This will be the seventh time that Whitehorse has hosted the Arctic Winter Games, and Team Yukon has participated in every Games since their inception in 1970.
Canada’s north-western most area, the Yukon has area history that hints at its vast mineral wealth. Mining has been the leading economic activity in the region since its formation with the Goldrush, and through resource development emphasis has shifted from gold to industrial minerals such as lead and zinc. Gold is still being discovered in large quantities in the territory.
Stretching from the St. Elias Range, which forms the Yukon border with Alaska and British Columbia, the Yukon extends to the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort Sea. Included within this area is the famous Klondike, home of the last great Northern American gold rush in 1898. About 20% of Yukon’s population is of Aboriginal descent and about 70% of the population resides in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon.
The Yukon’s flag has vertical bars of green, white and blue. In the middle white section above a wreath of fireweed is the Yukon’s coat of arms. The team colors are black, red and white.