOMEN'S DIRECTORATE BECOMES FREE-STANDING DEPARTMENT

The Department reports to the Minister Responsible for the Women's Directorate, the Honourable Margaret Joe. 

Leadership and Activism

FIRST-EVER FIRST NATION WOMAN NAMED TO CABINET

NDP MLA Margaret Commodore (formerly Margaret Joe) of B.C.'s Sto:lo Nation named Minister of Health and Human Resources.

image description NDP MLA Margaret Commodore (formerly Margaret Joe, far right) of B.C.'s Sto:lo Nation named Minister of Health and Human Resources. Photo credit:  Government of Yukon
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Leadership and Activism

WOMEN ON WHEELS ESTABLISHED

Travels to Yukon communities to provide workshops on women's issues like childcare and wage equality.

Economic Equality and Employment

EMPLOYMENT HANDBOOK FOR YUKON WOMEN PRODUCED

The Women's Directorate produces How to Get a Job, an employment handbook for women. 

Economic Equality and Employment

FIRST WOMEN IN THE ECONOMY CONFERENCE

Organized by the Women's Directorate and held in Haines Junction.

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Leadership and Activism

YUKON ADVISORY COUNCIL ON WOMENS ISSUES (YACWI) ESTABLISHED

Serves as a forum for rural and urban, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women to advise the government on issues of concern to women.

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Leadership and Activism

EMPOWERING FIRST NATIONS WOMEN IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

Yukon Indian Women's Association develops the Dene Nets'et'edan project to empower rural First Nations women to pursue personal and community economic development.

Economic Equality and Employment

WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT GROUP ESTABLISHED

Set up to address the barriers to advancement of women managers. A Report on Affirmative Action in the Yukon Government recommends creating a sub-committee of women employees in government (WIG).

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Leadership and Activism

AUDREY MCLAUGHLIN, YUKON MP, ELECTED AS NATIONAL NDP LEADER

Audrey McLaughlin becomes the first woman in Canadian history to lead a national political party.

Violence and Safety

MARKING THE MONTREAL MASSACRE

The Women's Directorate works with the Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre to commemorate the tragic deaths of 14 young women killed at the École Polytechnique de Montréal in December.

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Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

YUKON GAY AND LESBIAN ALLIANCE (GALA) IS ESTABLISHED

Yukon Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) is established. The mission statement included transgender people despite name.

Leadership and Activism

FIRST YUKON WOMEN'S AWARD NIGHT

Sponsored by various Yukon women's groups and organizations on March 8, International Women's Day, to celebrate the achievements of Yukon women. Later changed to coincide with Persons Day on October 18.

Economic Equality and Employment

EMPLOYMENT EQUITY BRANCH ESTABLISHED

Set up by the Public Service Commission to promote equitable participation and remove employment barriers for women, Aboriginal people, and people with disabilities within government.

Violence and Safety

SEXUAL ASSAULT/FAMILY VIOLENCE INFORMATION LINE SET UP

24-hour information line is developed and staffed by the Family Violence Prevention Unit and Kaushee's Place (Yukon Women’s Transition Home).

Childcare and Parenting

OVER 100 NEW CHILDCARE SPACES CREATED THROUGHOUT TERRITORY

New child care bill is tabled in the Legislative Assembly as a result of the Yukon Child Care Strategy.

Childcare and Parenting

TEEN PARENT CENTRE OPENS

Allows young people who are pregnant or parenting to continue their education, offers academic, pre-natal, post-natal and parenting education, and provides daycare for infants and toddlers of student parents.

image description Photo credit:  Women's Directorate
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Violence and Safety

FIRST SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION WEEK

This week of school-based workshops and presentations later evolves into Sexual Assault Prevention Month every May.

Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

WOMEN ON WINGS: A FEMINIST DISABILITY COLLECTIVE

Created by Judi Johnny after she was inspired by attending a Disabled Women’s Network Canada (DAWN) conference.

image description Photo credit:  Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre
Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

CANADIAN FILIPINO ASSOCIATION OF THE YUKON FOUNDED

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Leadership and Activism

WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH ESTABLISHED IN CANADA

Established in October by the federal government to celebrate the vital contributions of women to Canadian society.

Education and Field of Study

OUR LAND, TOO: WOMEN OF CANADA AND THE NORTHWEST, 1860–1914

Supplementary Grade 10 history text is distributed to Yukon high schools, highlighting women's contributions to society. Written by Carolyn Moore and Karen Jean Braun. 

