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Message from the Office

Members' Luncheon Meeting


News Worthy


Fair Exchange Rate

Chamber of Commerce

Membership renewals are coming up! A package for membership and business award nominations has been sent out in the mail. Membership and nominations are due September 25, 2015. 
You will also notice that there are 3 Yes/No questions on the renewal portion. We value your privacy and understand that you may receive numerous e-mails a day. If you prefer not to receive e-mails from the Chamber, let us know. Further, for ease and to reduce paperwork, we are offering to send invoices in coming years for membership renewal.
The Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Yukon Chamber of Commerce. You can now become a Yukon Chamber of Commerce Member. This option is entirely voluntary at no extra cost from the current DCCC membership fee. The intent of becoming a YCC member is to strengthen the Yukon business voice. YCC is more effective if it can represent a greater number of businesses instead of being an umbrella organization. It will also allow you to vote on or take up matters with YCC directly.   

You can also access the membership renewal and nomination form on our website:

Members' Luncheon Meeting

Please join us and KVA on September 23rd from 11:00am to 1:00pm for a tourism Round-up. Location to be determined.  

All members are encouraged and welcome to attend these monthly meetings. For more information on upcoming presentations contact the office by phone: 993-5274 or by email: 


5 Minutes for Business

The TPP is a proposed trade agreement between several Pacific Rim countries, including Canada. The TPP seeks to lower trade barriers, establish a common framework for intellectual property, enforce standards for labour law and environmental law, and establish an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism. The Peterson Institute for International Economics estimates that by 2025, the TPP could boost Canadian incomes by an additional $10 billion per year and raise global incomes by $295 billion per year. The full article looks at the benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership and can be found here. 

Premier sets direction to ministers to end of term

Premier Darrel Pasloski has issued new mandate letters to his ministers and departments that set out a long-term vision for Yukon's future. The full article can be found here.

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Regional Economic Development Plan finalized

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in and the Government of Yukon are pleased to announce the finalization of the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Traditional Territory Regional Economic Development Plan following a signing ceremony in Dawson City. Full article here.

Odd Gallery: The Natural & The Manufactured

The Natural & The Manufactured is a unique thematic project jointly organized by the ODD Gallery and the Artist in Residence Program at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture. Conceived in 2005 as a speculative research and presentation forum, the N&M looks to the myriad ways in which we both influence and are influenced by our natural and constructed environments.

Project website and archive:

August 13 - September 18, 2015

Gallery Installation
In 1955, the Quaker Oats Company launched the Klondike Big Inch Land Co. promotion. Accompanying boxes of puffed cereal, consumers received elaborate and apparently official deeds to one square inch of land subdivided from a plot outside of Dawson City.
Slogans such as “Get Free Gold Rush Land Today!” were wildly successful in capturing children’s imaginations and encouraging cereal sales. 21 million deeds were drawn up and rapidly claimed in a strange echo of the earlier rush. More valuable than other cereal prizes, many of these deeds were saved through the years. However they were never intended to have any real property value. Quaker had considered the cost of so many land titles unfeasible, and none were ever registered. So the land was real land, but was never truly intended to exist anywhere except as an idea in the consumer's mind.

Revisiting this bizarre property and settlement microcosm, Murphy has collected some of these deeds and located each corresponding one-inch land parcel using survey plans and GPS. Using the physical deeds themselves as the material for tiny paper sculptures, he has built camps, homesteads, claims, and the various other built objects and environments of this second imaginary Gold Rush. Photographed on their respective lots, the scale of the resulting landscapes is confused, allowing the sculptures to become models for larger potential sites. The exhibited project is a complementary paradox: the imagined space of the deed finally made real by its location and documentation, and the real space of the land made imaginary- transformed into model, picture, and landscape.    

Off-site Installation
Colin Lyons'  large-scale installation, Time Machine for Abandoned Futures, will be installed at the top of the Midnight Dome. Built with plexiglas, aluminum, and chemicals, this shelter adopts a design similar to Earthship architecture, but rather than environmental sustainability as its guiding principle, this bubbling chemical structure comes closer to the absurd inefficiency of many of our modern industrial pursuits. Powering this machine is a massive, roof-top battery, in which etching plates and etching acid power an electrolytic cleaning process to remove the rust from scavenged artifacts. Once cleaned, Lyons meticulously etches the markings left by decades of rust and erosion, forming a kind of topographical map.  The result is a glistening surface that memorializes the artifact’s entire lifespan. 

Overlooking the dredge tailings, this machine presents a kind of prototype for the preservation of degradation. As it stands now, our most sincere attempts to preserve this era are often counterproductive, a further erasure or gentrifying of these objects and spaces, resulting in a kind of nostalgic industrial utopia. With this project, Lyons attempts to reintroduce the evidence of time, erosion and labour into the restoration process: the act of polishing bringing a sharpened awareness to the work that was once performed with these tools.

Lecture & Post Exhibition Text
This discussion will examine KIAC’s The Natural & The Manufactured projects over the past three years, with a focus on how participating artists have delimited the environment according to places that are rarely indicative of nature and almost always affected via artificial means.


Northern Exposure: Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Summer Concert Series

It's no secret that Yukon musicians are making their presence felt on the Canadian music map. The Klondike Institute of Art & Culture is celebrating sounds of the North with a summer-long concert series showcasing Yukon musicians, along with a few very special guests. Join us at the Odd Fellows’ Ballroom in Dawson City this summer for the following concerts:    

All concerts: $5 at the door / 7:30pm
All-ages, under 19 must be accompanied by an adult

Fri, Aug 28
Susu Robin
The Bryant Crooks
Craig Cardiff

This concert series is supported by: On Yukon Time

Canada Yukon Job Fund

A reminder that there is funding for employers to train employees. Follow the link for more information:

Upcoming Dawson Campus Programs

It's not too early to think about fall programs. To find the most current programs coming to Dawson Campus, click here.

Update on Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program 

As of December 1st, changes will be made to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program in the form of stiffer penalties for anyone who abuses the TFW program and will provide TFWs with more protection.  For more information on the TWF Program and new consequences for employers that break the rules, please click here


CBSA is planning to close the Little Gold Border Crossing for the season at the end of day September 20, 2015 (the day after Gertie's closing night). If you have any questions regarding the closing, please feel free to contact Trevor Baird of CBSA directly: 

There are hard copies of reports on the Yukon Electrical Energy and Capacity Need Forecast and part 2 of 2 of the Yukon Next Generation Hydro and Transmission Viability Study: Site Screening Inventory in the Chamber office. If you are interested in these reports, stop by the office to pick up a copy. You can also access part 1 and 2 of the Yukon Next Generation Hydro and Transmission Viability Study by following the links:


Opportunities North 2015
The Yukon Chamber of Commerce's Opportunities North 2015 conference is being held October 26-29 in Whitehorse at the Coast High Country Inn.  The conference will address current issues, speakers, and discussion on opportunities for doing business in Canada's North.  Please visit in the coming weeks as the full agenda is rolled out.  In the meantime, save the date! Yukon Chamber members delegate rate is $199, 2/3rds off the regular conference delegate rate of $599. 

The Fair Exchange rate as of the week of August 18, 2015 is: $1.25 for One U.S. Dollar.

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