June 2017

WHITEHORSE— Sex sells, so we are told, and Yukon College’s Northern Climate ExChange (NCE) is hoping this holds true for science as much as advertising. 

Starting today, NCE is accepting submissions for a contest to find the best slogan to promote awareness of both climate change and safe sex.

Can’t see the connection? Maybe you’re not thinking hard enough. Just look to winners from the previous contest in 2011, including “Stop dangerous emissions” and “Forget your car. Let’s burn some real rubber.”

The winning slogans will be printed on condom wrappers and distributed throughout Yukon this fall.

“Addressing climate change and addressing unsafe sex – both involve adjusting our habits and behaviour to improve our personal health and the health of our communities,” said Holly Bull, Climate Change Research Assistant at NCE. “We hope this campaign and contest gets people talking and leads to positive change.”

WHITEHORSE— Elise McCormick and Joanne Sherrard from Dawson City have won the 2017 Yukon Innovation Prize. McCormick and Sherrard were awarded the $60,000 grand prize today by Stephen Rose, Assistant Deputy Minister, Yukon Economic Development, and Stephen Mooney, Director, Cold Climate Innovation at Yukon College, in a ceremony at Ayamdigut campus.

McCormick and Sherrard’s winning project proposed Aurum Birch Sap Skincare – a line of facial care products made with natural compounds found in raw birch sap. They will now use the $60,000 to further bring their idea to commercialization.

“We are really excited. This support from the Yukon Innovation Prize gives us the opportunity to bring our product to market much sooner than we would have been able to,” said Joanne Sherrard.

PELLY CROSSING – A new program at Yukon College’s Pelly Crossing campus starts with a unique assignment – students will build a raft and use it to travel from Fort Selkirk to Minto Landing.

It’s part of the programming at the Huchá Hudän Field School. The month-long pilot Essential Skills project is a collaboration between the College and Selkirk First Nation.

The land-based program blends traditional and cultural skills with critical discourse, workplace readiness certificates, and additional training.

Students will spend their days working with Elders and instructors to learn Northern Tutchone, make and use fish traps, prepare camps, and discuss topics including decolonization, Indigenous governance, and self-determination. Modules include a moose hunt, wilderness first aid and GPS and traditional navigation.