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Yukon (/ˈjuːkɒn/ (About this soundlisten); French: [jykɔ̃]; also commonly called the Yukon) is the smallest and westernmost of Canada's three federal territories (the other two are the Northwest Territories and Nunavut). It has the smallest population of any province or territory in Canada, with 35,874 people, although it has the largest city in any of the three territories. Whitehorse is the territorial capital and Yukon's only city.

Yukon was split from the Northwest Territories in 1898 and was originally named the Yukon Territory. The federal government's Yukon Act, which received royal assent on March 27, 2002, established Yukon as the territory's official name, though Yukon Territory is also still popular in usage and Canada Post continues to use the territory's internationally approved postal abbreviation of YT. Though officially bilingual (English and French), the Yukon government also recognizes First Nations languages.

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The Tlingit or Tlinkit (/ˈklɪŋkɪt/ or /ˈtlɪŋɡɪt/) are an Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Their name for themselves is Lingít, meaning "human beings" (Athabaskan pronunciation: [ɬɪŋkɪt]). The Russian name Koloshi (Колюжи) (from an Alutiiq term for the labret) or the related German name Koulischen may be encountered in older historical literature, such as Shelikov's 1796 map of Russian America.

The Tlingit are a matrilineal society that developed a complex hunter-gatherer culture in the temperate rainforest of the southeast Alaska coast and the Alexander Archipelago. An inland subgroup, known as the Inland Tlingit, inhabits the far northwestern part of the province of British Columbia and the southern Yukon Territory of Canada.

The Tlingit language (pronounced /ˈklɪŋkɪt/ in English, Lingít IPA: [ɬɪŋkɪ́t] in Tlingit) is spoken by the Tlingit people of Southeast Alaska and Western Canada. It is a branch of the Na-Dené language family. It is well known not only for its complex grammar and sound system, but also for using certain phonemes which are not heard in almost any other language.


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Shaaw Tláa, also known as Kate Carmack (c. 1862 – 29 March 1920) was a Tagish First Nation woman born near Bennett Lake. She lived with her parents, and seven sisters and brothers, near Carcross, Yukon. Her father, Kaachgaawáa, was the head of the Tlingit crow clan, while her mother, Gus’dutéen, was a member of the Tagish wolf clan. Her name in Tlingit means "gumboot mother".

Kate was fishing for salmon on the Klondike River in August 1896, when a party led by her brother came looking for her. The party then discovered gold in Rabbit Creek (later renamed Bonanza Creek), setting in motion the Klondike Gold Rush.


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Wintery sunrise (and sunset) at 3PM in January over Marsh Lake, Yukon.


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