“I represent my people with my actions, my words, how I show up in the world. [My beading] is a direct representation of my people.”

Adanchilla Pauls Lepine

Beading Artist

"I have a great passion for our natural landscapes and the wild creatures that inhabit them. My goal in sharing my experiences and images is to inspire and encourage folks to get outside, explore, adventure and expand our appreciation of our planet."

Peter Mather

Wildlife Photographer

“I use [materials] according to the teachings my mom and nanuk (grandmother) gave me. To respect and be grateful for all living beings. We do not waste, talk bad, or plan the harvest loudly or boastfully.”

Some northern phenomena are so ubiquitous, it feels like they’re just part of the air up here. But when you stop to think about their origins, you realize you don’t know the full story. Hopefully this issue sheds some light on a few of them for you.

Amy Kenny

YNoO Editor-in-Chief

"They call it the Spell of the Yukon, and I just think that is exactly what it is…. We think of [the] Yukon as a pristine, beautiful, welcoming oasis and it is. You have to have a strong character, and I find the people here are so welcoming. They didn’t even bat an eye about me coming out of the broom closet one bit."

Nancy Bliss

Good Witch of Tagish

Patty Schramm is the Goldie Award-winning co-editor of Blue Collar Lesbian Erotica. She lives in Europe with her wife, Sandra, and their cats. In her Romance in the Yukon series, she used her poetic license to envision the Pot of Gold lesbian bar.

Patty Schramm

Romance Novelist

K.A. Tucker lives outside Toronto and is the international bestselling author of several romance series, including the northern-themed four-part The Simple Wild. Her books have been featured in USA Today, The Globe and Mail, and Oprah Mag.

K.A. Tucker

Romance Novelist

Barbara Dunlop is a Yukoner and ​​​​New York Times bestselling author. She has written 70 romance novels, including a series based in the fictitious community of Paradise, Alaska. She lives with her bush-pilot husband. Her neighbours include the moose and bears that wander through her yard.

Barbara Dunlup

Romance Novelist

“All my work is about stories. They’re just little reminders of the fact we’re not the only ones here. [My work] will be around hundreds of years after me.”

Sandra Storey


My first winter there, I'd never even seen a blizzard before

Cathy Brais

Yukon Highway Foreperson—Dempster Highway

Canadian people across this country know what residential school did to us. It is a known fact now. They know it. And here we are—in 2023 at the time—buying back one of our own artifacts.

Yaan dekín Yéil (Wayne Carlick)

Taku River Tlingit Master Carver and Cultural Centre Coordinator

"When moving to Canada from Germany, it wasn't the intention to live off-grid in the middle of the woods, but I fell in love with the property and that was that."

Manu Keggenhoff

NoO Creative Director / Photographer

"In a large territory with a relatively small population, it means there’s a greater possibility for people working things out together—people from different backgrounds, people with different views and perspectives, and from different political stripes."

Patti Flather

Author and playwright

"This ice core from Mount Logan is an opportunity for investigating climate change and variability in atmospheric composition in the North Pacific and Gulf of Alaska."

Alison Criscitiello

National Geographic Explorer and director of the Canadian Ice Core Lab at the University of Alberta

“For [First Nation people] it’s nothing at all. They tell me, ‘What’s new? They’ve been there forever. We know they’re there.’”

Red Grossinger

Author of "Nahganne: Tales of the Northern Sasquatch"

“If you grew up in Southern Alberta, you got inundated with dinosaurs.… I kind of want Yukon to be a little bit more like that with woolly mammoths. People who live in the Yukon, I want them to know that where they live is absolutely spectacular.”

Grant Zazula

Yukon Fossil and Artifact Library

YNoO Thank You, People. It’s been a privilege working with all the writers, photographers, and illustrators whose words, images, and designs have brought stories from all corners of the Yukon to readers from all corners of the globe. It’s with mixed feelings that I write my last editor’s note after three years of managing this publication.

Karen McColl

YNoO Editor-in-Chief

“I would say anybody who can deal with a dead battery in the middle of January, shovels their driveway by hand, can make a tender moose-rib dinner, and can manoeuvre a canoe across an eddy like a valet is a real Yukoner.”
Yukon Questionaire

Laura Cabott

Mayor, City of Whitehorse