Yukon Heritage Fairs

2017 Yukon/Stikine Regional Heritage Fair

The 19th Annual Yukon/Stikine Regional Heritage Fair was held on Thurdsay, May 5, 2017 at the Yukon Transportation Museum and the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre in Whitehorse. Sixty-six students displayed their projects and shared their research with judges, dignitaries, peers, heritage sector representatives, and the public, representing 13 schools in the Yukon and Atlin, B.C.:
  • Atlin Community School (ACS)
  • Chief Zzeh Gittlit School (CZGS)
  • Christ the King Elementary School (CKES)
  • Elijah Smith Elementary School (ESES)
  • Eliza Van Bibber School (EVBS)
  • Golden Horn Elementary School (GHES)
  • Hidden Valley Elementary School (HVES)
  • Jack Hulland Elementary School (JHES)
  • Kluane Lake School (KLS)
  • Robert Service Community School (RSCS)
  • St. Elias Community School (SECS)
  • Tantalus Community School (TCS)
  • École Whitehorse Elementary School (EWES)

Award Winners

Grade 4 Awards
  • 1st Place: “Who invented the life-saving suit?” by Ailie Robertson (GHES)
  • 2nd Place: “How did 7 men from Dawson change Stanley Cup history forever?” by Hannah Cibart (GHES)
  • 3rd Place: “What is the Yukon Quest” by Leah Maclean and Sydney Sinclair (EWES)
Grade 5 Awards
  • 1st Place: “Gold Rush or Bone Rush?” by Anneke Aasman (CKES)
  • 2nd Place: “Who made a great impact on Canadian Music?” by Jazzen Patterson (GHES)
  • 3rd Place: “History of Traditional Herbal Medicine” by Justine Bellmore-Smarch and Soraya Oliverio (TCS)
Grades 6/7 Awards
  • 1st Place: “The Frantic Follies” by Cadence Milford (GHES)
  • 2nd Place: “Far from Home” by Shakina Johnson (SECS)
  • 3rd Place: “Gwich’in People and their use of Dogs” by Tyra Benjamin (CZGS)
Grades 8/9 Awards
  • 1st Place: “Northern Tutchone Language and Culture” by Rena Simon (EVBS)
  • 2nd Place: “Issues Facing the Porcupine Caribou Herd” by Candace Tetlichi (CZGS)
  • 3rd Place: “The Gwich’in Nation” by Jocelyn Benjamin (CZGS)
Special Awards
  • Yukon History Hunter Awards (sponsored by Michael Gates): “Faith Fenton” by Marie Mabilog (CKES) and “Following in the Footsteps of Funston’s 1893 Chilkoot Journey” by Kalie Bennett (GHES)
  • Palaeontology or Archaeology Award, (sponsored by Yukon Government Palaeontology Department): “Gold Rush or Bone Rush?” by Anneke Aasman (CKES)
  • Oral History Award (sponsored by Linda Johnson and Lori Eastmure): “Northern Tutchone Language and Culture” by Rena Simon (EVBS)
  • Genealogy Awards (sponsored by Maggie Leary): “Short Circuit: Richard Thompson” by Ethan Thompson (SECS) and “Soaring High” by Brooklyn Miller (SECS)
  • Archives Award (sponsored by Yukon Archives): “How did 7 men from Dawson change Stanley Cup history forever?” by Hannah Cibart (GHES)
  • Best Graphic Design (sponsored by Patricia Halladay): “The Franklin Expedition” by Cadence Hartland (HVES)
  • Yukon Heritage Award (sponsored by the Government of Yukon, Department of Education): “Fiddling in the Snow with Style” by Menna Zanger (EWES)
  • Midnight Arts Award (sponsored by Rob Ingram and Helene Dobrowolsky): “Issues Facing the Porcupine Caribou Herd” by Candace Tetlichi (CZGS)
  • First Nation History and Culture Award (sponsored by Linda Johnson and Lori Eastmure): “Tlingit People” by Mariella Wentzell and Janelle Virmoux-Jackson (EWES)
Parks Canada Peoples’ Choice Awards
  • Grades 4/5: “History of Traditional Herbal Medicine” by Justine Bellmore-Smarch and Soraya Oliverio (TCS)
  • Grades 6/7: “Canada’s Women, Canada’s Game” by Wynne Anderson-Lindsay (EWES)
  • Grades 8/9: “Issues Facing the Porcupine Caribou Herd” by Candace Tetlichi (CZGS)​

Congratulations and Thank You!

Congratulations to every student who participated and thank you to our sponsors, funders, and partners: Yukon Historical & Museums Association, Yukon Heritage Resources Board, Parks Canada, Government of Yukon Department of Education, City of Whitehorse, Coast High Country Inn, Canada's History, Canada's Heritage Fairs, Kayak Magazine, and Government of Canada.

About the Fair

The Yukon Stikine Regional Heritage Fair is held at the beginning of May each year. The Heritage Fairs program is a bilingual educational initiative that encourages students to explore an aspect of Canadian heritage in a dynamic and captivating learning environment. Students use the media of their choice to share their learning about Canadian heroes and legends, milestones and achievements - and then proudly present the results of their research at a public exhibition. Volunteer committees involving educators, heritage groups, and community associations work together to organize these enriching events. The Fairs give students a voice to tell their own stories in their own ways. Their enthusiasm, creativity, and passion make the Fairs a highlight of the school year!