Industry - Yukon River Quest

Glenn Nolan and Maureen Hatherley

Maureen & Glenn May2016

“Skookum” Couple Race to Support Mining Matters

Mining Matters declares that Glenn Nolan and Maureen Hatherley are “skookum” people! Strong, impressive, excellent, good, powerful—all meanings for “skookum”—describe this couple as they dedicate a unique adventure to celebrating 2017—a banner year in Canadian, Yukon, and mining history—and to supporting Mining Matters. And they invite you along for the ride…at least in spirit!

Nolan and Hatherley will tackle the The Yukon River Quest, a marathon canoe and kayak race that challenges paddlers from around the world to test their endurance, racing 715 km miles, day and night, from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Passionate about mineral education, they ask members of the mineral industry to sponsor their race by donating to Mining Matters, supporting Earth science programs designed to teach Canadian students, teachers, and the public about the importance of Canada’s mineral resources.

The couple’s participation in the annual race, set to run June 28 to July 2, 2017, will celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, as well as 120 years since Dawson City sprang from the Yukon and Klondike River mud flats with the start of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Also, as the first Indigenous PDAC President and a former Chief of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, Glenn celebrates the memory of “Skookum” Jim Mason, the Indigenous prospector who, with his partners, first discovered gold in the Yukon in 1896. Skookum Jim used his gold rush fortune to help family and, to this day, his legacy works to improve health and education for Yukon’s Indigenous people.

Glenn follows his lead, saying, “We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Nation than to bring together those things we love—canoeing a physically challenging event, honouring the significant role Indigenous people play in mining in Canada, and promoting education about the importance of mining. Raising funds to support Mining Matters is a small way Maureen and I can give back to an industry that has done so much for so many.”

We wish Glenn and Maureen all good fortune in their amazing adventure. Please show your support by donating today.