Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Longtime Yukon Commissioner James Smith Dies at the Age of 97

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Longtime Yukon Commissioner James Smith Dies at the Age of 97

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Former Yukon commissioner dies at 97

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WHITEHORSE - A man who was instrumental in the development of Yukon has died at the age of 97.

James Smith served as Yukon commissioner from 1966 to 1976.

He was one of Yukon's longest-serving commissioners and also one of the last to have day-to-day involvement in the government of the territory.

Under Smith's leadership, the name of the Yukon territorial council was changed to the Yukon legislative assembly, Kluane National Park and Reserve was created, and the Chilkoot Trail was declared a national historic site.

After moving to Yukon from New Westminster, B.C., Smith served as president of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and also held civic and territorial offices before his appointment as commissioner. …

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