Anna Desmarais

Anna Desmarais is a videojournalist for CBC North based in Whitehorse, YT. Before that, she spent two years as the South Slave correspondent based in Hay River. She has also reported from Yellowknife, Ottawa, Edmonton, Toronto and Kathmandu. Twitter: @anna_desmarais Email:

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'Here to model the way': Little Salmon/Carmacks FN seeks Indigenous-led solutions to substance use

The Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, which lost members this year to the ongoing substance use crisis, organized an Indigenous-led wellness week for the community to come together and find healing.

National Indigenous health insurance plan needs major changes, say territorial health ministers

Territorial health ministers say major changes are needed to Canada's Indigenous healthcare insurance plan, such as clarifying rules around travel escorts and when territories should step in to absorb costs.

How Old Crow's solar farm is changing green energy projects in Yukon

A year after the Old Crow solar farm got up and running, those involved with the solar farm say there’s much that can be learned about how the project came to be that could be applied to up and coming green energy projects in the Yukon and across the North. 
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Grief still fresh in Yukon 2 months after spike in opioid deaths

Two months after losing her sister to an opioid overdose, Chantal Tizya is still coming to terms with the loss. Others say drastic action is needed to prevent more losses in the Yukon.

Yukon government recommits to review emergencies act

After spirited debate in the Legislature, the Yukon government says it will review the Civil Emergency Measures Act (CEMA). 

Here's what to expect from Yukon's spring legislative session

The Yukon government's latest budget will be tabled on Thursday, as the spring sitting of the Legislative Assembly gets underway.

New Yukon First Nations school board will 'amplify' on-the-land teachings in Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek was the only community that voted unanimously for the new First Nations school board in a referendum last week. Educators say the new board will amplify the on-the-land teaching they already do for their students.

Yukon has joined B.C. in declaring a substance use emergency. What does that mean?

When B.C. declared a public health emergency in 2016 to deal with its drug crisis, it focused attention on what was happening and prompted some changes, the province's former public health officer says.

Make paid sick leave mandatory for Yukon private businesses, panel suggests

A panel of Liberal and NDP MLAs, and members of the public, recommends that paid sick leave become mandatory for Yukon-based private employers.

Yukon to set up First Nations school board after historic vote

Yukon will soon have a First Nations school board, which supporters say will give them a greater say over education matters with the territorial government.