The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) will welcome five individuals in January who have made lasting contributions to Canada’s mining industry: Kate Carmack (joining the Klondike Discoverers), James Franklin, James Gill, Sandy Laird and Brian Meikle. Kate Carmack will join the Klondike Discoverers. The Canadian Mining Hall of Fame inducted the Klondike Discoverers as a group in 1999. These men — George Carmack, Robert Henderson, Skookum Jim Mason and Dawson Charlie — have historically been credited with the discovery that set off one of the world’s greatest gold rushes. As an indigenous woman, her traditional knowledge and skills allowed her and the others to live off the land in the Forty-Mile and Stewart River areas during their years of prospecting. Oral histories shared among local Indigenous communities suggest that Kate herself found the first nugget of gold.
(Img. Kate Carmack)