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A New Day
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Claire Anderson of Taku River Tlingit called to the Yukon bar

photo (39).JPGPeople packed Whitehorse courtroom Monday afternoon to witness Claire Anderson's call to the Yukon bar. The Whitehorse resident is a member of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in Atlin.

Yesterday's ceremony saw the traditions of the courtroom meet those of the First Nation. It included drumming and traditional songs. CBC's George Maratos was on hand to capture some of the sounds.

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First nations and fish

adamolsenfish.jpgSalmon is not just a source of food, it's also key to First Nations culture for many B-C communities. That's a message Adam Olsen wants to make sure is understood by any who doubt it. He's asking First Nations people from across B-C to share their salmon photos on a Facebook page. Olsen is a member of the Tsartlip First Nation near Victoria. That's where we've reached him.

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Food Security: Dr. Hanley's weekly studio call

Dr. Brendan Hanley talked food security in this week's studio call.

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International students pitching in at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve

foxenclosure.jpgA Whitehorse fox is becoming an international attraction. Yesterday, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve had visitors from Indonesia. A group of nine young people are here on the Canada World Youth Student exchange. One of their jobs was to help create a new enclosure for a fox. Philippe Morin was there, as the students got a see a fox for the first time. 

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No educational assistant prompts anger in Whitehorse mom

tara-goodwin-chief.jpgAt its recent annual meeting, the Yukon Teachers Assocation spoke out about conditions in Yukon classrooms. The YTA says behaviours are increasing... and there are not enough educational assistants to help out. The association wants to know why the department of education has cut back on EAs.

The department says it hasn't cut back the number of EA positions. That answer doesn't satisfy my next guest. Tara Goodwin-Chief's 12 year old son Milo has learning disabilities. He had an EA from grades 1 through 6. Now, in grade 7, he doesn't have one - and Goodwin-Chief wants to know why. She joined us in the studio this morning.

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VGFN Chief Joe Linklater stepping down

Vuntut Gwitchin Chief Joe Linklater is stepping down, after 16 years on the job. Members go to the polls to elect a new chief and 4 council members on November 17.

Under the Vuntut Gwitchin constitution, an election must be called every 4 years. Chief Linklater says he's not running this time round because he's ready for a change. He joined us by telephone from his home in Old Crow.

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Working together for food security

Poverty and Homelessness Action Week continues here in the Yukon. There's a big emphasis this year on food security. An activist, who has made a big difference for people in the Lower Mainland, will be talking about that tomorrow night.

Jonathan Bird is the founder of Planted ... and he is the executive director of CityGate Leadership Forum. He joined me in the studio.

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Jonathan Bird is in Whitehorse to help mark Poverty and Homelessness Action Week. He's speaking tomorrow at 7pm at the Westmark Hotel.

And our sock drive continues ... the box is filling up in the CBC Lobby. Drop by from 9am-1pm, and from 2-5pm with your new socks.

Popular women's drop-in program running out of money

A Safe Place is the name of a program open on the weekend for women who need ... a safe place to go. It's been running since just before Christmas last year but organizers say it's running out of money. Charlotte Hrenchuk is with the Yukon Status of Women Council. She helped create the program.

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Klondike Roots and Blues Festival

isaakwilliams.jpgThe first Klondike Roots and Blues Festival hits the stage in Whitehorse this weekend. It's a two-day event featuring some of the top players in the country. Two of whom, joined us in the studio this morning... Brandon Isaak and guest Tim Williams. We started it off with their music... 

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The festival is being held at the High Country Inn tonight and the Yukon Convention Centre tomorrow.

Music Playlist October 14 - 17, 2014

  • Feel in the Morning - Kate Weekes
  • West Dawson - George McConkey
  • Leavin' in the Morning - Kenny Blues Boss Wayne
  • First Baseball Game - Nat King Cole
  • Rockin' Socks - Robin Hunter
  • You - Richard Whiteman
  • A Feather's Not a Bird - Roseanne Cash
  • Love Won't Leave Me Alone - Early Winters
  • Slow Motion Kiss - Reid Jamieson Band
  • Shake Rattle and Roll - Jeff Healey
  • Wiser - Old Man Canyon
  • Socks and Shoes - Steve Brockley
  • Blood is Thicker Than Water - Carleton Stone
  • Quatour, H III:78 3E Mouvt - Dover Quartet
  • You + Me - You and Me
  • Pale Moon - Dayna Manning
  • 11:11- Arkells
  • Daily Bread - Bill Bourne
  • All Night - Digging Roots