Yukoners remember 103-year-old elder Arthur John Senior
Ross River elder passed away at his home early Tuesday morning, daughter says
Yukoners are remembering one of their oldest residents today.
Ross River elder Arthur John Senior passed away early Tuesday morning at the age of 103.
Chief Brian Ladue of the Ross River Dena Council knew John growing up, and calls him a "Kaska patriarch" for the leading such a traditional lifestyle.
"The one thing about our elders is they love to pass on that information to, you know, their children, their grandchildren, great-grandchildren," Ladue said. "And he's done that, you know, and he's been an amazing example of what it is to be a true Dena person."
John was a trapper and prospector, and worked to survey the Canol Road during the Second World War. He was also one of the pioneers working at the Faro Mine.
They held a mass reception on the day in May, where they were joined by many friends and family.
John's daughter Dorothy says her mother Alice is doing well, continued to be surrounded by her family.