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Leadership and Activism

MULTIPLE ROLES, MULTIPLE VOICES: A SURVEY OF YUKON WOMEN PUBLISHED

A statistical report on the concerns and priorities of Yukon women is published by the Women's Directorate and the Yukon Bureau of Statistics. 

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Education and Field of Study

GIRLS EXPLORING TECHNOLOGY PILOT PROJECT

Becomes Youth Exploring Trades the following summer.

image description Photo credit:  Government of Yukon
Education and Field of Study

GENDER EQUITY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICY INTRODUCED INTO YUKON SCHOOLS

Health and Wellness

FIRST WOMEN OF GRIT PROGRAM

Offered for women in transition experiencing violence, stress, or hardship.

Arts and Culture

VIDEO: A CENTURY OF YUKON WOMEN PRODUCED

Co-sponsored by the Women’s Directorate and the Department of Education.

Violence and Safety

REFORM OF THE LAW OF INTOXICATION: A FIRST NATIONS WOMEN'S ANALYSIS

Corinne McKay, a First Nations law student, researched and wrote the analysis. It used by national women's groups to persuade the Federal Minister of Justice to take action to negate the Daviault decision that accepted intoxication as a defence to sexual assault. 

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Leadership and Activism

FIRST LAND CLAIMS AND SELF-GOVERNMENT TRAINING FOR ABORIGINAL WOMEN

Workshop hosted by the Women's Directorate supported First Nations women in their interest to participate in the ongoing implementation of land claims and self-governance.

Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

FOUNDING OF LES ESSENTIELLES

Non-profit organization represents the interests of francophone women in Yukon.

Poverty and Economic Challenges

YUKON ANTI-POVERTY COALITION (YAPC) FORMED

Works to eliminate poverty in the Yukon through advocacy, awareness, and action.

Leadership and Activism

FIRST-EVER FIRST NATIONS PERSON APPOINTED COMMISSIONER FOR THE YUKON

Judy Gingell is appointed Commissioner.

image description Photo credit:  Government of Yukon
Violence and Safety

YOUTH INVESTMENT FUND (YIF) ESTABLISHED

Provides short-term operating funds to community-based projects that involve "at-risk" youth.

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Sports and Physical Activity

ADDRESSING GENDER AND HARASSMENT IN SPORTS

The Women's Directorate worked in collaboration with Sports and Recreation to address gender and harrassment in sports, through changes to Government of Yukon Community and Transportation Services's Yukon 2000 report.

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Economic Equality and Employment

IN OTHER WORDS: AN INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE GUIDE RELEASED

Helps government employees communicate in ways that reinforce the full participation of all people.

Violence and Safety

FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT INTRODUCED

Offers three protective court orders to help victims: an Emergency Intervention Order, a Victim's Assistance Order, and a Warrant of Entry.

Childcare and Parenting

WORKSHOPS OFFERED FOR DIVORCING AND SEPARATING PARENTS

For the Sake of the Children offers workshops based on a Manitoba program.

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Violence and Safety

YUKON GOVERNMENT AMENDS THE LIMITATION OF ACTIONS ACT

Amendments recognize the need for healing of survivors of sexual abuse and remove time restrictions on legal action. Amendments also apply to minors who suffered sexual abuse or sexual misconduct in childhood.

Leadership and Activism

LIARD ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S SOCIETY (LAWS) FOUNDED

A non-profit, charitable, Aboriginal organization that provides social development services to the Kaska Nation in Yukon and northern British Columbia.

Leadership and Activism

WOMEN'S ADVOCATE PROGRAM ESTABLISHED

Victoria Faulkner Women's Centre sets up program to support and advocate for women navigating social and legal systems related to areas such as child protection, housing, and intimate partner violence.

Poverty and Economic Challenges

"SURVIVING IN WHITEHORSE" PUBLISHED

Lists places in Whitehorse to access free or low-cost goods and services (including food, clothing, shelter, support, job-training, and counseling). Now published by the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition.

Economic Equality and Employment

ACT TO AMEND THE HUMAN RIGHTS ACT PASSED

Prohibits discrimination based on source of income when seeking accommodation, applying for work, using a public facility, or accessing a public service.

