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WHITEHORSE – On Wednesday, the Yukon Legislative Assembly debated a Yukon Party Official Opposition motion directing the Yukon government to help Yukon communities celebrate the 125th anniversary of the territory joining Confederation in 1898.
The motion brought forward by Porter Creek North MLA Geraldine Van Bibber, reads:
That this House urges the Government of Yukon to work with Yukon communities to assist with marking Yukon’s 125th anniversary with celebrations in 2023.
The motion passed unanimously.
“I am pleased to see the motion pass with support from all MLAs,” said Tourism and Culture Critic Geraldine Van Bibber. “After a bleak few years of shutdowns, road checks, social distancing and wearing of masks, we are in the mood for a celebration. 125 candles, 125 balloons, 125 whatever, the imagination can run wild with ideas to create a simple celebration and it does not have to be costly.”
During debate, Van Bibber brought up the state of signage around the territory. Van Bibber said she has witnessed paint chipping, leaning signs and outdated information. She suggested the large entrance signs coming into the territory could use a face-lift. Van Bibber said perhaps this is the year to conduct immediate repairs to the signs, so our visitors and locals can see pride in the place Yukoners call home.
The Yukon Party is also happy to see the Liberal government take our suggestion and create a fund for Yukon communities to create locally driven initiatives and celebrate this milestone.
“It is time to laugh and sing happy birthday, Yukon.” Van Bibber added.