The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) announced today that The North and the First World War conference talks will be available online on April 18 in a special edition of The Northern Review. A limited number of hard copy editions will be out soon.
The North and the First World War conference, held between May 9-12 in 2016, was co-produced by YHMA and the University of Saskatchewan (International Centre for Northern Governance and Development), in partnership with Yukon College.
Canada entered into the war as part of the British Empire, and lost over 60,000 lives during the conflict. World War I defined Canada as a nation, and brought northern communities onto the word stage.
The conference sparked considerable interest in this little-known era of Yukon history. New research on the contributions of local hero Joseph Boyle, the almost 1,000 Yukoners who enlisted, and the impact of the war on northern communities culminated in papers by Canadian, American, Scottish and Romanian academics, as well as local and international historians. A full-length book about Yukoners in World War I was just released by local historian and conference participant Michael Gates.
The Northern Review is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes research and book reviews exploring human experiences in the Circumpolar North. The open-access journal is published online by Yukon College in Whitehorse. Readers are not required to register or subscribe to access the content, but the editors appreciate those who take the time to register.
Dr. Brent Slobodin
YHMA conference committee co-chair