The Legislature Speaks: Voices from the Yukon Archives vault: 1961-2001 website is a joint project of the Yukon Archives and the Yukon Legislative Assembly. It presents audio clips, biographies and photographs of members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, and its predecessor the Yukon Council, from the years 1961 to 2001.
This website started out initially as a pilot project to digitize some of the reel-to-reel recordings of the Yukon Legislative Assembly (YLA) held in the Yukon Archives as a way to determine the historical value and condition of recordings which date from 1961 to 2001. A summer student was hired to review the written debates, proceedings and Hansard to select interesting sound clips for each elected member and Commissioner from 1961 to 2001. This turned out to be more difficult than first imagined because in the early years the session discussions were summarized by the Clerk and not verbatim. This meant that the written record was not identical to what we would find on the audio tapes. Also, unfortunately, due to gaps in the audio tape holdings, we could not always locate a sound clip for every member of the YLA. In these cases a sound clip was used, with permission, from the audio holdings of CBC Yukon held at the Yukon Archives. In a few cases, no sound clips were found at all.
The photographs of the members came from the holdings of the Yukon Archives and the Yukon Government Photography Unit. In some cases the only image we could locate of certain members was to select their head and shoulders from a group photograph. If you have a better photograph of any of the members in this website, we would be happy to replace the one mounted here. Please contact the Yukon Archives at the email address listed below.
The biographical summaries about the members were taken from the recently published history of the Yukon Legislative Assembly by Linda Johnson entitled, With the people who live here: the history of the Yukon Legislature, 1909 – 1961.
This virtual exhibit may be used solely for the purpose of research or private study, and must not be used for any other purposes without the authorization of the copyright owner, the Yukon Archives, Government of Yukon. ©Yukon Government
There are 18 sound clips from CBC Yukon and they are provided solely for the purpose of research or private study, and must not be used for any other purposes without the authorization of the copyright owner, the CBC. ©Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Ian Burnett, Lesley Buchan, Tim Kinvig, Patrick Michael, Floyd McCormick, Helen Fitzsimmons, Speaker Ted Staffen
Andrea Shillolo (summer student 2009); Lesley Buchan (2008–2011); Daintry Chapple (2010-2011); Linda Johnson (2009-2011)
Anne Coates, Lesley Buchan and Daintry Chapple
Photographs: Mario Villeneuve and Marten Berkman
Sound Recordings: Tim Kinvig
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