The North and the First World War

On August 4, 1914, Canada entered into the First World War as part of the British Empire. The war that “would be over by Christmas” continued for another four years, and would eventually claim the lives of over 60,000 Canadians.


YHMA has brought together resources to help Yukoners and others learn more about the First World War and its impact on Northern communities. Click here for more information.


The world ‘discovery’ has often been used to describe the history of Canada’s North, yet it seems little is known of this time period which brought isolated Northern communities onto a world stage unified with the nation. The North and the First World War Conference, held May 9-12, 2016, allowed participants to make a connection to Northern heritage as they discovered the inspiring untold stories of resilience and strength that continue to define Northerners today.

The North and First World War Conference was co-sponsored by the YHMA and the University of Saskatchewan (International Centre for Northern Governance and Development), in partnership with Yukon College. 

Click here for a collection of papers presented at the conference, published as Issue 44 of Yukon College’s peer reviewed journal, The Northern Review.