2015-09-16 / World News

Yukon Jewish history to be documented

Jews in Canada’s far North have received a government grant to document Jewish history in the Yukon.

The $55,000 grant from the Yukon territorial government will allow the Jewish Cultural Society of Yukon to research a small, Gold Rush-era Jewish cemetery in Dawson City and the influence wielded by the Jewish community there, CBC News reported.

The information will be used to create a mobile display that will travel across Canada, said Rick Karp, the society’s president.

“It’s going to travel everywhere and hopefully bring a lot more people up here, from a tourism perspective, into Yukon,” Karp told CBC. “It will point out to people that there was a Jewish influence in Canada beyond Montreal and Toronto and Winnipeg and the large cities.”

A Jewish cemetery containing the remains of seven unidentified people was discovered in Dawson City in 1998. It was rededicated in a ceremony conducted by a rabbi and attended by Canada’s deputy prime minister.

Canada’s 2001 census found 35 Jews in Yukon and 25 in the Northwest Territories. (JTA)

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