Arts and Culture

YUKON WOMEN IN MUSIC BORN

The organization organizes concerts, workshops and fund raising events, and provides networking opportunities for Yukon women in music. Nicole Edwards speaks about mentorship

image description Photo credit:  Women's Directorate
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Leadership and Activism

CIRCUMPOLAR WOMEN'S CONFERENCE HELD

A three-day conference was held in Whitehorse in November, bringing together 400 women from around the north.

Poverty and Economic Challenges

COUNTING US IN: A STATISTICAL PROFILE OF YUKON WOMEN RELEASED

The profile is launched by the Women's Directorate during Gender Equity Awareness Week in April.

Arts and Culture

GWAANDAK THEATRE FOUNDED

Develops, produces, and tours professional plays that reflect on Indigenous equality and empower northern voices. Patti Flather, co-founder, talks about women as storytellers.

Sports and Physical Activity

KIDS RECREATION FUND CREATED

Administered through Sport Yukon, the fund provides lower-income families in Yukon with children aged 0 to 18 years an opportunity to participate in sport and recreational activities.

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Leadership and Activism

FIRST WOMAN PREMIER OF YUKON ELECTED

Pat Duncan, leader of Yukon’s Liberal Party, becomes the second woman in Canada to be elected premier through a general election.

Leadership and Activism

FIVE OF THE SIX MOST IMPORTANT GOVERNMENT POSITIONS IN YUKON HELD BY WOMEN

The five positions are Commissioner Judy Gingell; Member of Parliament Louise Hardy; federal Senator Ione Christensen; Whitehorse Mayor Kathy Watson; and Yukon Premier Pat Duncan. The sixth position, that of Grand Chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations, was previously held by Judy Gingell.

image description Photo credit:  Aasman Brand Communications
Economic Equality and Employment

YUKON WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGIES (YWITT) OPENS

The goal is to increase the number of women in Yukon trade and technology jobs. Betty Irwin talks about women in trades. 

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Economic Equality and Employment

YOUNG WOMEN EXPLORING TRADES CONFERENCE HELD

A one-day conference for Grade 8 Yukon girls explores the trades in a safe and supportive environment.

Leadership and Activism

GATHERING HELD FOR YUKON WOMEN ON HOW MINING AFFECTS COMMUNITIES

A two-day gathering, Gaining Ground: Women, Mining and the Environment, brings Yukon women together to discuss the impact of mining on communities, families, and the environment, and strategies for positive social change. Organized by the Yukon Status of Women Council and the Yukon Conservation Society.

Poverty and Economic Challenges

FIRST BARE ESSENTIALS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

The campaign, which runs in late November, invites Yukon government employees to donate basic supplies to all women’s shelters for women fleeing violence.

image description Photo credit:  Government of Yukon
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Health and Wellness

EXPLORING LIFE CHOICES FOR YOUNG YUKON WOMEN

Six A Cappella North 2 bulletins explore topics such as alcohol and drug use, sexual assault, First Nations youth, education, active living and health, and equality.

Violence and Safety

HOT PEACH PAGE (SINCE RENAMED ABUSE HELP LINE) PUBLISHED IN YUKON PHONE DIRECTORY

Violence and Safety

COURT WATCH YUKON ESTABLISHED

Set up by the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre to oversee and address the court’s response to female victims of abuse and sexualized assault.

Childcare and Parenting

"GROWING TOGETHER: OUR COMMUNITY, OUR CHILDREN" CONFERENCE

Learning Disabilities Association of Yukon (LDAY) holds a three-day conference on early intervention and quality childcare.

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Childcare and Parenting

FIRST YUKON FRANCOPHONE JOURNAL ON CHILD CARE PUBLISHED

Le Nombril, an annual perinatal and early childhood journal, is published for Canadian francophone families by Les EssentiElles, a Yukon organization for francophone women.

image description Photo credit:  Les EssentiElles
Leadership and Activism

WHITEHORSE ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S CIRCLE FOUNDED

A non-profit organization set up to create an outlet for the voices of Aboriginal women in Whitehorse.

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Leadership and Activism

SAME SEX MARRIAGE LEGALIZED IN YUKON

Health and Wellness

RURAL PREGNANT MOMS SUITE OPENS IN WHITEHORSE

The suite in Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre provides women from Yukon communities with a place to stay while awaiting delivery.

