Accommodations & Yukon Info
NOTE: Delegates are encouraged to arrive in Yukon in time for the conference opening in the early evening of June 22nd and leave on or after June 29th in order to enjoy all aspects of the conference program, and to take advantage of the bus travel (included in the conference fee) from our final destination community back to Whitehorse on the evening of June 28th.
CONFERENCE ACCOMMODATIONS – please book as soon as possible to ensure you get a room
Both Whitehorse and Dawson City are extremely busy during the summer tourism season. Conference organizers have block booked and negotiated group rates for its conference participants.
It is CRITICAL that you book your room by April 15, 2018 (at the very latest) as we anticipate that the hotels will release our block of rooms back to the general public on this date. If you do not book your rooms before that date, you may not be able to get a room. Hotels typically have a 48 hour cancellation policy – so we encourage you to book your room, even if you still need to confirm a few details regarding your participation.
Accommodations in Whitehorse
The conference begins with a reception evening of June 22, and we depart Whitehorse by coach for Dawson City on June 25, 2018. You are encouraged to book a room for the night of June 28 in Whitehorse. We will return to Whitehorse on this day from Dawson City by coach arriving in Whitehorse at some point in the evening. We cannot guarantee our arrival time but we anticipate it will be sometime after 18:30.
Coach pick up will occur at the two hotels that have been block booked for the conference. Transport is required to and from the conference site at Yukon College (about 5 kms away from downtown Whitehorse).
Option A: Yukon Inn
Group code: IPTRN
Toll free: 1-800-661-0454
Rate: $119.00 plus 5% GST per night
Breakfast is not included
Option B: Canada’s Best Value Inn River View Hotel
Toll Free: 1-866-949-7800
Block Booking Reference Number June 21-25: 37510
Block Booking Reference Number June 28: 39034
Rate: $116.10 plus 5% GST per night
Breakfast not included
Places to eat in Whitehorse: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurants-g155045-Yukon.html
For breakfast: Yukon Inn and River View both have restaurants attached to the hotel. Also try Baked, Burnt Toast and The Claim Café (close to Riverview) and Rickie’s (close to Yukon Inn).
More information is available on the Travel Yukon website: https://www.travelyukon.com/en/plan/operators?params=dining,whitehorse-region,whitehorse&type=list
Accommodations in Dawson City
We will arrive by coach in Dawson City on June 25 and depart back to Whitehorse on June 28, 2018.
Triple J Hotel and Cabins
Clearly indicate you are with the “polar tourism” group.
NOTE: TRIPLE J’S HOTEL REQUIRES THAT YOUR RESERVATIONS BE MADE BY EMAIL (It is not possible to use their online booking system for our conference reservations).
Rate: $125 plus 5% GST per night. Room rate includes breakfast and gratuity for one person. Additional cost for second breakfast will be charged if double occupancy, except for double-occupancy students (this is the student discount).
For information on the hotel, and NOT for making a reservation: http://triplejhotel.com/
GETTING TO YUKON
Visit the official Travel Yukon website to plan your trip to the Yukon – “Getting Here”: https://www.travelyukon.com/en/plan/getting-here
- Getting to the Yukon: http://www.travelyukon.com/basic-page/getting-here-air
- Travel information: www.travelyukon.ca
- Whitehorse “The Wilderness City”: http://whitehorse.ca/about-whitehorse
- About Yukon communities: http://www.yukoncommunities.yk.ca
- About Yukon First Nations: https://cyfn.ca/nations
- Adäka First Nations Cultural Festival (Whitehorse): http://www.adakafestival.ca
-see also “Journeys to Adäka” documentary movie trailer – Sagafish Media: https://vimeo.com/217345878
- About Yukon First Nations self-governance: http://mappingtheway.ca
- About Yukon First Nations tourism: http://yfnct.ca
General information – History, facts, etc.: https://www.travelyukon.com/en/discover/about-yukon
Get to know Yukon communities: http://www.yukoncommunities.yk.ca/
Whitehorse “The Wilderness City”: http://whitehorse.ca/about-whitehorse
Dawson City: https://dawsoncity.ca/
Yukon Stories – Short Video Clips about Yukoners and their Yukon: https://www.travelyukon.com/en/discover/yukon-stories
Tourism Yukon information: www.travelyukon.ca
VOLUNTEER AT ADÄKA CULTURAL FESTIVAL!
The 6th IPTRN will end just in time for conference participants to attend the one-week long internationally recognized indigenous festival the Adäka Cultural festival in Whitehorse, June 29-July 5, 2018. For more information, go to: http://www.adakafestival.ca/ and facebook.com/adakafestival/
Interested in getting an “insider experience” of the festival and Yukon First Nations? Through a partnership with the Adäka festival organizers (the Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association – YFNCT), IPTRN encourages opportunities for conference participants to volunteer at the Adäka festival. There may also be billeting opportunities with locals in Whitehorse during the volunteer commitment period – contact the festival organizers for more details.
Interested? Email Adäka organizers and find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please clearly indicate that you are with the “Polar Tourism Conference” group.
FIRST NATION 101 ON LINE INTRODUCTION COURSE - 10% DISCOUNT TO IPTRN DELEGATES
Take the Yukon First Nation 101 On-Line Introduction to Yukon’s Indigenous Peoples Course – $89.99 + 5% GST but with 10% discount to IPTRN conference delegates – 80.99 + 5% GST = $85.04 (CDN)
Format: A six-hour, self-paced on-line course - to be taken prior to your arrival in Yukon (so prior to June 21, 2018)
Description: Yukon First Nations 101 was designed to educate people about the culture and history of the First Nations Peoples of the Yukon, the cultural values shared among Yukon First Nations today, and how to communicate respectfully with First Nations individuals and communities. This is a self-paced course developed in partnership between the Northern Institute for Social Justice, Yukon College, and the Council of Yukon First Nations, and has been vetted by the 14 Yukon First Nations.
Please refer to the attached FN 101 Information Sheet (.pdf).
TO REGISTER AND PAY FOR THE COURSE:
Download the FN 101 Registration form on this page and submit to Yukon College Admissions Department by email at email@example.com
To receive the discounted rate, please clearly indicate that you are part of the “Polar Tourism Group”.
For payment processing, please contact the Yukon College Admissions Department at: 867-668-8710 OR Toll free in Canada: 1-800-661-0504.
The deadline to complete the course is August 31, 2018. However, we strongly encourage you to complete the course by June 20, 2018.
Please remember to provide your email address on the form. A short survey will be sent to you after the conference to assess if the course was beneficial to your overall experience in the Yukon.
MORE WAYS TO LEARN ABOUT YUKON FIRST NATIONS
· Access the resources available from Mapping the Way: http://mappingtheway.ca/
Mapping the Way is public education campaign aimed at raising awareness and understanding of the Yukon Final and Self-Government Agreements. The initiative is a partnership between the 11 Self-Governing Yukon First Nations, the Council of Yukon First Nations, and the governments of Yukon and Canada.
· Consult the Journey to Yukon First Nations Self-Government Infographic Timeline
· Listen to Mapping the Way podcasts:
· Watch these short video clips to learn more about Yukon First Nations Self-Government:
Mapping the Way: Yukon First Nation Self-Government: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB11J3KAfcQ
Setting Our Course: Yukon First Nations Self-Government: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0e3ea0wmc30