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Yukon - Statistics & Facts

Yukon is one of Canada’s three territories, named after the Yukon River, the longest river in the territory. It is the least populated territory, with a population of 42,986 people, and is also the westernmost territory. Yukon is bordered by the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, and U.S. state Alaska. The major difference between a Canadian province and territory is that provinces get their power and authority from the Constitution Act of 1867, while territories get their power appointed to them by the Parliament of Canada. Yukon is one of Canada’s officially bilingual territories but also recognizes First Nations languages. About 20 percent of the population is of Aboriginal origin, and its capital is Whitehorse, where a majority of the population lives.

Yukon's economy

Mining plays a vital role in Yukon’s economy, but it was the public administration industry that brought in the most revenue, and the real estate, rental, and leasing industry that had the highest labor productivity in 2020. Mining investments in exploration and development in Yukon have significantly increased over the past few years. The discovery of white gold in 2003 in the territory prompted an exploration pursuit that has given fruitful results. Consequently, minerals such as copper, lead, and zinc have been actively mined in the territory. Furthermore, Yukon’s active mining industry has contributed to Yukon having the lowest unemployment rate in Canada.

Culture and history

Yukon’s culture is highly characterized by its large Aboriginal population, as organizations strive to maintain and develop indigenous education, language, and Aboriginal rights. One of the most important cultural aspects of the territory is the legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush (which took place between 1897 and 1899), and which inspired many contemporary writers of the time, such as Jack London, Robert W. Service, or Jules Verne, and which continues to inspire popular culture.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 29 most important statistics relating to "Yukon".


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