May 2017

WHITEHORSE—There are still a handful of spots available in the Yukon College summer Kid’s Camp program, but the one-week camps are filling up fast according to Camps manager Veronica Huggard.

Camps explore science, technology and trades for kids and youth aged 5-13. Programs include natural and environmental science, astronomy, mechanics, Minecraft, space exploration, robotics, carpentry, metalwork, coding, chemistry, biology and physics.

Camps begin at Ayamdigut campus June 26, with the first community campus camp taking place in Haines Junction the week of June 12. The communities of Dawson City, Mayo, Carmacks and Ross River will also host week-long camps throughout the summer.

WHITEHORSE – What impact do you have on your own drinking water? James Storey, local ninth-grader, is going to help find out at the Canada-Wide Science Fair being held in Regina this week.
Storey is one of three Yukon youth taking part in a national citizen project that samples water isotopes from communities across Canada. The opportunity to participate in the study came as part of his win at the 30th Annual Yukon/Stikine Regional Science Fair at Yukon College back in February.

For Storey, it’s the second regional win in as many years.

In 2016, his project, Camping Stove Efficiency For Summertime Alpine Hiking, placed, and he traveled to the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal. This year, his project, A Lasting Bond, tested various types of glue for their torsional, tensile and shear strengths. Storey, who goes to F.H. Collins, designed and built two apparatuses to gauge this.

WHITEHORSE—Yukon-born environmental scientist Nadia Joe will address the class of 2017 graduating students at Yukon College convocation this Friday. Through her work in water management and wastewater treatment Joe helps bridge cultural divides over water governance.

Joe is an inaugural Jane Glassco Fellow (2010-12) who is currently working with Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to design a culturally appropriate traditional knowledge study to assess impacts from the Aishihik Hydro project.

Joe is Nlaka'pamux on her mother's side and southern Tutchone/Tlingit—belonging to the Crow Clan of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations—on her father's side. While Joe lives in Vancouver now, she still considers Klukshu home, and visits often with her elders there.