Gingerbread House Making
The CAFN Education Department is hosting a Gingerbread House decorating party on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Da Kù. There will also be an opportunity to get a Christmas Family Portrait taken. A light dinner will be served along with snacks. Contact Tracy Kane or Margaret Chiblow if you have any questions.
RCMP – Haines Junction
RCMP Open House – Is on Thursday, December 13 from 11:30am to 1pm. Join the RCMP HJ Detachment for chili, homemade buns and baked goodies.
The Haines Junction Health Centre
The Haines Junction Health Centre is hosting it’s holiday Open House on Thursday, December 13 from 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. Stop by for a treat… get your flu shot, pick up some health-related information and enjoy the company of our amazing health care team and community.
The Alsek Renewable Resources Council, YESAB Office Haines Junction, the Conservation Officer Services and Regional Biologists, Squirrel Camp, Parks Canada and the Kluane Management Board all invite you to a festive Open House on Thursday, December 13 from 5 to 7pm at the St. Elias Convention Centre. There will be lots of display booths, door prizes and delicious treats!
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
CAFN is hosting a community Christmas Open House on Friday, December 14 from noon to 3pm at the Main CAFN Administration Building in Dakwakada-Haines Junction. There will be prizes, food and a silent auction!
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Join local bird enthusiast Julie Bauer on Saturday, December 15 for the annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids. Meet at the Haines Junction Library at 1:30pm. We’ll visit lots of local birding hot-spots within the Village. We’ll warm up with soup and hot chocolate at the library when we’re all done! Contact Julie with questions at 634-2002
Celebrate the season at the Church of St. Christopher (the Log Church) on Sunday, December 16th at 7pm for the Annual Carol Service. Lots of Christmas Carols and live music. Please bring a plate of Christmas baking to share.
CAFN Lift your Spirits – Christmas Connects Days
Join the community at Da Ku Cultural Centre on Monday, December 17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for Card Reading! Haircuts! Massages! Pedicures! Manicures! Energy Sessions! And more! Lunch provided. Contact Shannon Maloney at 634-5242 for more information.
Christmas Lights Contest
The Annual Christmas Lights and Decorating Contest will be held on Thursday, December 20 this year. Have your lights display ready for 7:00 pm.
Household categories include: Griswold Award for spectacular lighting, motion or music; the Charlie Brown Award for simple decorations but full of Christmas cheer; the Nostalgia Award for traditional decorations of Holidays past, reminding folks of their childhood.
The Children and Youth categories include: Frosty the Snowman Award for a creative front yard snow creation; the Snoopy Award for decorating something other than your home; the Inside-Out Award for an indoor display that is visible from the road.
There are also commercial and institutional prizes.
Every household is automatically entered… and if you live just outside the Village boundary, please call the Village of HJ office and let our volunteers know to come and check out your display. A big thank you to Dana McKinnon for taking the lead on this festive event!
CAFN Community Wellness invites you to Christmas Baking on Friday, December 21 at Nätsèkhį Kų (Healing House) at 4:30pm. RSVP with Annette at 634-5361 or Jocelyn at 634-4200x 214.
Village of Haines Junction
The Village of Haines Junction will be hosting their annual Christmas Open House in the evening on Friday, December 21 in the Atrium.
Christmas Bird Count
The Haines Junction Christmas Bird Count will be on Saturday, December 22. Contact Julie with questions and meet up location at 634-2002.
Every year tens of thousands of bird enthusiasts rally together to count millions of birds across the continent. This year we’re celebrating the 119th count of this long-running wildlife survey.
Join the congregation at the Log Church for Christmas Eve Holy Communion with Reverend Dudley Ritchie on Monday, December 24 at 7pm.
Skate with Santa
Skate with Santa will be held at the Bill Brewster Arena on Monday, December 24th… details coming soon!
Annual Homecoming Hockey Tournament
The annual Haines Junction Homecoming Hockey Tournament takes place on Wednesday, December 26. The tournament is for ages 15 and up. It’s $25 a player and goalies are free. Those who are interested in playing can sign up at the Bill Brewster Arena or the Bank. You can also call Dana at 323-2658 for questions or to register.
The Thrift Shop is open every other Thursday from 2-4pm… so that means you’re last chance to score a great thrifty Christmas gift is this Thursday, December 13.
Jake Hanson, owner of Total Excellence Soccer is coming to the St. Elias Community School on Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12 to run soccer skills sessions in the school gym. Kids under 12 play from 3:30pm to 5:30pm and youth 12 years and older play from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The cost is $20 for the two sessions.
Thursdays and Saturdays from 7-9PM at the St. Elias Community School gym, co-ed, 13+ unless accompanied.
Mondays: - starting at 5:15 at Yukon College. Free.
Tuesdays: - starting at 5:15 at the Yukon College. Free.
Bill Brewster Arena
Public Skate is:
Drop-in curling is Saturday from 7pm to 9:30pm
Drop-in Hockey is Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30-9pm.
Haines Junction Minor Hockey
November was a busy month for HJMH with regular ice times, a Learn to Skate Clinic with Arctic Edge, a Hockey Skills camp with Next Level Hockey and Fitness, and some fun fundraising events too.
