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If I were Prime Minister of Canada, I’d make it a residency requirement for everyone to visit a community outside their own on Canada Day.

I’ve done this several times- years ago to Drayton Valley, Alberta, where my sister taught; more recently, to Mayne Island, off the coast of British Columbia, and, today, in Whitehorse, Yukon.

We’re such a big, diverse country that we need to touch base with each other from time to time, and Canada Day seems like a great time to do that. I think you can tell a lot about a community by how they celebrate being part of this diversity.

Like many communities across Canada, Whitehorse had a pancake breakfast and a parade. Then, many of the residents ambled over to the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre, where the Adaka Festival featured visual and performing artists from across the circumpolar region. The Festival featured concerts, artist talks and demonstrations, workshops, and an awesome art gallery. What better way to get to know the Yukon’s 14 First Nations, and their brothers and sisters from across Canada, Russia, and Scandinavia?

So, here’s a little taste of Canada Day in Whitehorse, where the strength and freedom of the North was on display for all to see.

4 thoughts on “The true North strong and free

  1. Deb says:

    You’re the new Rick Mercer, who signed off his series by saying, “see Canada”!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Pamela Young says:

      Yes, I recall – and I agree! I found a new part of Canada to love for sure.


  2. jwswift22 says:

    Cousin Pam, that trip looks absolutely amazing!!
    Whitehorse, Yukon is on my bucket list.
    I love how you displayed the art and the People in your photos. So much is said in artwork and the faces of the people. Bring on the pancakes too!!


    1. Pamela Young says:

      Thanks, Joey. By all means, get thee to the Yukon! Whitehorse has a lovely vibe- big enough to have interesting shops and restaurants but small enough to have a community feel. I loved Dawson City too!


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