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It's THE Yukon, thank you


Dateline: January 10, 2024.

    The Yukon Territory was commonly called "the Yukon" from its earliest days. In 2003, following the amendment of the Yukon Act (S.C. 2002, c. 7) in March 2002, the Yukon Government started the use of just "Yukon" to follow the language of the Act: "Whereas Yukon is a territory...", etc.

    That term was not well received by many Yukoners, and after being a common topic of often-heated discussion, The Yukon NDP party made it an election issue with the statement on March 12, 2021: "Once and for all: It's THE Yukon", the significant paragraph saying "It's time for the government to catch up, and Kate White announced today that if elected, she'll put The back in The Yukon in all government communication, signage, and style guides."

Yukon NDP: Once and for all: It's THE Yukon

    The NDP was successful in getting the Yukon Government to reverse their name policy, and the change was announced on August 6, 2021. The new policy, though, has two parts: "the Yukon" is to be used in normal communication internally and with the public; "Yukon" is to be used formally. The 2 applicable sections of The Government of Yukon Style Guide now state:

    CBC, The Whitehorse Star, and the Yukon News all, of course, published articles about the policy change: