This three-part series examines the impacts of a highly transient population in the North. Parts 1 and 2 considered the adverse effects on the Yukon’s labour market and dating culture, respectively. The following concluding piece broadens the scope of impact and considers the historical and cultural aspects of a transient population trend on the community as a whole.
The effects of transience on Northern community members, at least as they pertain to the labour market and interpersonal relationships, tend to be overwhelmingly negative. But what is commonly forgotten is that most modern Yukon communities are ones that were built as a result of highly transient Klondike miners in the late 19th Century. The historic flood of young, white, southern men and women to Dawson City forever changed the landscape of the Yukon society. Though some of the miners and entrepreneurs stayed to build a life and community in the Canadian North, the vast majority left after one or two years. Continue Reading