The 1970s


Creation of Yukon Status of Women Council

The Yukon Status of Women Council started when a group of women came together for a series of meetings to discuss issues and problems that had a particular impact on women of the Yukon. These issues were the high cost of living, lack of formal child care, lack of public transit, lack of legislation preventing workplace discrimination based on sex or marital status, and the male-oriented and male-dominated decision-making power across the Territory.


YSWC Transit Committee starts

Yukon Women Mini-Bus Society had the goal of operating, controlling and managing a public transportation system in Whitehorse to help enable better access to transportation, especially for women.


YSWC Incorporated: Yukon Status of Women Council becomes incorporated under societies


OptiMSt starts

YSWC creates a newsletter that would later be renamed as "The OptiMSt. It provided updates on the work being done by YSWC and other related groups.

October 1974

Women and Work Conference: YSWC hosted this conference to provide info to Yukon women, and to determine what areas the YSWC could focus on in the future. 

April 1975

Teachers’ Federation Workshop - YSWC assisted the Yukon Teacher’s Federation in running a workshop about sexism in textbooks, possibilities for professional advancement in the Yukon and about the expectations of girls in the working world and how to prepare them.

September 1975

Yukon Mini-Bus Society Formed - YSWC Transit Committee formed its own society: The Yukon Mini-Bus Society. It sought funding through Company of Young Canadians for research and lobbied Transport Canada for $80,000 for a pilot project. 


October 1975

“Yukon Women”, a book by Jo-Ann Bradley, Anthea Bussy, Tracey Reid and Audrie Walker which aimed to give Yukon Women useful information about their legal rights and responsibilities, and about the healthcare that was available in the Yukon. 


Position Paper on Mackenzie Valley Pipeline - YSWC composed a position paper opposing the proposed MacKenzie Valley Pipeline. The paper described the negative impacts of the project on both social and environmental fronts. It predicted an increase in cost of living, and an influx of people speculating on jobs, including many single men, which could cause social problems. There would have been very few permanent jobs created and very little to none of these jobs would have benefitted women. 

Child Care Action Committee formed whose main concern was the lack of support for child care from the Territorial Government. The main efforts of the committee went towards public education and the establishment of minimum standards of childcare, and financial support to childcare facilities. 


Alaska Highway Pipeline Coalition formed - Public concern regarding the Alaska Highway Pipeline project resulted in the formation of a coalition including: Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Mines, Yukon Visitors Association, Yukon Conservation Society, YSWC, VFWC, Consumer Association, Yukon Publix Service Pipeline Impact Committee, and University of Canada North. 


YSWC now had a weekly column called “OptiMSm” in the Thursday edition of the Whitehorse Star. Focus of the column was on daycare, sex education and in the schools and planned parenthood. 


Pipeline Impact Research - YSWC completed research with the Vancouver Women’s Research Centre and Fort Nelson Women’s Centre. The research was aimed at evaluating the impact of the Alaska Highway Gas Pipeline on women, identifying opportunities and outlining the needs of women in order to help them cope with negative effects and take advantage of opportunities.