A HUGE thank you to all of the wildland fire personnel who are tackling fires across the territory and our thoughts are with all of those who have had to evacuate the Mayo and Old Crow area.
Congratulations to all of the North American Games Indigenous Athletes and our local competitors from the Haines Junction area: Justin Johnson (2 golds and silver medal - rifle shooting), Josh Jackson (gold and silver - rifle shooting), Jorja Jackson (gold and 2 silver medals - rifle shooting) and Koltun Jim (4th and 5th place in rifle shooting, Phoenix Widney (Gold - archery), Dawson Widney (Bronze - Archery)
The family of Kwan Sha (Kathy Birkel) invite Kajet (Crow Clan) and friends to the Lu Gha (Klukshu) for her Headstone Potlatch on Saturday August 12 at 2pm.
Champagne and Aishihik First Nation, the Yukon Government, and Parks Canada are hosting a community BBQ at the Da Kų Cultural Centre on August 24th from 4pm to 7pm. There will be great food, lots of door prizes, and a whole lot of fun! Everyone is welcome to attend.
Garden TourThis Sunday, August 13 starting at 11am
Storytime at the Haines Junction Public Library
General Assembly Survey
Kluane National Park
Parks Canada Interpretive ProgramsCampfire Talks take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at the Kathleen Lake Campground from 7pm-8pm.
Description: Join a Heritage Presenter for an evening around a campfire to learn more about the park’s wildlife, forests, glaciers, mountains, and history. Please bring your own mug to enjoy some complimentary tea and hot chocolate.
Every Saturday in August, the campfire talk will be co-hosted by Parks Canada, John Fingland, and youth from Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. The campfire talks will cover various topics about First Nations culture and history…
Saturday, August 12th: Uses of the Mooses (soapberry ice cream will be served at this campfire talk!)
Description (optional): Moose were an important animal for local First Nation communities. Their meat provided food, their hides were used for clothing, and various parts of the moose were used to make tools, weapons, rope, and thread. Come learn all about the uses of the mooses.
Saturday, August 19th: Something Frozen in the Ice
Description (optional): Archaeology in this area is fascinating as hundreds of artifacts are now melting out of ice patches that have stored them for thousands of years. In 1999, human remains melted out of a glacier in this region. Come and learn about his amazing story.
Saturday, August 26th: First Nations Storytelling
Description (optional): Stories have always played an important role in local First Nations culture. Come out and hear the different reasons for telling stories, and a few examples for each reason.
Songs of Kluane takes place every Sunday morning from 11am-12pm at the Kathleen Lake Day-Use Area.
Description: Join us for complimentary coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while you sit back and relax around a campfire and enjoy some original Kluane inspired sing along songs.
Note - there will be no Songs of Kluane on Sunday, August 27th.
The Times They are A-Changin’ Station
This Exploration Station about climate change will be set up at varying times throughout the week at Mät’àtäna Mǟn (Kathleen Lake), Thechàl Dhâl' Visitor Centre, and the Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre in Dakwäkäda (Haines Junction). To inquire about the weekly schedule, call (867) 634-7207.
Kluane First Nation workshops at the Thechàl Dhâl' Visitor CentreKluane First Nation will be hosting various workshops at the Thechàl Dhâl' Visitor Centre throughout the month of August:
Thechàl Dhâl' Visitor Centre Hours
Art and Culture
The Haines Junction Artist Guild Gallery
Presented in partnership with @theyukonartscentre. *Please note there will be NO free tickets for seniors or youth
Village Bakery Concert Series
St Elias Chamber of Commerce
Stimulating Community Investment ProjectThe St. Elias Chamber of Commerce (SECC) would like to stimulate investment within Haines Junction. Within the community, there are several abandoned, derelict, undeveloped, underdeveloped, dormant, and “tired” properties. In some cases, these properties may pose environmental hazards, reflect poorly on the community, or tie up lands that could be better used to benefit the community and its economy. There are investors who would like to invest in Haines Junction, but who need a better understanding of the potential and limitations of these properties.
While there are many reasons why these properties are the way they are, in most cases, the reasons are poorly understood or based on speculation. As such the St. Elias Chamber of Commerce (SECC) would like to inventory and investigate these properties and find ways to help unlock their potential.
It is the hope of the project partners that better information about these properties – with accompanying recommendations for specific and systemic changes – will lead to increased investment in the community.
Business SurveyThe St. Elias Chamber of Commerce is seeking input from businesses in the region on what's working and what's not working when it comes to MUNICIPAL, TERRITORIAL, and FEDERAL by-laws, policies, rules, regulations, legislation, permitting, and inspections.
What will the SECC do with this information? It depends on what we learn. In some cases, we may choose to lobby and advocate on behalf of our membership. We may also choose to host a follow-up event so our members can collectively bring their concerns forward to the appropriate parties. Either way, we might not know what the issues are unless you tell us.
It's your choice: You can submit an anonymous survey or you can include your business name and contact information. Please complete this survey before midnight on August 31st, 2023.
Save the DateThe next Chamber Chat is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 at 7pm
For more information, visit steliaschamber.com
HJ Farmer’s Market
Drop-in at the Bill Brewster Arena
On the 2nd Thursday of each month, the CBC Community Reporter for Dakwäkäda-Haines Junction (Kari Johnston) speaks on CBC morning radio show at around 8:20 am. Tune in at 103.5 FM.