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Yukon Rivers Collection (3)


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Good Earth Rivers
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2001-2003
Available in French: No

YUKON RIVER: It is the fourth longest river in North America, 3200 kilometres from its headwaters in Northern BC to its outlet in the Bering Sea. We will follow the river from its glacial beginnings in British Columbia, through Whitehorse and the wild Miles Canyon, and meet a family that lives on Lake Laberge. From the Heritage-designated “Thirty Mile” to the legend-filled environs of Dawson City, the Yukon River has had a profound influence on the area's history, and continues to influence the lives of the Han people who gather in Moosehide to celebrate their cultural roots.

SNAKE RIVER: The Snake River runs through the heart of the largest “unroaded” wilderness south of the Arctic Circle. It is a journey of incredible beauty through the mountains of the Peel Watershed on the east-side of the Yukon Territory. Dallís sheep, caribou and grizzly bears roam the land while golden eagles and peregrine falcons soar the skies. A group of conservationists gathered together for a river trip to rally support for the conservation of the watershed and and to experience the Snake wilderness for the first time. The Tetlit Gwichin people have a heritage of hunting, fishing, and trapping in the watershed, and their cultural history is strongly linked to its waterways.

SLAVE RIVER: For 200 years the tumultuous Slave River played a major role in the transport of people and goods to the North. The 434-kilometre long Slave River connects the drainages of Lake Athabasca and the Peace River to Great Slave Lake. Its 30 kilometre stretch of rapids were the only major obstacle along this gateway north and resulted in the creation of the Fitz-Smith portage. The towns of Fort Smith and Fort Fitzgerald grew at either end of the rapids as the demand for labour on the portages increased. The islands in the middle of the tumultuous Slave River rapids are also home to the most northern colony of white pelicans in the world.