HJMH would like to highlight their November Volunteer/Player of the Month Alia Drummond.
Alia is a first-year peewee hockey player. Aside from being a constant attendant of her local practices, Alia practices and plays games with the Yukon North Stars female peewee team in Whitehorse most weekends. Last month, Alia was the only female player from Haines Junction to travel with this team to the Wickenheiser Female Hockey Festival in Calgary. In addition to taking in all the great activities, seminars, meeting Hailey Wickenheiser and other female pro-hockey players; her team was also able to go undefeated in the tournament and bring home a GOLD medal.
Alia has committed over three hours so far to volunteering for HJMH, including helping with set up and clean-up of events, and assisting new skaters at the Learn-to-Skate clinic. She was also able to raise the second most pledges in this year’s skate-a-thon. Keep up the great work representing HJMHA Alia!
The month of Dec and January will be busy as well. December 11-12 is PICTURE day. HJMH would like to thank Bruce Binder for offering his time and Photography experience. The pictures will be a great keepsake!
Dec 19-20: Fun Kids vs. Parent Games
Dec.24-Jan 3: Christmas Break
January 20: Learn to Skate Clinic geared for kids ages 4-10 - open to ALL.
January 26, 27: Haines Junction is hosting a 13+ Female Jamboree!
For more information 332-2070, firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
Romp n Run
Romp n Run has some exciting and fun programs for your little ones during these cold and dark days of December. Programs are for kids 4 and under and their parent or caregiver. Tuesdays and Thursday 10am -11:30 at the Hockey Arena mezzanine. A healthy snack is provided.
This Tuesday, Dec 11th is Parent and Tot Yoga fun, Thursday, Dec 13th will be a fun program with the Child Development Centre and our last program of the season will be Tuesday, Dec 18th with Amber doing some more yoga, moving and fun.
There will be no Romp n Run on Thursday, Dec 20th and we will start back up again on January 8th, 2019!
Yukon College – Haines Junction Campus
Canadian Firearms Safety Course – January 19 and 20 from 9am to 5pm. Cost is $195 +GST.
Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid – January 21 to 25 from 9am to 5pm. Cost is $495. The deadline to register is January 16, 2019.
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Drop-in sewing/projects class is every Wednesday at Da Kù Cultural Centre from 6-8pm. Come in to complete those half finished projects or maybe you are starting a new one. Great sewing company and advice how to complete your projects!
Southern Tutchone Language Lessons
For all community members, the Southern Tutchone language class schedule for December is:
St. Elias Community School
The St. Elias Community School Council is accepting donations for our annual Silent Action! This has been a very successful fundraiser for student activities and equipment in past years, thanks to generous community members and businesses.
This year’s Silent Auction will be held December 18 during the St. Elias Community School Christmas concert.
Donations may include new items, gift cards, gift certificates, work donations, (nut-free) baking and “gently” used items.
For inquiries or to arrange donation pick-up or drop-off, please message Cassandra Wheeler, Millie Joe, Shannon Maloney or Amy McKinnon. You are also welcome to deliver your donations to the school office.
On behalf of the St. Elias Community School and Student Council, all the staff and students, thank you for your continued and valued support.
Arts and Culture
Music Jam Night
Join fellow musicians at the Village Bakery Green Room on Friday nights from 5:30pm to 9pm for drop in Jam sessions. Bring your own instrument. Bring your own tea. Bring some firewood. Thank you to the Village Bakery for donating the space 😊
Junction Arts and Music
Our next concert is Sarah MacDougall + band CD release concert coming up on January 11, 2019 at the St. Elias Centre. Doors open at 7:00pm, Concert at 7:30. Tickets are available at the door $20 ($10 for seniors or youth).
January 26th - Jodi Proznick trio at the St. Elias Centre. Doors open at 7:00pm, Concert at 7:30. Tickets are available at the door $20 ($10 for seniors or youth).
Haines Junction Library
Story hour is every Friday from 10-11am
Local author, Allison Martin, has started a local writing group. The group meets the first Saturday of each month, the next meeting is January 5. It’s a drop-in, casual group for anyone interested in working on their words. The group meets at the Haines Junction Library on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.
Art Journaling Group
Kim Henkel hosts an Art Journaling group at the St. Elias School art room every Tuesday from 7-9pm. Bring supplies if you have them, if not, Kim is happy to share hers.
Dakwäkäda nda dän kų – Haines Junction Health Centre News
It’s not too late to get your flu shot! Walk-in or call for an appointment to ensure that you and your loved ones are protected from the flu this season. Remember, handwashing is the best way to prevent spreading and contracting viral illness.
Naloxone Kits are available at the Haines Junction Health Centre. Fentanyl is deadly and present in the Yukon. If you are using drugs, don’t use them along and have a Naloxone kit available. Kits are available to anyone for free from the clinic, with a 20-minute training session. It’s confidential and could save a life!
On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, the CBC Community Reporter for Dakwäkäda-Haines Junction (Kari Johnston) speaks on Yukon Morning with Christine Grenier at around 8:20 am. Tune in at 103.5 FM.