From mid-June to mid-July in 2017, a group of students from Carleton University in Ottawa came to Whitehorse on a journalism course entitled “Stories North“. The course focused on the theme of reconciliation. For one month, students went beyond the conventional classroom, spending time with long-time Northerners, Indigenous leaders, elders, and youths. They learned about the legacies and pain of residential schools and saw current social, cultural and political challenges facing Canada’s North and its people.

This website is two of the student’s, Liam Harrap and Michael Mackinnon’s final project.

Instead of being a conventional recipe, like chocolate cake, this website is a recipe for cooking in the Yukon and each blog post is an “ingredient”. At first glance, the Yukon may seem desolate and empty, however, that is far from the truth. If harvested and stored properly, the forests are a garden. Even around Whitehorse, there are cranberries, blueberries, soap berries, juniper berries and fireweed There are also many animals, such as moose and caribou that can be hunted and trapped.

However, it isn’t just the available food that sets cooking in the north apart. There are other important elements, such as a sense of community,  resilience, methods, and vision. Life in the Yukon is hard as the winters are long and cold. If you’re not careful, it’s possible to perish. This recipe is not only a suggestion on how to cook in the north but also a way to survive.