Community Develop Fund doles out over $800,000 to 25 different projects

Organizations are grateful for cash for upgrades, including new swim equipment and kitchen spaces

First Nations, towns, and sport associations are among the organizations that will receive project funding from the Yukon government’s first and second tier of the Community Development Fund.

In total, 25 different community projects will receive a total of $815,597 from the fund. The recipients announced on Aug. 19 submitted their proposals last spring.

“The Community Development Fund is an important resource for many organizations in contributing to healthy, vibrant and sustainable Yukon communities,” said Economic Development Minister Ranj Pillai in a statement.

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Yukoners discover local hikes –

“Everybody’s just getting outside”

Scenic views, narrow trails — sometimes along steep ridges — and selfies showing smiling faces amid vast wilderness.

More of these images appear to be popping up on the social media feeds of Yukoners as they take to trails near their home in a season where organized summer activities have been cancelled and vacationing outside the territory is not a possibility until at least July when the border with British Columbia may open up.


Film tells story of Aboriginal youth who helped build Yukon bike trails

Kelly Milner’s ‘Shift’ tells story of aboriginal youth who built Carcross’s renowned biking trails

By Paul Tukker, CBC News Posted: Sep 25, 2016 8:00 AM CT Last Updated: Sep 25, 2016 9:20 AM CT

'Everytime people watch this film, they say, 'It’s just so beautifully shot,'' Milner said, giving credit to director of photography Dave Hamelin.

‘Everytime people watch this film, they say, ‘It’s just so beautifully shot,” Milner said, giving credit to director of photography Dave Hamelin. (Shot in the Dark) Related Stories

Yukoner Kelly Milner is still gobsmacked by the news this week — her short documentary film, the first she’s ever made, will be screened at a high-profile festival this fall and may end up touring the world.

“I’m still not sure that I’ve come down from it, in terms of realizing what we’ve been able to achieve with the film, and the story,” she said.

“It kind of seems like a dream.”

The film, Shift, tells the story of a group of Aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon, who spent years helping build what have become world-renowned mountain biking trails. So renowned, in fact, that they’ll be visited next week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 ‘It kind of seems like a dream,’ says Kelly Milner, a Yukon filmmaker, whose first film is heading to the Banff Mountain Film Festival next month. (Archbould Photography/Shot in the Dark)