Whitehorse Yukon

Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

About My City: Whitehorse

Yukon is the size of California with the population of one square kilometre in Manhattan, approximately 38,000 people. In 2011, 77 per cent of the population lived in the territory’s capital, Whitehorse, with only 23 per cent living elsewhere in the territory. Whitehorse derives its name from the way the rapids of the adjacent Yukon River resemble a horse’s mane. Located in the traditional territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Whitehorse is the transportation, business and service centre for the territory.

About My Organization:

The Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition (YAPC) was formed in 1996. We are committed to facilitating the elimination of poverty in Yukon through awareness, advocacy and action. We currently have over 450 members including individuals, politicians, non-governmental agencies, and representatives from the business and faith community.

My Collaborative: Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition

YAPC is led by three volunteer co-Chairs who are elected at our annual general meeting. These individuals share the responsibility of chairing meetings, engaging with community and representing YAPC members’ voices on poverty related issues. Yukon Government Department of Health and Social Services provides an annual contribution of $62,000 for administrative support to YAPC. The rest of our funding is proposal based — in the past we have received funding from the Health Investment Fund, the Public Service Alliance Social Justice Fund, the Community Development Fund, the NGO Trust Fund, the United Way and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. We have also received longer term project funding from the YG department of Health and Social Services and Yukon Housing Corporation. We also rely on donations from members as well as in-kind support from businesses, service providers and other giving members of the community.