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Violence and Safety

YUKON BRANCH OF ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETY FORMED

The Society works with women, girls, and children involved in or affected by the criminal justice system, as well as those at risk of involvement.

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Leadership and Activism

GRASSROOTS SUPPORT FOR GIRLS IN FARO

"Girls Night Out", a volunteer-led initiative in Faro, is developed to encourage general wellness and provide support for healthy development of girls ages 11-17 in Faro.

image description Photo credit:  Women's Directorate
Childcare and Parenting

FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOURS ADOPTED IN LEGISLATURE

After 3 women MLAs lobbied for more family-friendly hours, Legislative Assembly hours change from 1-6 pm to 1-5:30 pm.

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Poverty and Economic Challenges

TERRITORIAL REPORT ON WOMEN'S HOMELESSNESS RELEASED

The Yukon Status of Women Council publishes A Little Kindness Would Go a Long Way: A study of women's homelessness in the Yukon.

Leadership and Activism

TWO SUCCESSFUL YUKON ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S SUMMITS

Strong Women, Strong Communities: Furthering Aboriginal Women's Equality conferences are held in Watson Lake and Whitehorse.

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Health and Wellness

WHITEHORSE FOOD BANK OPENS

Beginning in May, the Food Bank provides emergency food to people in Whitehorse.

Violence and Safety

REPORT RELEASED ON MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN AND GIRLS ACROSS CANADA

Voices of Our Sisters In Spirit: A Report to Families and Communities, published by the Native Women’s Association of Canada, identifies 520 known Canadian cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

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Poverty and Economic Challenges

SAFE LUNCH PROGRAM FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN BEGINS

"Sally and Sisters", a biweekly, substance-free lunch program for women and children, is launched in September by a number of organizations.

Health and Wellness

YUKON NUTRITION FRAMEWORK RELEASED

Published by Yukon Health and Social Services in March, the Framework defines food as a human right and establishes a food-secure territory as a goal.

Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

MONTHLY SUPPORT MEETINGS ON GENDER IDENTITY AND SEX ORIENTATION ISSUES

PFLAG Whitehorse (a chapter of PFLAG Canada) holds monthly meetings for anyone struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity questions, either in themselves or with a friend or family member.

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Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

1ST NEWSPAPER ARTICLE BROACHING THE SUBJECT OF GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE

First article broaching the subject of Gender Non-Conforming people in the Rainbow Column of What's Up Yukon.

image description Photo credit:  What's Up Yukon
Violence and Safety

WHITE RIBBON YUKON FOUNDED

White Ribbon Yukon, a non-profit organization led by men to oppose violence against women, is co-founded by Steve Roddick and Scott Carlson.

Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

QUEER YUKON ESTABLISHED

A web-based LGBT support group is created.

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Leadership and Activism

RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ELECTED TO YUKON LEGISLATURE

Nearly 32% of seats in the legislature are captured by women (the highest on record in Yukon). The NDP caucus is made up of 67% women. The party becomes the first with official party status in Canada to be made up of over 50% women.

Arts and Culture

MUSIC CAMP TO EMPOWER GIRLS HELD

The first “Empowering Girls Through Music” camp takes place in Faro.

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Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

YUKON QUEER FILM ALLIANCE ESTABLISHED

Yukon Queer Film Alliance is established. It presents film and other Queer art media to Yukon audiances such as the annual film festival Out North.

image description Photo credit:  Yukon Queer Film Alliance
Poverty and Economic Challenges

REPORT ON SOCIAL INCLUSION AND POVERTY RELEASED

The Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy is released in December.

Education and Field of Study

POLICY ON SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY ESTABLISHED FOR YUKON SCHOOLS

In September the Yukon Department of Education adopts the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity policy. It requires schools to provide a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environments for all students.

Health and Wellness

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SYMPOSIUM HELD

The Yukon Status of Women Council organizes a reproductive health symposium with therapist Sarah Thompson from Alberta to talk to vulnerable Yukoners about reproductive choice (such as birth control and abortion).

Violence and Safety

CAMPAIGN TO STOP MALE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

Guided by a 2011 survey on stopping male violence against women and girls, the Women’s Directorate creates the "Am I the Solution" campaign.

Leadership and Activism

RURAL YUKON ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S SUMMIT HELD

"Strong Women, Strong Communities: Restoring Our Balance" conference is held in Whitehorse.

image description Photo credit:  Women's Directorate
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Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

HIDDEN HISTORIES SOCIETY YUKON (HHSY) INCORPORATED

HHSY began hosting events and historical exhibits on Black and Asian history in Yukon in 2000. Lillian Nakamura-Maguire talks about Hidden Histories. 

Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

TRANS YUKON FACEBOOK GROUP ESTABLISHED

Trans Yukon Facebook group established. It is a place to share information and resources.

Leadership and Activism

FIRST 24 HOURS OF GAYLIGHT PARADE HELD

The Pride Parade takes place in June. Before the parades there were annual Pride picnics.

image description Photo credit:  Stephanie Hammond
Violence and Safety

BETTY'S HAVEN APARTMENT COMPLEX OPENS

The complex, named after Betty Sjodin, a Gwich’in Elder who has worked for the Yukon women’s Transition Home Society for over 30 years, offers second-stage housing to women who have experienced violence.

image description Photo credit:  Women's Directorate
Violence and Safety

WORKSHOPS FOR MEN AND BOYS TO STAND UP TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Les EssentiElles receives funding from Status of Women Canada to assess violence against Yukon women and create workshops that engage men and boys to resist violence against women. The workshops, taught by White Ribbon Yukon volunteers, are offered in high schools across Yukon until March 2015.

Leadership and Activism

COMMEMORATIVE CARVING COLLECTION IN HONOUR OF YUKON SISTERS IN SPIRIT

The Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council donates a permanent, commemorative Grandmother Moon carving collection to the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

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Leadership and Activism

INTERSECTIONALITY IS INTEGRATED INTO THE WORK OF THE WOMEN'S DIRECTORATE

Robin Hamilton discusses the importance of intersectionality.

Economic Equality and Employment

PROGRAM ON FIREFIGHTING FOR YOUNG YUKON WOMEN INTRODUCED

The Ember Fire Academy is a week-long, hands-on program dedicated to introducing young Yukon women to firefighting.

image description Photo credit:  Government of Yukon
Health and Wellness

NEW HEALTH CLINICS LAUNCHED

Yukon Sexual Health Clinic and Women's Midlife Health Clinic open. 

Violence and Safety

PRESENTATION ON CONSENT LAW IN CANADA HELD

Offered by Les EssentiElles, the presentation includes panel discussions, school activities, and movie screenings. The project includes a set of posters on consent law and a radio show discussing consent.

Sports and Physical Activity

TRANSGENDER PLAYERS WELCOMED IN WOMEN'S HOCKEY

The Whitehorse Women’s Hockey Association drafts a board policy welcoming transgender players to play in the league.

image description Photo credit:  Chase Blodgett
Leadership and Activism

RECOGNITION OF SAME-SEX PARENTS ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES

The Yukon government amends the Vital Statistics Act to recognize same-sex parents on birth certificates. Previously, only the biological parent in a same-sex relationship could be listed on the birth certificate.

Violence and Safety

COURT WATCH YUKON REVIVED

Court Watch Yukon was revived by the Yukon Status of Women Council, with support from the Women’s Coalition. 

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Leadership and Activism

PASSING OF A MOTION TO AMEND THE YUKON HUMAN RIGHTS ACT

In May 2015 the Yukon Legislative Assembly passes a motion to amend the Yukon Human Rights Act to explicitly protect the rights of transgender, transsexual and trans-variant citizens.

Leadership and Activism

1ST YUKON SUPPORT GROUP FOR GENDER NON-CONFORMING PEOPLE

All Genders Yukon is established and becomes the first Yukon support group for Gender Non-Conforming people and the people that love them.

Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

CITY OF WHITEHORSE ADOPTS LGBTQ WORKPLACE TRAINING

This is the first training to be made mandatory for all city employees and futre city employees.

Education and Field of Study

40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANNUAL CYFN FIRST NATIONS GRADUATION CEREMONY

image description Photo credit:  Government of Yukon
Leadership and Activism

WALKING WITH OUR SISTERS COMMEMORATIVE EXHIBITION IN YUKON

The exhibition to honour the lives of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada is displayed at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre.

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Diverse Territory: The Changing Face of Yukon

CITY OF WHITEHORSE RAISES TRANSGENDER FLAG

On June 23rd close to 100 supporters, including officials from all levels of government gathered to see the first ever transgender flag raised on a municiple flag pole in Yukon.

image description Photo credit:  Deborah Turner-Davis
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