Cheryl Kawaja

Cheryl Kawaja is a CBC North reporter based in Whitehorse.

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Yukon gov't, First Nations agree to roadmap on government relations

The Yukon government and First Nations in the territory have agreed to a plan, detailing how they will work together on common issues, including justice, heritage, health and social services.

Visitors flocking to Yukon's Tombstone Territorial Park

The number of visitors to Yukon's Tombstone Territorial Park continues to rise — staff at the park's visitor centre say they've welcomed thousands more people this summer compared to last.

Sales of abandoned properties in Faro better than expected, says councillor

The Town of Faro, Yukon, has sold 11 of the community's 37 abandoned properties — buildings that have sat vacant since the nearby Faro mine closed two decades ago.

Yukon outfitters want to know: will the B.C. grizzly bear trophy ban come north?

Yukon outfitters says hunting regulations should be based what's sustainable, not politics, but NDP leader Liz Hanson says Yukon should at least look at the issue.

More flights, more lineups at Whitehorse airport

More flight activity at the Whitehorse airport this summer means some passengers are waiting in line longer than usual for check-in and security, prompting one airline to warn its customers to arrive early.

First Nations teaching farm in Dawson City expands, adds animals

A teaching farm run by the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation outside Dawson City is expanding this summer. The program will include more students, and is also adding animals and a year-round greenhouse.

Hungry? Food trucks getting ready for Whitehorse summer

So far, five food trucks have been allocated spots in the downtown. Some popular vendors are returning, and new ones will be starting up.

Climbers flock to Canada's highest mountain for spring season

Mount Logan will see twice as many climbers as usual this spring, says Parks Canada. One party has already been rescued.

Whitehorse testing new wildfire prevention strategy: burn stuff

The city of Whitehorse is working with Yukon's Wildland Fire crews to do a controlled burn along the Long Lake Road in Whitehorse. It's a pilot project to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfire, by removing fuel.

Dawson City waits and watches for spring breakup

After a winter of precarious ice conditions on the Yukon River at Dawson City, breakup looms. But when?

Arctic Gallery at Canadian Museum of Nature prepares for June opening

The new, permanent gallery will include a space where Northern communities can curate and present their own exhibitions. 'The big picture is to get people to really understand the Arctic.'

Scammed: young 1st-time renter loses $1K over fake Whitehorse apartment ad

A 20-year-old Whitehorse woman said she paid $1,000 before realizing an apartment rental ad online was a fraud. She is now warning others to be vigilant.

Peel watershed dispute before Supreme Court of Canada this week

The case will mark the end of a five-year legal battle over Yukon's vast and pristine Peel watershed, and determine what happens when a government fails in its obligations under a modern First Nations treaty.

First Nation wants inquest into Yukon woman's death, cites 'systemic racism' in health care

A coroner's investigation into Cynthia Blackjack's death in 2013 determined she died of liver failure. But Blackjack's family and the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation still have questions.
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West Dawson makes do with unofficial ice crossing while Yukon River remains open

A section of the Yukon River at Dawson City remains open this winter, preventing the Yukon Government from building an ice bridge, but that's not stopping people from crossing. A five kilometre unofficial ice road connects both sides of the river.