Teslin, Yukon

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Teslin at dusk

The community of Teslin includes the Village of Teslin and an adjacent Indian reserve (Teslin Post Indian Reserve 13) in the Yukon, Canada. Teslin is situated at historical Mile 804 on the Alaska Highway along Teslin Lake.[1] The Hudson's Bay Company established a small trading post at Teslin in 1903 (i.e. Teslin Post). In the 2011 census, the population of the village was 122, a decrease of 13.5% from the 2006 census, and that of the reserve was 138, a decrease of 11.5% from 2006.[2]

Teslin is home to the Teslin Inland Tlingit First Nation. The name Teslin came from a Tlingit word "Teslintoo." Teslin has one of the largest Native populations in Yukon and much of the community's livelihood revolves around traditional hunting, trapping and fishing.

In 1995 the Teslin Inland Tlingits became their own government and self-sustaining.[3] This in turn allows the Teslin Inland Tlingits to enact their own legal and political frame work for its government-to-government relations with Canada and the Yukon. The Teslin Tlingit Council have the right to make their own laws and regulations.

There are many different department within Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC). For example: Finance, Lands and Resources, Health and Social.[3]

Teslin is made up of two moieties; Wolf and Crow. Under the moiety of Wolf there are two clans; Eagle (Dakhl'awedi') and Wolf (Yanyedi). The Crow moiety have three clans; Raven's Children (Kukhhittan), Frog (Ishkitan) and Split tail Beaver (Deshitan).[3]

Gallery[edit]

Terminal, Teslin Airport 
Runway 08 
Teslin Airport 

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Teslin Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 8.8 10.3 12.2 19.4 28.4 35.1 33.9 32.2 26.6 17.8 10.6 8.0 35.1
Record high °C (°F) 7.8
(46)
11.0
(51.8)
13.0
(55.4)
22.0
(71.6)
29.0
(84.2)
33.3
(91.9)
31.1
(88)
32.5
(90.5)
26.1
(79)
18.3
(64.9)
10.0
(50)
9.0
(48.2)
33.3
(91.9)
Average high °C (°F) −12.6
(9.3)
−7.7
(18.1)
−0.2
(31.6)
7.0
(44.6)
13.6
(56.5)
18.8
(65.8)
20.2
(68.4)
18.6
(65.5)
12.6
(54.7)
4.3
(39.7)
−6.2
(20.8)
−8.9
(16)
5.0
(41)
Daily mean °C (°F) −17.1
(1.2)
−13.6
(7.5)
−6.5
(20.3)
0.7
(33.3)
6.9
(44.4)
11.9
(53.4)
14.1
(57.4)
12.2
(54)
7.3
(45.1)
0.4
(32.7)
−10.2
(13.6)
−13.4
(7.9)
−0.6
(30.9)
Average low °C (°F) −21.5
(−6.7)
−19.5
(−3.1)
−12.8
(9)
−5.6
(21.9)
0.1
(32.2)
4.9
(40.8)
7.9
(46.2)
5.8
(42.4)
1.9
(35.4)
−3.6
(25.5)
−14.2
(6.4)
−17.8
(0)
−6.2
(20.8)
Record low °C (°F) −52.8
(−63)
−50.6
(−59.1)
−41.1
(−42)
−27.8
(−18)
−23.9
(−11)
−4.0
(24.8)
−1.7
(28.9)
−4.0
(24.8)
−20.0
(−4)
−25.0
(−13)
−40.6
(−41.1)
−48.0
(−54.4)
−52.8
(−63)
Wind chill −60.4 −53.4 −49.3 −31.2 −13.4 −4.2 −2.0 −5.0 −13.0 −33.2 −51.1 −59.3 −60.4
Precipitation mm (inches) 26.5
(1.043)
16.1
(0.634)
14.2
(0.559)
9.4
(0.37)
24.0
(0.945)
30.7
(1.209)
44.2
(1.74)
41.4
(1.63)
48.7
(1.917)
38.5
(1.516)
27.4
(1.079)
25.2
(0.992)
346.3
(13.634)
Rainfall mm (inches) 0.2
(0.008)
0.1
(0.004)
0.2
(0.008)
3.8
(0.15)
22.6
(0.89)
30.7
(1.209)
44.2
(1.74)
41.4
(1.63)
46.9
(1.846)
17.9
(0.705)
1.2
(0.047)
0.2
(0.008)
209.5
(8.248)
Snowfall cm (inches) 29.2
(11.5)
18.3
(7.2)
14.9
(5.87)
5.9
(2.32)
1.4
(0.55)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
1.9
(0.75)
22.0
(8.66)
27.6
(10.87)
27.0
(10.63)
148.4
(58.43)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 10.8 7.9 7.4 5.2 10.3 12.2 14.8 14.8 15.8 15.0 13.9 12.2 140.5
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.2 0.2 0.3 2.1 9.8 12.2 14.8 14.8 15.4 8.2 0.4 0.4 78.9
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 10.9 7.8 7.0 3.4 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.1 8.3 13.6 11.9 65.0
 % humidity 78.2 74.6 65.5 50.7 41.9 42.9 49.6 51.2 59.1 68.7 79.0 79.1 61.7
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[4]

George Johnston[edit]

A Tlingit Indian, George Johnston (1884–1972) was an innovative individual, known for his trapping as well as his photography. With his camera, he captured the life of the inland Tlingit people of Teslin and Atlin between 1910 and 1940. Johnston also brought the first car, a 1928 Chevrolet, to Teslin. Since the Alaska Highway has not been built yet, George built a 3 to 5 mi (4.8 to 8.0 km) road for his "Teslin taxi." In winter, he put chains on the car, painted it white, and drove it on frozen Teslin Lake. The '28 Chevy has been restored and is now on permanent display at the George Johnston Museum.[5][6][7][8]

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Coordinates: 60°10′02″N 132°43′18″W / 60.16722°N 132.72167°W / 60.16722; -132.72167