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Michael Gates

Photo: Mike Thomas 2018

Michael was born and raised in Alberta, where he  received a B.A. in Archaeology in 1970. He later earned an M.A. in History Museum Studies from  the State University of New York in 1988. He was curator of collections for Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City, Yukon, from 1977 to 2000. In 2007, he began the popular  History Hunter colukmn in the Yukon News. Nearly 600 have been published to date. He is  the author (and co-author in one instance) of six books on Yukon History.

He has spoken widely in Canada , the United States and Europe, and has  produced "history nuggets " for CKRW radion in Whitehorse. He has published articles in a number of northern publications, including Up Here, Yukon North of Ordinary, Whatsupyukon, and The Northern Review. He has contributed to  the Canadian Encyclopedia and PBS.

In October, 202,  he was appointed the Yukon's first story laureate by Yukon Commissioner Angelique Bernard, and serves in that capacity from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022

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Gold at Fortymile Creek. UBC Press, 1994
History Hunting in the Yukon. Harbour, 2010
Dalton's Gold Rush Trail. Harbour, 2012
From the Klondike to Berlin. Harbour, 2017
The Yukon Fallen of World War I. Harbour, 2018
Dublin Gulch: A History of the Eagle Gold Mine. Harbour, 2020


Story Laureate of Yukon for Commissioner of Yukon, 2021-2022
Axiom Business Book Award (Silver Medal) for Corporate History for "Dublin Gulch: A History of the Eagle Gold Mine", 2020
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